Damn Laundry Day


Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 11:55 p.m.

From the moment she entered the room, he knew what she wanted. However, he was not going to let things go her way. He had been waiting a long time, a wait that had lasted hours upon end. He was surprised at his patience and stamina. This time his prize was not going to elude him. Staring her down, he took a step toward her. She opened her eyes wide in fear. “No!” she wailed, but he ignored her protests. Smiling devilishly, he proceeded to take what was rightfully his…the last open dryer.

A lot of people expected there might be some difficulties doing laundry in college. Washing the right clothes together and using the right detergent were some of the problems we knew to look out for. Still, there have been some mistakes.

“Once I forgot the sheets for the dryer, about to walk up and down three flights of stairs to get them, so I just threw my clothes on in,” said freshman Zhada Eaves about her experiences doing laundry.

Forgetting seems to be common because Amina Ellison, also a freshman, overlooked her entire load of laundry.

“I thought I had started my clothes to wash, but I didn’t and left them in the laundry room. I didn’t recognize I was missing them until the next day," she said. However, there is one thing people did not expect: having to fight over the machines. It seems as if everyone waits around to wash their clothes on the day when everyone else is washing theirs. Limited space and the occasional broken machine do not alleviate the problem. A fierce and vicious battle, filled with eye rolls, name-calling, threats and ‘your mama’ jokes ensues.

“I almost cussed this one girl out when I was doing my laundry because I left for just a second and she took my clothes out of the machine and put it on the table,” said Ellison.

Freshman Carley Wyche also painted a similar picture of the laundry scene and the arguments over the use of the machines.

“I have almost bowed a couple people who tried to put their clothes in the dryer before me when I was obviously waiting much longer. I have had people get attitudes with me for taking their clothes out of the washing machine after they left them in there for like an hour. They claim they only left them there for like five minutes,” she said.

The question is how do we stop the bloodshed? How can the University of Florida put an end to the dirty looks and the whispers behind people’s backs in the dorm halls? The answer is quite simple according to Wyche.

As she pointed out, “There are not enough dryers. If it takes twice as long to dry clothes as it does to wash them, then why aren’t there twice as many dryers? In Jennings, people will throw down over a dryer because two or three dryers are always broken. Because of this there are never enough to meet everyone’s needs.”

Zhada Eaves agreed that the laundry machines are in a poor state.

"The machines in Murphree need to be updated,” Eaves said.

The students have the solutions, and the University needs to listen to their concerns. With the amount of tuition paid by students, there has to be enough to cover the costs to fix or buy new laundry machines. Until this is done, unfortunately, the rumbles over dryers and washing machines will continue.

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