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    “Everybody Poops, Even at School”

    A stall from the mens restroom on the 4th floor of the Student Union Memorial Center.
    A stall from the men’s restroom on the 4th floor of the Student Union Memorial Center.


    You had Taco Bell for dinner last night. Your gut is rumbling and you are sitting right next to that really cute girl you have wanted to talk to since the semester started. If you are on campus and have to go to the bathroom, where is the best place to go?

    From rows of stalls in the Student Union Memorial Center to the old-school bathrooms in the Cesar E. Chavez building, UA students are faced with such a daunting decision every day.

    While there are many bathroom options on campus, some students frequent particular ones.

    “”Definitely the Eller bathrooms,”” said T.J. Hartnett, an economics junior. “”They’re always very clean, there’s nobody in them and they just have that ‘new bathroom’ feel.””

    Cleanliness is the most important factor in selecting a stall, Hartnett said.

    Dirty bathrooms, like those found on the first floor of the Main Library, are to be avoided, he said.

    “”The urinals overflow and there’s always paper overflowing from trash cans,”” Hartnett said. “”The library’s gross.

    “”If you can hold it for five minutes, go to Eller,”” he said. “”It’s worth it.””

    Derek Teigen, a regional development senior, also values cleanliness.

    His favorite restroom is on the fourth floor of the Student Union Memorial Center.

    “”It’s right next to the admin offices up there, so it’s always clean,”” he said.

    His least favorite bathrooms are in the Harvill building.

    “”They’re small and old,”” he said.

    Men are hardly the only ones on campus to play favorites.

    Genny Gaus, a psychology junior, values the privacy of her bathroom of choice.

    “”It’s in between the ILC and the library,”” she said. “”When you walk up that ramp, you just keep going up that ramp and there’s a hidden bathroom in there.

    “”You can shut one door and lock it and it’s just one bathroom and you can lock it two times,”” she added. “”It’s private. I don’t like to poo in a public restroom.””

    If there are others in a bathroom, Gaus said, she tries to cough or make noise with the toilet paper to maintain her privacy.

    The restrooms in the SUMC are the worst, because the union is busy and many people come and go, she said.

    Not everyone cares about which bathroom to use. Jon Rios, a communication senior, said he has no preference.

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