STORY BY MOLLY ADAMSON
We may go to a private university, but we can all admit Drake isn’t perfect. Even in my three weeks of being on campus, I can see that. The problems I’ve seen have been few, but I’m going to explain how I would fix them if I were in charge.
The biggest problem I see, and in reality this isn’t even a big problem, is the toilet paper.
My high school supplied better quality, honestly. What Drake gives us is a single-plied sheet of nothingness. A person can literally see through it. How can something like that provide the service it’s supposed to?
That’s all I’m going to say on that subject, in order to sway peoples’ minds from a disturbing image.
The second problem I’ve experienced personally, and have heard people complain about anonymously on the app Yik-Yak, is the quality of the food.
The food service employees are great. They always have a big smile and I feel like they honestly care about the students. They always ask about how your day is going and really listen when you tell them. This is not an attack on them in any way.
The food, while it may satisfy our taste buds, does not really meet our nutritious needs. Shouldn’t they want to help us in our battle against the freshman (or any year) 15?
Those chicken strips in Quad Creek Cafe´ may make my mouth water just thinking about them, but they are certainly not healthy. Eating them daily could really cause some damage to the body.
They do offer fruit, but, let’s be honest, that fruit is not the ideal of what we should be putting into our bodies. Who knows how old they really are?
In Hubbell, the situation isn’t much better. Sure, you can build your own salad, but then you look at that delicious pizza that sits in plain eyesight.
Even if weight loss isn’t your main goal, there’s another problem students face.
The food digests in your stomach. Soon after the food has entered their mouths, many students find themselves in the bathroom in a matter of seconds. Yik Yak participants once again testified to this statement.
Many post about their tragedies after a delicious meal in either Quad or Hubbell. Now that’s enough on that subject. Sorry to those of you with weaker stomachs.
Now, let’s say a student needs medical attention. Whether it is because of food poisoning or not, we’ll leave that point alone. It could just as easily be a twisted ankle from missing that single black step outside of Meredith. Whatever it is, it is something so terrible the student physically cannot make the trek to the health center.
Obviously if it was something serious like a broken bone, the student would need to go to the hospital.
When it’s something minor though, and the student cannot or does not want to walk the long distance, a service where someone could drive a student to the health center would be something that we would all appreciate.
The students could just simply call a phone number, and the service would be there in minutes.
One last thing that irks me is somewhat more personal. I have Cerebral Palsy, a physical disability, which means I use the Disability Services.
Michelle Laughlin is a wonderful woman. She’s helped me a lot in my transition from high school to college. The only problem is that her office is all the way next to Old Main, which is inconvenient to me, as I live in Herriott.
My appointment was on one of the hottest days ever (incredible as that sounds, given our current weather situation). I think it would make more sense if it were more in the middle of campus. A person with a disability should not have to walk as far.
So there are my complaints. They are few, but they matter to me.
Some people may agree with me, some may not. Overall, though, Drake University is a great place to be and I feel both lucky and blessed to be a Bulldog.