Opinion: Ew, don’t go in there! Keep your bathrooms clean

I’m not the biggest germaphobe on the planet, but when it comes to the cleanliness of a bathroom, I become a big clean-freak. I lived in Ross Hall and on 3rdfloor last year. For the first part of the year, the men’s bathroom was kept in pretty good condition by the residents, but by the middle and end of the year, the men’s bathroom became a disaster. Chew and beer cans were found in the urinals and toilets, as well as in the showers. Toilet paper was all over the floor and hair was in the sinks.

I don’t know what propels people do these types of things. It’s a community bathroom, so you should feel obligated to do your part in keeping the bathroom clean. I understand that you can’t control what other people do when they are drunk or want to cause trouble, but knowing you didn’t have a hand in the destruction of a bathroom should make you feel good. Just because the bathroom isn’t “your” bathroom at your parent’s house doesn’t mean you can make a mess and expect the janitors to clean it up.

It got so bad last year, that I started going down to second floor to use the bathroom. Thankfully I live off-campus this year so I don’t have to put up with other people’s mess. It’s disgusting, immature, inappropriate, irresponsible and disrespectful to not only you, but your floor mates, your hall, and your school. Have some pride and keep the bathrooms clean. Technically, you are adults, and in college, so it shouldn’t be hard to keep a bathroom clean and in working condition. I don’t know what propels some students to remove stall doors from its hinges? What’s the point of that? And why do people write things on the stalls? It doesn’t make much sense to me. I understand that there are a lot of unanswered questions, but I guess only one question matters. It’s not your property, so why are you destroying it?

Felicity Bosk -- The Stinger
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