By Najya Beatty-Mclean (Whetstone Staff Writer)

Some Wesley College students said they were unhappy at the amount of money they spend each semester doing laundry.

Many said laundry should be free, considering everyone who stays on campus is paying for housing.

Depending on where students live, the price of housing can range between $10,890- $14,600 including the meal plan, according to Wesley’s website.

Alexis Shipley, a freshman in Carpenter Hall, said paying for laundry is unfair.

She spends about $50 on laundry alone a semester, not including the price of detergent and dryer sheets.

“Why can’t we use our bonus points for laundry?” she said. “We can use them for just about everything else.”

Melissa Elliot, interim director of residence life said part of the reason is the College doesn’t own the machines.

“We essentially rent the washers and dryers from the laundry company,” she said. “The college receives a small amount back and that money mostly goes into the upkeep of the laundry facilities.”

Dryer in Roe Hall

Dryer in Roe Hall

Danae Carter, a sophomore in Malmberg Hall, said she thinks paying for laundry is absurd.

“I am an athlete on the Cross Country-Track & Field team who has to wash my practice clothes and uniforms at least twice a week because of dirt and sweat,” she said. “I transferred from a college in New Jersey, it was just like this one and actually costs more. The laundry equipment was rented but it was still free.”

Peredio Mentor, a transfer freshman in Carpenter Hall believes paying for laundry is unfair.

“The only way paying for laundry would be fair, is if it were free,” he said. “We have been on campus for 6 weeks and I’ve spent nearly $72, already.”

Natasha Hurditt, a sophomore in Malmberg Hall feels strongly about the price for laundry.

“A dollar-fifty for each load is crazy!” she said. “I would be happy with 50 cents a load, even though it would make me happier having to pay nothing.”

For neighboring Delaware State University students, laundry is free.

“Our laundry has always been free, even in my apartment, which is calculated in my tuition,” said Ebony Hampton, a senior at DSU. “Some people have washers and dryers in their apartments as well.”

DSU is a state-supported school, unlike Wesley.