Wet and dry clothes thrown together on a white plastic table, white and yellow fliers above big white machines and the faint smell of laundry detergent and dryer sheets are some of the first things Pitt-Johnstown students may experience upon entering a campus laundry room.
For many students this experience may soon be followed by anger upon realizing that all the washers and dryers are taken or that some are out of service.
Pitt-Johnstown campus laundry issues may be slightly relieved as laundry machines from the College Park Apartments are to be installed in the North Lodges.
According to Student Government Association Student Affairs and Campus Development co-chair Allen Skoranski no specific placement location has been determined.
“They are still seeing the best possible area to put them based on space available and cost to install,” he said.
Skoranski said this information was given to him by Housing and Residence Director Mark Dougherty.
Skoranski’s co-chair Luke Trotz said four washers and four dryers are to be installed.
Skoranski said that university administrators are looking into possible ways to make the laundry situation better for campus students, but there is no official information available at the moment.
UPJ students have been complaining about laundry issues for years.
A November 2012 UPJ Advocate article said some students have to wake up at 6 a.m. to do laundry. Almost a year later, this is still the case.
Senior Amber Miller, who lives in the Highland Townhouses, said she usually does her laundry at 7 or 8 a.m. during the week because it is the only time she can find empty machines.
She said even waking up that early is useless at times.
“Sometimes, even that early, there are no machines open because other students are waking up early too,” she said.
Miller said it is not right to have such few machines to share between all the students in the North Lodges and the Townhouses.
Bobby Meyers, a Briar Lodge resident, said it is unfair that he has to pay so much money to the university that cannot provide him with adequate laundry equipment.