Toilet Talk (literally)

By Brittany Rosso

Women Bathroom sign

Marco Verch (Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

It almost feels as though this shouldn’t be a topic we need to bring attention to in a college student newspaper, but oh yes, it is urgent. Unfortunately, we need to do better… And yes students, I’m talking about us.

It all started one morning in the bathrooms on the seventh floor of Seton hall. I walked into the bathrooms to use the toilet, and lets just say I was unpleasantly interrupted by several surprises.

The toilet in stall number one was covered with a black garbage bag, a sight I’m sure many of you are familiar with. I mean, I would be surprised if we didn’t have at least one broken toilet in the dorm bathrooms at time. I carried on to stall number two.

It was absolutely destroyed, nothing out of the ordinary. Some slobbish female had left feminine products plugging the toilet, and wrappers on the floor. I took a sigh and went on to the next stall. It wasn’t anything new. I would like to say it should have been a no brainer for the girl to use the garbages designated for feminine products right next to the toilet, but lucky for us, there is nothing actually there. That’s right, no garbage cans for disposal. If you’re a female reading this, you can probably imagine the situations you’re uncomfortably put in when you realize there is no garbage can in the stalls when, ya know… you need it.

Stall three was clean, for the most part, but after several experiences of using the bathroom and then realizing there was no toilet paper left, I now always check first. Of course, to no surprise the toilet paper was still empty, from the last time I remember how I left it two days before. So, I went on to stall number four.

For those who don’t know, there are only 5 toilets in the dorm bathrooms. Well, 5 counting one urinal, and usually one broken toilet. In my case, I could do nothing more but hope for the best as I pushed the door open with my foot.

Toilet paper? Check. Clogged toilet? Nope. This was the final option. The toilet was fully functioning … fully functioning with a filthy urine covered seat. I just about had it. No, actually … I had it after the first 10 seconds when I walked into an absolute pigsty made by adults.

A bathroom-etiquette potty-talk is something you would ever need to have after the fourth grade, but unfortunately we must discuss the problem. As students, staff and faculty, we must all do better.

It is extremely disrespectful to leave this mess for each other, and especially for our custodians and cleaning staff. Not to mention, it is an extreme health hazard to be in such a unsanitary environment, especially in the dorms where we live in a world of germs.

If you wouldn’t want to clean it, don’t leave it. Wash your toothpaste out of the sink, get your hair out of the drains in the showers, rinse the shaving cream and soap down the drain, dispose of trash correctly, and for god sake, flush the toilets. We need to give our facilities, employees, and peers the respect they deserve, and its time to start now.

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