Opinion

Gone with the wash

We all know that JBU students can’t help but complain about the campus food service.

But, really? It costs two dollars and fifty cents to wash and dry clothes? As a resident of JBU, I believe that there has to be a better solution for the laundry services on campus. Doing laundry on campus is inconvenient. As busy students, we need to be able to do our laundry without any hassle.

Providing services for students whose rooms are cluttered with dirty laundry could be much more convenient. Whether Mom does your laundry when you go home or not, doing laundry at this college is irritating. There are several problems with the current laundry situation on campus.

The first problem is the cost. Not only do we have to scrounge around for quarters, but the dryers don’t dry well enough during one cycle. This requires students to pay an extra dollar to start the dryer again. The washers that are provided, costing a dollar and fifty cents per load, are small and don’t hold much. This forces students to wash multiple loads of laundry, costing students even more money.

Another problem with laundry services on campus is the lack of machines. Walking into the laundry room and finding clothes spread out in full view of everyone is humiliating. Who wants to approach a washer with a pair of stained underwear on top of it? Students that need to get their laundry done are often forced to touch other people’s laundry. We have to pick up other people’s slack when they don’t keep up with and leave it unattended and sitting in a machine.

Because it is winter, students dress in layers, which creates more dirty clothes and more loads of laundry. Someone might not notice if one of their peers is wearing the same pair of jeans twice in one week, but when a recently worn t-shirt or sweater is repeated it becomes risky business.

Let’s face the facts. Everyone’s mother has made the comment about the immense amount of laundry that her child begs to bring home every possible chance. Let’s save some gas money and fix this problem where it starts.

Finally, the campus machines have a repulsive and disgusting problem: they are filled with mysterious gunk. Finding someone else’s hair or used bandage, from a previous load, tangled in a zipper or caught on a sweater is not a pretty sight.

This whole inconvenience can be easily resolved. The washers and dryers need to be cleaned. How do I suggest I solve the problems with campus laundry? The money that we save from having the aerators—the things on our faucets— and our recycling could be used to help fund “free campus laundry.”

Do the honors students and the students that live in the duplexes really get “free laundry?” The money to fund this “free” service has to come from somewhere, and we want answers.

We can all agree that there is little hope for the food in the cafeteria, but our laundry still has a fighting chance.