Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting Educated

Location: 5th floor Sanchez Building (Education Building)

Facilities: 2 Stalls (automatic), 3 Urinals (automatic), 3 Sinks, Soap, Paper Towels and Hand Dryer

Readers, I have found my Mecca, and it is a bathroom on the south side of campus. Unfortunately this means I have to face south everytime I poop, which can be difficult at times.

Working on a tip and my theory that the farther out of the way a bathroom is the nicer it will be, I hit the Sanchez building, just south of PCL, after a tasty JCL lunch. I'd used the bathroom on the first floor last year, and it hadn't really blown me away. However, I thought maybe if I went up a little further I'd have better luck. A few short escalator rides and I was there. In case you haven't caught on by this point, this bathroom is way out of the way even if you are in the area, so be forewarned.

There are two things that struck me as soon as I entered. First, it was huge. I mean it was twice as big as other bathrooms with the same number of facilities. You could lay out some cardboard and start breakdancing in there if you wanted. The other thing that strikes you is the smell, or rather lack thereof. I didn't think it was possible. I had only heard of it in legends, but there it was, an actual bathroom with no smell. At all. It didn't smell like poo or urine or sweat or even air freshener. It didn't smell like anything. It was beautiful. After that point I knew I was in love. All the toilets are automatic, and you are even given the option of using either paper towels or a hand dryer (If I have the time I always go with hand dryer, but if I don't its nice to have the option).

Seriously, if it weren't for the location this would be the perfect bathroom. As it is though, its just so out of the way as to be prohibitive. I give it my first ever four and a half flushes out of five. (The half flush is when you flush right after another flush and the tank hasn't filled up all the way yet so it isn't full strength)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

If You Like Coleslaw...

Location: Third Floor of the Music Building East near the elevators

Facilities: 3 Urinals, 2 Stalls, 4 Sinks, Paper Towels and Foam Soap Dispensers

I know it's not usually my place to talk about the buildings that contain the bathrooms I review but I just have to say the Music Building is awesome. It's quiet between classes, there's plenty of comfortable places to sit, and the design is awesome.

I received a tip on this bathroom from my friend Kirsten who described it as "very private". I would agree but this is both a blessing and a curse. The biggest problem with this bathroom is how out of the way it is. In three years I've never had a real reason to be in this building or even on this side of campus on a week day. But maybe that's just me. Maybe there are some of you out there who come here all the time (feel free to talk about it in the comments). Oh, and it's all the way up on the third floor of the building, so get ready to do some walking.

The only other thing is the smell. It's like a very mayonaisse heavy coleslaw. It's not quite sickening and certainly not the usual bathroom smell, but it may be too much for some of my less hardy readers.

For it's excellent privacy and simple design it gets 4 flushes out of 5. Now if they could just transplant it to the middle of campus and get rid of that smell...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Chemistry of a Different Kind

Location: Second Floor of Welch

Facilities: 3 Toilets, 3 Urinals, 2 Sinks, Paper Towels and Foam Soap Dispenser

This bathroom is a textbook case of overuse. If you can't find it then you've never been in Welch before. Its the only bathroom I've ever seen on the most highly trafficked floor of one of the most highly trafficked buildings on campus. It is immediately across the hall from a 400+ seat classroom as well as many other large classrooms. And the nearest bathroom requires you either go upstairs or all the way across to the other side of the building.

The first thing of note upon entry is that it smells pretty terrible. And that smell never goes away. I've been in there at all hours of the night and it still lingers. Its as if there is a barrier around the door and upon crossing through it you completely lose the ability to aim or flush. Its a good thing its in the chemistry building because they're going to need some powerful stuff to clean it. The other incredibly odd thing is the height of the urinals, none of which have barriers in between. Its like they were designed by the three bears. One is too tall, to the point of basically resting your genitals on it. One is too low. And the one that is "just right" is right in the middle. So in order to comfortably pee in this bathroom you have to be the jackass that takes the middle urinal, ostensibly rendering the other two unusable. As for the, just no.

For its crimes against humanity in the form of a sickening smell and terrible design I have to give this bathroom 1 flush out of 5. Use only in the case of an emergency. Otherwise, there are greener pastures elsewhere.