By Jess Forte
The Vaughn Center lies at the heart of the UT campus and is a hub for student activity. It is also the home for about 520 students. Everyone has dirty laundry that accumulates over time, and so do the students living in the Vaughn Center. However, getting the laundry done as a Vaughn resident is nothing but a bitter struggle.
Located on the third floor of the nine-story facility, the Vaughn laundry room is perhaps one of the most disgusting places I’ve seen on campus. The floor is damp and grey with dirt, littered with dryer sheets that students were too lazy to put into the garbage can just a few feet away.
When opened, it is unsure of what can be found inside of a washer or dryer. Ballpoint pens, wads of hair, and even condoms have taken their place on my list of discoveries. Lint filters are clogged in almost every dryer, and a lot of times I’m surprised that the entire building hasn’t burned down after eleven years.
They say on the outside of a machine that it’s a fire hazard to not empty the lint filter after one load. I can’t imagine the dangers of leaving it clogged for a week, because as far as I’ve seen, I’m the only one that actually empties it after unloading my clothes.
Besides the hassle of taking an elevator ride or walking down the stairs, once you get to the laundry room, you never know when your laundry is going to actually get done. Yes, there are alternatives to waiting, such as using the website laundryview.com to see what machines are available, but it still doesn’t alleviate the main problem: there are 520 students living in the Vaughn Center and we have one laundry room with only 16 washers and 16 dryers−considering that you’re doing laundry on a day when something isn’t broken.
When I do my weekly laundry, there is always at least one washer or one dryer broken. Broken as in, not working. That doesn’t include the dryers with missing buttons or washing machines where the “colors” cycle button doesn’t work and I have to pick a different one, hoping that I’ll come back forty minutes later and my clothes aren’t ruined.
Right now, there are two parties that can be blamed for the downright terrible laundry room. The first is the lazy students. I don’t know why it’s so hard to put a dryer sheet in the garbage. The second party is obviously the builders of the Vaughn Center. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great building and I loved living there, but did they really think it was a good idea to put in such a small laundry facility for 520 people?
I’m not sure if there’s any way that we can add more places to do laundry, but the students here need to stop thinking that the floor is their personal garbage can and start treating the room with more respect.
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