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No Respect 
For Athena


I have never before felt it to be my responsibility to convey my opinion to such a large group of readers, but I feel that time has come. I just finished lunch and came upstairs to the fifth floor Athena cluster at the Student Center. I come here daily to study and use the computers, but something today seemed a little different to me — the noticeable amount of trash sprawled about the cluster. Now, I am not trying to be hypocritical by saying that I always throw away my trash and you should do the same, but there is some level of respect that has been abandoned by many.

After a quick jaunt around the cluster, I made a list of the items surrounding one such computer in the Windows section of the cluster. In no particular order, these items were: a half-finished smoothie, a half-full soda fountain drink, two empty plastic pop bottles, two used drinking straws on the desk, two empty plastic sandwich containers from LaVerde’s, a plastic fork, a half-finished fruit cup, two spread-out and scattered newspapers, a yogurt cup, a plastic spoon, at least 10 candy wrappers, two pens, a mechanical pencil, a nice sweater, 20 pages of printer paper, a LaVerde’s plastic bag open on the floor with an empty orange juice container, wax paper used for sub wrap, used Kleenex tissues with empty box, and finally, at least 20 napkins.

This is the worst that I have seen it, and I thought I would ask that people in general do a better job of cleaning up after themselves. I understand that you might be working until the sun comes up on a problem set — we’ve all been there as MIT students — but please do your part by throwing away the trash that you brought with you. It is not the custodial staff’s job to pick up and throw away garbage left behind by students. This is just a simple task that will keep the computer labs cleaner for a longer period of time.

Matthew D. Williams ’07