Hair, there, everywhere

Have you seen the university’s latest horticultural experiment? If you’re a guy, probably not because it’s in the women’s restroom in UHB. The university has decided to grow a gaggle of chia pets in the stalls of the women’s restrooms in UHB.

I’m not sure how they’ve managed this disgusting feat, but they’ve done it! There is hair growing out of the beige, plastic stall walls.

Okay, I need to give credit where credit is due. Static, the female student body of UIS, and most likely some kind of new cleaning agent are really to blame for the hairy walls.

UIS just can’t win when it comes to the women’s bathrooms in UHB. In September, I commented on their inability to complete the seemingly simple task of repairing or replacing a couple broken paper towel dispensers.

The Journal was contacted by David Barrows, the Executive Director of Facilities and Services, who explained the reason for the delay in fixing the issue. Apparently, they were having many issues with the current model of paper towel dispensers and were just starting to address the issue.

In the meantime, they would make sure that every restroom in UHB had at least one functioning paper towel dispenser. To my knowledge, they have done this, but they didn’t use much common sense when they did it.

For example, on the second floor, the remaining functioning paper towel dispenser is at the opposite end of the room from the door. Most students aren’t going to walk all the way to the other end of the room to get a paper towel when they can grab some from the rolls lying on the counters.

I think that’s what really grinds my gears about this whole paper towel debacle. In my previous column, I pointed out how unsanitary paper towels left on the counter really are. Yet, the University continues the practice of providing hand-drying apparatuses in this manner.

Add to that the massive amount of hair that collects on the walls, and I’d rather “hold it” than use the restrooms in UHB. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have an office in that building and have to use those restrooms all day.

Imagine how it would look to a mother accompanying her child on a campus visit. Would you want your son or daughter attending a school whose bathroom walls collect hair and can’t even be bothered to have working paper towel dispensers?

Imagine how it looks to a student racking up tons of debt to attend UIS, yet the University doesn’t care enough to make sure the bathrooms are suitable for use and students have a hygienic way to dry their hands.

Show your community a little respect. Clean it up.

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