BSG plans to insall new washing machines in 2003
A Bowdoin Student Government initiative dubbed the "One Card System" which would allow students to accomplish a wider range of commonplace tasks with their ID cards, has begun to take form with the plans for new washing machines in 2003.
The goal of the "One Card System" is not only to allow students to use their I.D. cards for laundry, but also to utilize numerous other campus services in the future.
Students are already able to use their I.D. cards with the photocopying machines in the Hatch and Hawthorn-Longfellow libraries, and as of next semester, the next phase of this project should kick in, with students being able to use their I.D. cards to do their laundry. Jason Hafler '04, President of BSG said that BSG, led by Colin LeCroy '04 is currently working along with Del Wilson, Assistant Director of Facilities Management for Administration and Events and Katie Longley, the College treasurer to get the system up and running by the beginning of next semester.
Some members of BSG have also expressed the idea of expanding the polar point system to include off-campus uses-including pizza purchases. This would be particularly challenging, since the College has had a bad experience with such a program in the past. However, Alex Cornell du Houx '06, a BSG member said, "the previous system was discontinued after the dining halls began to experience significant losses due to the channeling of money off-campus." He continued to say that one way to solve such a problem would be to increase the number of polar points available for students to spend, and at the same time apportion a specific amount for other items like pizza purchases.
Spot polls of students showed an enthusiastic response to the idea, particularly as it pertained to the laundry machines.
"That's a great idea," said first year Anton Gorbounov. "I'm tired of having to get quarters every week."
Another student, Emily Glinick '06 agreed: "It's really a pain to have to go to Smith Union at 1:00 a.m. when you need quarters to do your laundry," she said. Yet another student, who did not wish to be identified, said that the system would be a good idea because then "you wouldn't get students at the info desk making the monitor's job harder by asking for quarters."
For the most part, washers will continue to be in their original locations. The project will also includes the possibility of hot water being available as well. Contracts for the project are currently being finalized. More information will be available next semester.