Free laundry a major benefit for students

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    Admit it – washing your laundry isn’t ever something that you look forward to doing. But at least now there’s one less reason to put it off.

    This year marks the first time in the university’s history that all students living on campus won’t have to pay every time they wash a load of laundry.

    After years of having to wait until you could scrape together $2 in quarters to wash and dry one load of laundry or having to add to a growing list of send-home charges, campus residents can now do their laundry free of charge at a time that is most convenient for them.

    Craig Allen, director of Residential Services, said the university spent about $120,000 to set up charge-free washers and dryers in the residence halls. He also said that room and board fees increased to accommodate the cost.

    And while increases in either tuition or room and board fees are often frowned upon, the convenience that this change affords students is well worth the slight increase. The $120,000 expense doesn’t add much to the room and board fees for the thousands of students living on campus. And if they’re doing laundry as often as they should, this will save them money by the time the school year is over.

    The decision to equip all residence halls with charge-free washers and dryers should be appreciated by all students, even those who don’t live on campus. Because who enjoys being forced to sit next to the smelly kid in class who doesn’t regularly utilize the wash? That’s right. No one.

    Associate editor Logan Wilson for the editorial board.