Opinion: Consequences of living on-campus

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Jace Op

Toilet in Men's restroom of Smith Hall.

At first glance, the Smith hall looks like a magnificent castle ready to suit the needs of the upperclassmen who choose to live there. It’s covered in solid red brick and is four stories high. There are battlements on each corner of the roof that only make it more prestigious.

Living on campus has some pretty good benefits that you wouldn’t get living off-campus. 

For example, if you live on campus everything is conveniently close, bathrooms get cleaned for you, the buildings are really safe and even free wifi and cable. 

There are even studies that show living on campus supports learning. 

According to greatschools.org research conducted by Ernest Pascarella at the University of Iowa and Patrick Terenzini at Pennsylvania State University, living on campus can facilitate a learning environment and result in higher-quality interactions between students.

Their research (one conducted in 1991 and another in 2005) analyzed more than 5,000 studies, conducted between 1967 and 1999. It concluded that on-campus students were more likely to stay in school and to graduate than their commuter counterparts.

Although there are many benefits to living on campus there are quite a few downsides that go along with it. 

When I first moved into Smith, I thought it was going to be great because it’s an upperclassmen dorm. 

I assumed everyone would keep to themselves and it would be generally clean. 

I was proven wrong pretty quickly. 

One of the first things I noticed was that there wasn’t a laundry room on every floor like there is in Frees Hall. There are only laundry rooms on the first and third floor. 

In addition, there are only two washing machines and two dryers on the third floor which means that there is a possibility that 76 students sharing those two washing machines. 

Basically, there are never washing machines open and even when you do get the chance to use them if you’re not there at exactly the time your clothes finish, someone will pull out your clothes from the washer or dryer and just toss it off to the side without a care in the world. 

This can be really frustrating at times when you show up to clean clothes just getting dirty again. 

I really appreciate the custodians that work in Smith because sometimes I am convinced that animals live in the building. 

Whenever I go to the bathroom to shower I am constantly greeted with some questionable curly hairs all over the shower floor.

 Along with that it seems if students have gotten too accustomed to automatic toilets. Some students clearly don’t know how to “aim” properly and somehow cover the seats in urine, and to top it off they don’t even flush. 

I understand that is how some people may treat their bathrooms at home but when you are sharing a community bathroom you need to have some common courtesy for others that use the bathroom as well.