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Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2014 7:00 am

Some Wayne State residence hall patrons say they are uncomfortable with the cleanliness of The Towers Residential Suites, Ghafari Hall and Atchison Hall.

“The residence halls aren’t clean at all,” said freshman theater major Tishera Page. “For the money that we’re paying to stay here, it should be better.”

Page said she has lived in both Atchison and Ghafari during her first semester at WSU. She said it is not uncommon to see garbage and other debris in the lounges and hallways.

“Earlier this month, there were chicken bones in the elevator (in Ghafari). There were ants everywhere and it took them three days to clean it up,” she said. “They literally had to hang signs that said ‘don’t do hair’ in the lounges because people would leave hairballs.”

According to Facilities Management, each residence hall has at least one cleaning crewmember on duty through the morning. Although there is someone on duty, Page believes that the mess doesn’t reflect their work. She said she believes it reflects the students more so than the campus cleaners.

“I mean, there have been times I hear them on the phone instead of cleaning, but as students, we play a part too. There’s only so much they can do,” she said.  

These types of conditions have made some residents uncomfortable. Some students also say that these conditions make for a negative reputation.

“As a whole, it makes us look stupid and dirty,” said freshman biomedicine major Kizzmett Littleton. “It makes us look unintelligent. When people come and visit us, that is what they’ll think of us.”

Littleton and Page say they agree that WSU students take their residence halls for granted. They say they believe that students have created a “dirty culture” on campus and that students feel it is okay to trash their environment.

“I think that’s just how people feel as WSU students,” said Page. “We complain about paying all this money to stay here and then we disvalue it by trashing it.”

Associate Director of Auxiliary Facilities Jon Barth said the University uses all of its available resources to keep the residence halls clean. He said that they’ve heard nothing but positive things about the cleanliness of the campus.

“Auxiliary Facilities at Wayne State University, specifically as it relates to University Housing and Residential Life, is proud of providing students with a clean and safe place to live and learn,” said Barth. “We have heard from current and prospective students that our housing facilities are cleaner and more inviting than other universities in the area.”

Barth went on to say that the University has recently improved housekeeping to prevent such an issue.

“Recently we have modified housekeeping and maintenance staff schedules to include weekend coverage,” he said. “We know that there were cleaning concerns in the past and we encourage students and staff to submit service requests for any concerns they see or to contact me directly to address their concerns.”

Nonetheless, students like Page still feel that there is a cleanliness problem at Wayne State. She spoke on behalf of all of her fellow students by urging them to do better. She says she believes it will take a group effort to turn this issue around.

“Treat this place like it’s your home,” she said. “And if you treat your home like crap, shame on you.”

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