Kenna Gottschalk, Staff Writer

“I can’t afford that, I’m broke.” I am sure we’ve all heard this at some point or another from a college student. The problem with this quote for students living in Oak Hall at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is that it’s being said in reference to laundry. The price of laundry is a common complaint for students at Oak and has been a topic of debate regarding the cost and convenience of it.

Tess Abilock, president of the Residential Housing Association at UMSL said, “People do complain that it costs money to do laundry, but we offer free laundry day once a semester and it is cheaper to do laundry here than at a laundromat.”

Abilock says she has never done laundry on campus because she saves money by taking it home to do it, but not all students are able to do this.

I asked her if she had any advice for students who live far from home and she said, “If at all possible, take your laundry home, if not, I would say do your washing, but then hang your clothes to dry to save money, and because a lot of people end up running the dryer twice to get their clothes dry and that’s a waste of money.”

Just recently, Hailey Ramatowski, freshman, biology, was drying her laundry and upon removing it from the dryer came to find that her clothes were still quite damp. Rather than spending another dollar to maybe get them dry the second go around, she took her wet clothes up to her dorm.

“I constructed my own clothesline in my dorm room and bathroom out of yarn, and hung my clothes up on that! It was a real inconvenience but it saved me a dollar or so,” said Ramatowski.

Not every student sees the laundry as a problem though. One student came to the realization they need to wash and dry their clothes in smaller increments. Although this may cost them, they say they’d rather have their laundry done right and admit that their money would’ve gone toward a pop or candy bar instead, which actually costs more than a dollar, so they’re fine with it going toward clean, dry clothes.

Ali Schoon, freshman, psychology, appreciates the convenience of the laundry room and said “I’m very thankful there is laundry access at Oak Hall so I don’t have to worry about going into a rough neighborhood to do my weekly laundry, I can just go downstairs and stay safe in my dorm.”

Living independently most certainly has its pros and cons, and every students’ opinion on this lifestyle is different from the next. The laundry at Oak Hall appears to be another disagreement between students, staff, administration and campus. Are the problems worth fixing?