It's About Damn Time: EC Offers Free Laundry (Get your Tide Pods out of the fridge)

Cheyenne Roper
News Editor

Photo: Campus residents doing their free loads of laundry in West Hall.  Courtesy of Cheyenne Roper.

Photo: Campus residents doing their free loads of laundry in West Hall. Courtesy of Cheyenne Roper.

Hoarding quarters and using Laundry Bucks on your Jaypass are now a thing of the past.

In an effort to make the campus living experience more a ordable and convenient, the Office of Residence Life sent out an e-mail to EC residents announcing that doing laundry would be free for the rest of the year as of August 30.

Karen Kissel, former Vice President and CFO of Finance and Administration, spoke about the school’s decision to provide this new freebie.

“The college wanted to provide an additional amenity to our residential students,” said Kissel. “We shared the concept with some students and they thought it was a great idea so we made it happen.”

EC residents are thrilled with this new offering. “I love the free laundry,” said EC sophomore Amy Young with her laundry bin in hand. “I can fully take advantage of it and do as manyloads as I want without having to worry about money.”

The e-mail was sent out to residents about a week into the school year, meaning some students had already anticipated on using their Laundry Bucks on their Jaypass.

“We were hoping to have the equipment converted prior to the start of the school year, but it took a week longer than we had expected” explained Kissel.

The e-mail also mentioned that if you have pre-loaded laundry money already on your Jaypass, your laundry funds will be moved automatically by September 15 to your Bluejay Bucks account (which can be used in the café, but will expire at the end of the academic year).

Despite the initial delay, EC residents are still excited about this new bestowal.

“I’m so happy because now I can do like 10 loads at a time,” remarked senior Ellie Spindle. “I used to wait and save it all up but now I can just do as much as I want.”

Since laundry is o cially free to residents, this means that the school had to decide to expend a certain amount of money to make it work.

“The cost is not that significant, and the residential students really appreciate it,” said Kissel. “That is what matters.”

This decision is saving students money that can be put towards other things they may need, like food or clothing.

“I saved up a bunch of quarters because I do a lot of laundry and now I won’t need them for it,” mentioned junior Taylor Davitt.

The resolution to provide free laundry was made by more than one once on campus, and they all collectively agreed on the matter.

Kissel made note of how there were people involved from Student Financial Services and Information Services, but that Student Affairs took the lead in making this decision happen. She also added that if there is a need for more washers and driers due to the possible increase of usage among residents, investing in more may be something that could be explored by the school.

Regardless, this idea seems to be going over well so far among those who live on campus. “It’s amazing, I feel like I can stay on campus more now and hang out with my friends,” said senior Sandra Contreras Marques.