EDITORIAL: Cleanliness of college should be top priority of all

By defaultuser
October 23, 2003

The scene has been played over again hundreds of times this semester-a sleepy student walks into their bathroom with full intentions on taking a shower, but they can’t-the area surrounding is too disgusting. Hair clogs the drain, mud is all over the floor and soap scum is everywhere. But who is to blame for the situation at hand-lazy students or careless housekeeping?

The debate on the sanitation of the dormitories has been escalating in the last few weeks. Students have been complaining that the Arthur Jackson company has not been doing its job correctly. Arthur Jackson employees say the students are disrespectful and the mess is too great and too foul for any person to clean up.

Both sides to the debate have valid points. No student should have get down on their hands and knees and scrub their house bathroom with bleach because it hadn’t been properly cleaned in weeks, like one House 5 girl had to. On the other hand, no human being should have to arrive at work on Friday morning to be greeted by vomit from the night before and then be expected to clean it up.

Another problem that comes with sanitation is the cleanliness of the dorms during admissions tours. The sloppiness of the campus is sometimes enough to turn a prospective student away. A weekly sweep of the dorms should be done by inspectors or Howard holden, director of facilities, to keep the dorms looking top-notch for the admissions tours.

Inspections are supposed to be done every week in every building on campus to make sure the cleanliness is up-to-par. Whether the people who do the weekly sweeps are supervisors or employees, no one seems to have an answer, because these supervisions are rarely seen.

The debate on cleanliness will never be solved unless there is a mediator between the two sides. The mediators should be the Area Coordinators of the students and the supervisors of the cleaning staff. The students who have a problem with the cleanliness of their area should report it to their AC, who should then go to Arthur Jackson and tell them the problem. The housekeeping staff or the inspectors should report their problems to their supervisors, who should then bring up the issue to the area coordinator.

The arguments so far are falling on deaf ears, and nothing is coming out of it. If the appropriate mediators step up and take action, then the sanitation problem may ease up. No one should have to live in filth, and no one should have to clean it up-something needs to be done.

Posted to the web by Stephanie Mangold

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