Students share their opinion about campus toilet paper


    At TCU, students receive free concerts and football tickets, daily maid service in residence halls as well as reindeer and fake snow as part of the Christmas tree lighting service.

    But there’s one area at the university that students say lacks luxury: the bathroom stalls have 1-ply toilet paper, which means the toilet paper only has one layer.

    “It feels like a pine cone. I don’t appreciate the way that the toilet paper feels for $50,000 a year,” Cory Wegner, a senior criminal justice major, said. “I feel like we can afford better.”

    The university should use its money and invest in better-quality toilet paper, he said.

    “We all use it, faculty and students,” Wegner said. “Why not increase the quality of necessities that we all use?”

    Brooke Long, a senior geology major and resident assistant in Colby Hall, said she hears complaints about the toilet paper sometimes.

    “It’s pretty cheap," she said. "It’s your basic cheap toilet paper,”

    Long said many of the women in her dorm complain but end up either getting used to the toilet paper provided on campus or buying their own.

    Roger Fuller, the purchasing agent for the university, said the school spends around $100,000 per year for toilet paper.

    The residential buildings already utilize 2-ply toilet paper and the toilet paper purchased for the entire campus are LEED, Green Seal and CIMS certified, he said.

    Fuller said that he receives complaints about the toilet paper occasionally.

    “We are always looking to improve the quality of the products provided to the campus community,” he said.

    “But it should be noted that the paper goods in use at the university were selected based on quality, budget considerations, types of dispensers, building capacity and staffing available for stocking.”

    Other universities have taken steps to deal with any sort of issues that students might have with the toilet paper.

    Duke University switched their 1-ply toilet paper to “softer” 2-ply last spring, according to the Duke Chronicle, the campus newspaper.

    Albert Scott, director of grounds, housekeeping, sanitation and recycling services for Duke explained the rationale of the decision to the newspaper.

    “The move is being made because the current tissue is one-ply tissue,” he said. “Really, with the one-ply tissue, most people would have to double that up in order to use it.”

    Steps to becoming a more toilet-paper conscientious university like Duke might have to start with an upgrade to 2-ply toilet paper for the entire university.