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Editorial

Custodial staff deserves respect

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May 8, 2008

It never seems to fail. College students make messes. We here at the Student Voice are no different than you, our readers.
We have messy desks, spill on the floor and can’t help but let our trash overflow, especially since we received 11 cases of Vault from the Coca-Cola promoters.

And who is there to help out and clean up after us? Simple, it’s the wonderful custodial staff in the residence halls and the academic buildings.

We feel that the custodians at UW-River Falls do not get as much credit as they deserve. We can’t thank them enough for all that they do to help us out. We appreciate what they do more than they might ever know.

Early in the morning, they are there to fix what we may have messed up the night before. They are there to clean our bathroom so we have a nice, clean shower, which is not filled with hair. They wash toothpaste off the mirror so we can see our pretty faces. They make sure we have toilet paper so we can … blow our noses.

They replace our light bulb so we can see and study in good light. They fix windows when we fall out of our lofts or have snowballs thrown at them.

Their hard work makes our living and learning environments much better places to be. They are the ones who make our environment a healthy and sanitary one.

Who wants to walk down a hallway that is covered in trash or try to make it into a residence hall’s bathroom jumping over a pool of vomit? Nobody does.

But besides cleaning up after us, they are always there to provide us with a cheery hello or a smile when we walk by. For an individual to do this after cleaning up what we refuse to is pretty amazing.

It doesn’t matter what kind of mess we make, they are there to help us out.

Appreciate it while you can, because once you get into the real world you will have to take time out of your busy day, spend money on cleaning supplies and clean all your messes up yourself.

So before the end of the year, if you see a custodial staff, stop and thank them for the wonderful work that they do.