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Bathroom Graffiti Not The University's Biggest Problem Right Now

Now I will admit that I have yet to have the occasion to use the facilities in the basement of Peabody Hall (in fact I could not say which building is Peabody), however my exploits have brought me in contact with various forms of bathroom graffiti.

There are the strange remnants of a dating service that once ran out of the second floor bathroom of Venable Hall.

We can only lament the loss of the third floor bathroom in Murphy Hall. Once next to one of my favorite pieces of Catullus was scribbled the "Top Ten Things to Come Out of Canada" (in my opinion Alanis Morissette for her joint contribution to the modern music world and to the "You Can't Do That on Television" cast should have been No. 1). I am certain that other men's restrooms are equally colorful.

Now I do realize that Master McCandless was assuredly speaking of things more grievous then those aforementioned.

I will agree that some of the things I have perused on our bathroom walls can be considered quite offensive and should be removed. Yet his call to arms seems a bit too dramatic. With the many difficulties facing our institution today (budget cuts, tuition hikes, etc.), one should be grateful that the bureaucracy is dealing with more pressing issues then the state of our restrooms.

The bathroom is a place for a certain type of element, both the kind that can be flushed and the kind that can't.

At least people are not doing either type in public. Basically tolerate it or find someplace else to drop the kids off at the pool.

Ben Garren

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