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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.

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“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.”

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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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