We have an immense maintenance staff that keeps our campus and facilities looking great.
They work constantly to keep the University looking its best, but they are under-appreciated, and probably underpaid. No one ever thanks the men and women who wake up at the crack of dawn to keep our campus running as smoothly and neatly as possible.
In fact, if you ever look in the Haley Center or library bathrooms, you can see just how some of us show our appreciation.
Simply put, it's gross.
The stalls look like someone threw a water balloon filled with Mountain Dew in them, and there are enough paper towels on the floors and counters to soak up an oil spill.
Who is doing this? If you can't use the bathroom like an adult, then you shouldn't be allowed outside of your home.
At the very least, you could wear a diaper and save the rest of us the uncomfortable shock of walking into a wrecked bathroom.
Not surprisingly, this deplorable behavior has spread outside of the public restrooms. Several spots around campus have become late-night shelters for discarded beer cans, broken bottles and all the other garbage that goes along with drunkenness.
We know that only a few people are responsible for this, and we hate to sound like your mom telling you to clean your room. However, we want you to think of the people who have to clean up this mess. It takes more hard work to keep Auburn clean than it ever will to get your degree with even less of a payout at the end.
These men and women are not just janitors, custodians or landscapers. They are the people that make Auburn the University we know and love. Don't take them for granted. They are not your maids and butlers.
Who do you think picks up after football games?
When the tailgaters have left their hot sauce and beer stained footprint on our otherwise peaceful campus, the maintenance staff is there to make it like new again.
Auburn has a good reputation academically and athletically.
We believe the University also has a good reputation for the state of its campus, and none of us has the right to take away from what many people have put countless hours of work into.
We have a good thing going here. Auburn is a beautiful college set in a charming small town. All we have to do to keep it that way is be responsible for ourselves.
In other words, stop making a mess.
If you have ever been to the University of Georgia's campus, then you know what can happen when the mess gets out of control.
The thought of our campus turning into a haven for habitual litters and bathroom destroyers makes us shudder, especially when we think about all the Facilities staff that would have to pick up after.
We’re know there are people who believe that they can trash the place all they want because there will always be someone there to pick it up. We would like to tell those people that entitlement looks good on no one.
If you think the maintenance staff is here to cater to your filthy lifestyle, you might not be suited for life outside of high school.
Clean your messes up. We can't afford to let our standard of living slip, and the easiest way to slip is when there is something on the floor.