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Soapless dorms anger residents

Oct. 10, 2000



Students at South Russell Residence Hall deal with a soapy situation everyday.

Imagine yourself walking over to the sink after using the bathroom. You turn on the faucet, run your hands under the luke warm water and realize that no matter where you turn, soap is nowhere to be found.

South Russell has sinks in the bathrooms and soap dishes mounted on the wall, but the university has never provided soap or soap dispensers, Melissa Taylor, director of South Russell, said.

Students at South Russell have to leave their community bathrooms and go back to their rooms in order to wash their hands.

According to office assistants, other dorms are facing the same problem. Neither soap nor soap dispensers are provided for Collins and North Russell Residence Halls. Both of these female dorms, that house primarily freshmen, contain community bathrooms.

Kokernot Residence Hall, a female primarily upper classmen dorm, has soap dispensers, but they didn't have soap in them until Friday. Penland Residence Hall, a male dorm that houses primarily freshmen, has community bathrooms but no soap dispensers or soap. Martin Residence Hall, a male upperclassmen dorm, has community bathrooms that contain soap and soap dispensers. Memorial, Dawson, Alexander and Allen Residence Halls, which are all female upperclassman dorms, have personal bathrooms.

'It's annoying to walk from the bathroom to your room just to wash your hands, [and] for the first couple of weeks, I had to take soap in my hand to the bathroom, which was really gross,' Jenn Hamilton, a St. Louis freshman, said.

The students at South Russell

said having no soap in the dorm is unsanitary, and they have taken the matter into their own hands.

'South Russell has come together as a community and got soap,' said Christina Twine, a Houston sophomore and resident assistant at South Russell.

Presently there are soap dispensers in the bathrooms, but that is only because the students have purchased them themselves.

'When the [dispensers] are full, it's OK, but they get low fast, and that's annoying,' Kari Dvorak, a Princeton, N.J., freshmen said.

Reagan Shoemaker, a Fort Worth freshman, said she shouldn't have to spend money on soap for her hall's community bathroom because the university should provide it. Some students have complained to the Baylor Executive Association of Residents, who said they were trying to get dispensers for the bathrooms.