Laundry Day


Josiah Darnell

The 5 lonely dryers in Martin Hall’s Laundry Room

Josiah Darnell, Opinion Editor

Laundry day is that dreadful day out of the week when you have absolutely no clothes to wear and you need to get them wash so you won’t look like a bum in public. So you get all your clothes together, you throw them in the hamper grab your detergent and head for the laundry room. You’re all set and ready to go but once you get downstairs there are ten other people who had the same idea as you.

Now it’s not a crime to have laundry day the same day as somebody else but it is a crime is when there are only five washers and five dryers for a building that holds over two hundred people. Yes, I’m talking about both Martin Hall and North Hall.

It’s absolutely annoying when you go down to the laundry room and all the dryers are taken and each of them have at least fifty minutes left. At that moment, you’re probably contemplating whether to put your clothes in the wash or not because you don’t want to have to come back and find your clothes on top of a machine or just not there at all. I can definitely relate to that. On the other hand, there could be a situation where you walk down there and there are no washers available, or you can just be out of luck and find no machines available at all.

Time is too precious for college students to be worrying about when the next machine will be available we have other things on our mind. I say things would be a lot easier if more washers and dryers were added to North Hall and Martin Hall. I know the buildings are old and the plumbing system will be hard to adjust, but I know money talks, and from the new renovations that have been happening on campus, like Choate House being repainted, and new signs being put up, that doesn’t seem to be the issue.

To me, it just doesn’t seem fair that the newer buildings, although they are new, have five washers and dryers on every floor. I’m not saying we need washers and dryers on every floor, that’s just unrealistic. What I am saying is that in order to make things fair for those who aren’t in the newer buildings, add some extra machines to make laundry day more productive.

Laundry day is a hassle within itself. You have to worry about separating the lights and darks. Then there is the fear of shrinking your clothes or losing them, and not having enough washer and dryer machines doesn’t need to be added on to that. I guarantee you that the minute more washer and dryer machines are added to North and Martin Hall life will get just a little bit easier.