Why was the timer changed such that it triggers after leaving the first room? It should only activate when the first player enters the big room, or blows the hall IMR. That way players have time to try jumping over the hall IMR to earn the hidden accolade and free Sciencce Borg Bridge Officer.
It amazes me how quickly players destory the hall device without checking to see if other players need the accolade. Even after the timer expires, once the sheilds are down, players blow the device. I have the accolade on all of my characters, but I try to make sure others earn it too.