BSG brings new washing machines to campus
New card-activated Maytag washers and dryers have replaced the aging coin-operated machines, some of which were over 35 years old. Provided by Maytag distributor MacGray, the new washers offer hot water and will use less water and detergent, saving the College-and consequently its students-money. Electronic displays on the machines count down the time remaining and help eliminate the guesswork about cycle times.
All this was made possible through the use of Diebold technology, which allows the use of an ID card for a wide number of applications.
"If the administration wants to make it happen, Bowdoin students could be using their ID cards to buy things at Hannaford, Wal-Mart, Domino's or Papa John's by this time next year," said Colin LeCroy '04, BSG Vice-President of Facilities and a longtime advocate of changes in the laundry system. He mentioned, however, that even though Diebold technology could handle almost "every application imaginable," such a plan would require careful study and planning. LeCroy went on to emphasize how critical director Wilson was to the project, crediting him for his "exceptional work on this project."
A few system bugs have yet to be ironed out. One sophomore complained
that the machines "ate" her money twice. Despite this, she liked
the fact that the machines were clean and new, remarking dryly that "Clean
Money eating not so exciting."