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Trashed

By Andrea Starr

Over the course of the last three weeks I have come to call Finlandia University my home. In that same time, I’ve met many new people who I am happy to call my friends. In fact, there isn’t one thing about campus that I have found to my disliking…except one. Trash. Particularly on weekends, there seems to be a lack of cleanliness.

Floor lounges resemble dumpsters, hallways seem to have been struck by tornadoes, but there is no student in sight on a Monday morning to clean up after a wild weekend. This past weekend my roommate and myself took it upon ourselves to spend a minor five minutes picking up the seemingly unending amounts of trash (probably about a full trash bag) that had accumulated in our floor’s lounge – none of which was our own mess.

In my opinion, cleaning up for yourself can make a huge difference here on campus (not to mention it’s common courtesy to the cleaning staff). If you take a little time to throw away your Jimmy John’s and T-Bell, it shows a lot about your character and a lot about your school pride. We’re blessed to be able to attend college in the first place, let alone a private university, so pick up after yourself. Don’t trash Finlandia.

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13 Responses to Trashed

  1. angela Reply

    September 17, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Andrea
    I went to Finlandia U., the first year I was there it was Suomi College, my second year it took the status of an university and renamed as finlandia U. that was in 2000. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the semi small classes. I did not live on campus as I commuted. When I needed to see faculty and administrators they made themselves available. All in all it was a very enjoyable experience.

    Angela

  2. ebrima lowe Reply

    September 25, 2013 at 1:02 am

    this is actually right the lounges need to be kept clean at all times

  3. Angelica Reply

    October 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I agree, the students should clean up after themselves, they don’t live at home anymore therefore they don’t have anyone clean up for them and they need to take responsibility as a person and not litter. This is a commendable article and everyone who lives on campus or is a commuter should read!

  4. Andrew Reply

    October 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    This is my third year here at Finlandia University, and I have been in the dorms. I see at times that they are trashed and no one seems to care or clean up after themselves. When I see a lounge that trashed, I try my best to clean it up because I do not like when the lounge is closed due to other peoples mess. I like to relax and watch TV when I can.

  5. Brittney Coleman Reply

    October 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Andrea! it’s about time someone wrote an article on how trashy the dorms actually get. Maybe the students including myself will finally understand that it is time to grow up and take care of what we have, where we live for the next nine months. I have been in the dorms for three years now, and this year has got to be the dirtiest I’ve ever seen them. Have you ever woken up early for class, and while walking out seen the cleaning ladies on the floor scrubbing stains out of the carpets, or even picking up the left over food that was either thrown or smashed into the ground the whole weekend? I seriously feel bad every time I see them cleaning up our mess. I understand it is there job but these dorms have gotten way out of control so thanks for writing this article. Many of us students should take the time to read this.

  6. Paige Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Andrea,
    This is a huge issue that Finlandia has faced the past two years I’ve lived in the dorms. Writing an article like this goes to show, obviously, that it’s a campus wide issue that needs to be taken care of. As you stated, it’s not hard to take 5 minutes out of your day to make the campus look reasonably clean. Honestly, it shouldn’t even have to come down to the 5 minutes out of your day, if people would just clean up after themselves accordingly. The two years I lived in the dorms, the halls, lounges, and elevator have been trashed to the point where it was unsanitary for people to be anywhere near them. It was terrible waking up Monday morning to hear the custodians outside my dorm room complaining about how atrocious the hallways looked.
    Great article. People need to start taking action. Now.

  7. Melinda Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t live on campus but i find this quite shocking. What is wrong with people!? I strongly agree, something has to be done. This is their home away from home and they should treat it with respect. No one should have to clean up another ones mess. It shouldn’t have to come down to taking five minutes of anyones time to do this. Whats wrong with a trash can people??? Maybe Finlandia should enforce a littering policy?

  8. Richard Anderson Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Andrea I completely agree! This is now my third year at Finlandia and it seems every year that the trash has gotten worse. You nailed it when you said “it shows a lot about your character when you pick up after yourself.” It really does! Its sad that some college students cant do what most kindergarteners do by themselves without being told. This was an amazing article! Thank you.

  9. Liz Gundlach Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I also do not live on campus but I do see the cleaning ladies hard at work cleaning up messes that just shouldn’t be there. I also see cigarette butts and other trash all over outside. It really shouldn’t be too hard for everyone to clean up all of their trash. We’re all adults, our parents aren’t here to clean up after us.

  10. Ricardo Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Andrea,
    I strongly agree with you, but it should not come to this. If students would get their lazy butts up and walk a few feet to a trash can. This school would look more nice than it already is. Come on fellow students take pride in our school stop trashing it. Great article most definitely needs to be put in the all the lounges!

  11. Travis Armstrong Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    The fact that this still an ongoing problem at Finlandia Hall is sad to see. I lived in the dorms two years ago for my Freshman year, and from my personal experience living there, it seemed to be a total mess everywhere I went. It’s sad to see that there hasn’t been much of an improvement, and students still have a problem with cleaning up after themselves. We’re not in high school anymore, and the fact that we’re having problems like this at University is discouraging.

  12. chris Reply

    October 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I’m wondering what exactly going on that creates such a huge mess in the first place? Is it simply anything goes on the weekends and there is no security or rules and guidelines being followed? Just wondering. If a mess can get to be this big of a problem where is student safety at??

  13. Breanna Reply

    October 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Andrea! I think this is a great article and highlights a huge problem that is still a ongoing struggle here at Finlandia. I do not understand why students can not pick up after themselves. I lived in the dorms for two years and Finlandia is like my home away from home and I do not disrespect my home and leave a mess there. Why do people still continue to leave a mess at Finlandia Hall which is everyone’s home away from home?

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