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  • Bressa Glomquist and Stelia Moller

Looking Back at Binghamton's Failures: “One-Time-Password” for All Building Entry

Updated: Jan 17

It was a cold winter's night. Harvey laid in his bed; it was a tad too big and a little too soft, making it hard for him to sleep. All he could think about was “What would happen if two people entered a building at the same time?” Then it struck him! He was going to implement the fabulous, flawless, and expeditious design, the one-time-password. (for the sake of my typing fingers I will be using OTP). Over the winter break, Harvey Stenger personally installed a OTP keypad on every door of every building. He thought “Wow this is great, no one has to worry about being followed into buildings!” (That's literally never a fear I've ever had and I am a woman). After their installation, I interviewed an agitated and afraid student, Stelia Moller.


“Good afternoon, Stelia, what an interesting name. Can you tell me a little about what happened yesterday?”

“Yes, well, I was outside Old Rafuse and I was trying to enter. I mean it's a hard enough race to the door after you scan in, then they implemented the one-time-password shit and made it even harder. Anyway, I was trying to enter my OTP when the door locked. So I had to start all over again."

“Wow that is very unfor-”

“I wasn't done. That happened three times and on the fourth time the one-time-password keypad started getting hot and red. Next thing I know I'm watching as the keypad lights on fire and burns Old Rafuse to the ground.”

“Wow, that truly is something. Thank you for your time Stelia.”


The 2016 burning of Old Rafuse did not stop Stenger from continuing to use the OTP keypads. Soon he was seen throwing a tantrum outside his own office building because he had forgotten his phone inside, thus could not input a OTP. The OTP keypads were shortly removed from the building entries, never to be seen again.

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