Students next fall might have to pay to do laundry in residence hall machines under a plan St. Thomas is considering.
In an e-mail obtained by TommieMedia.com, Mark Vangsgard, vice president of business affairs, wrote, “Given the economic climate and budgeting challenges it has been decided to: charge for laundry in the residence halls beginning next fall.”
Vangsgard was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon.
When contacted, Vice President of Student Affairs Jane Canney’s office said the university is discussing the issue, but “nothing has been decided.”
St. Thomas began offering free laundry to on-campus students in the fall of 2005, according to the University of St. Thomas News Service.
While unloading clothes from a Brady Hall dryer, freshman Anthony Suchla was dismayed.
“I would be mad. I don’t see why they would change it,” Suchla said. “I think it’d be kind of unfair to us. It just seems like it should come with paying to live here.”
Ian Mumford, also a freshman in Brady Hall, echoed Suchla’s sentiments.
“I don’t have extra money to spend on laundry when I already have to pay for tuition and room and board,” Mumford said. “I don’t know why they’d change it right now. I think laundry should be included with living in Brady… It seems like they try to make you pay for every little thing you do here.”
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