Column: Students should not need to pay more

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

One of the most ridiculous things about living in the dorms is that we have to pay to wash our clothes. How is that not somehow put into the $20,000 that we pay a year to go here?

It is also pretty inconvenient that you can only use the chip on your Panther card and cannot use cash or a debit card. But I don’t think we should really have to pay at all.

A lot of the times the boxes that you put your card in to get money on the chip, doesn’t even work, now you’re screwed until they get that fixed.

Every time I have to do my laundry, I always have to do two loads because it all doesn’t fit in one washer. That costs me $3.50 each time I have to do laundry.

It also doesn’t help that when it comes to doing laundry, I tend to forget that I started it so sometimes they may sit in the wash for a couple hours long and I have to rewash them because they smell pretty awful. Then I have to spend a few more dollars to rewash.

Also, I’ll forget they are in the dryer about 75 percent of the time and sometimes the dryer will not stop so my clothes will dry for many hours. I think my record is towards nine. Then my clothes shrink or come out an absolute wrinkled mess.

It is pretty ridiculous that we have to pay for our clothes to be washed. With us being college kids, money is not always the easiest thing to get ahold of. How do you do your laundry then?

Instead of being able to buy food or pay for other essentials I have to put $20 on my card so I don’t have to keep worrying about getting money on my card to do laundry.

For some of us, we have to wear shirts for work and it’s not like we have a lot of those. How often do you have to wash that shirt to make sure you are ready to go to work?

I have to wear polos to all of the athletic events I cover for The Daily Eastern News and I don’t have too many of those so sometimes I have to do laundry just for that reason.

It just baffles me that with the $20,000 we pay a year and whatever amount we pay for room and board, free washes for our clothes is not included. I get that water is expensive but come on. Pretty soon we’ll have to pay to take a shower too.

I know that nothing will ever change with that but that’s just how I feel. I think using washing machines should come included in room and board fees, and I think many students would agree with me on this.

It is only $1.75 for each wash, but all of that really adds up especially if you have to do more than one load each time. School is already expensive, so adding this washing fee would ease the financial situation of students.

Sean Hastings is a sophomore journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]