By Kelsey McKinney, Assistant Editor
In college, many things are an exception. No other time in one’s life is it acceptable to wear pajamas in public, eat large amounts of fried food in the wee hours of the morning and consistently lose large amounts of sleep, and showers, while still functioning like a normal human being. These years of pure grunge are not to be taken for granted. We are fortunate enough to be a part of an institution in which the faculty tolerates the behavior of the unique life of its students. That being said, many residents on campus are becoming dissatisfied with the conditions in which they are living; the grunge has reached its limit.
The student body has growing concerns with WFF, the cleaning service on campus. Students are bringing attention to areas on campus that are not only not adequately cleaned, but also being neglected, especially in dormitories. One Rogers Hall resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, expressed growing concerns about the bathrooms in her building. She mentioned a sharp decline in cleaning of the bathrooms after the third week of school. She stated that she is forced to clean the sinks, showers and toilets herself prior to using them. “The sinks go continually without being cleaned for a week,” she stated, “I take pride in having a clean living space and do not feel that I should have to clean up for the rest of the girls on my side of the hall and not get paid to do so.”
Rogers Hall is not the only dorm that students have observed lacking in cleaning maintenance. Residence halls in general are seeing a decline in their cleaning services. West Liberty University is subject to its students, and this includes sectors such as WFF. If it were not for the students, it would not be the University it is now, thus it should be the university’s responsibility to satisfy the students that call this place home for $20,000 a year. If living is not held up to the students’ standards, something should be done. A resident on campus, who wishes to remain anonymous, sums the situation up:
“I think WFF is either on or off. For the upperclassman dorms they are doing fine for the most part however, I have friends in the freshman dorms who constantly complain about the community bathrooms and how often they are cleaned. Academic buildings are hit or miss with the overall cleanliness. I think that WFF has potential but every time I turn around I see them sitting down somewhere or causing a smoke screen by smoking in groups having a chit chat session. Their jobs are not that hard, however, if you think about it they are equally as important as any other department on this campus. They are the ones who make things shine for potential students but as for the returners the shine quickly wears off from the first week and isn’t upheld. If the school is worried about retention, people are not going to want to go to school here let alone live on campus if it isn’t clean. WFF needs to stop dragging the trash and pick up their act.”
This resident has very strong points. There is a definite change that needs to be made in order to make both current and future students content with the living situation on campus. This belief of “on or off” competency of WFF employees seems to be a common opinion among students. However, despite the dissatisfaction with cleaning on campus, students may need to reflect on their own habits as well.
Although we ourselves may be lacking in the clean department, this does not mean that we should be lazy about our surroundings either. Communal living requires, in large part, for students to tolerate that the the work to maintain bathrooms and hallways of dorms cannot be kept up 24 hours of the day. Students have to keep in mind that WFF are the people who get the underwear out of the trees and clean the hair out of the shower drain in the morning and we have to give them credit. WFF may need to step up their game, but students also need to be team players.
As the anonymous resident stated, WFF has potential. The cleaning situation on campus needs to improve drastically. This will require work effort from both students and WFF. There are many things that are an exception in college, but living in a clean environment should not be one of them.