In an attempt to help clean up the campus, the college has instituted a new effort that works with community involvement to report areas that need cleaning.
With a limited maintenance staff covering the entire campus, messes happen with the amount of people on campus, but wet floors, crumbs and broken door handles need to be dealt with, and this will only speed up the process.
The free popcorn that gets distributed on Wednesdays or one of the new shakes from the cafeteria often ends up on the floor or scattered around, and in low-traffic areas, spills could go unnoticed.
Students, staff and community members alike are urged to notify Facilities at 942-4440 if something needs to be cleaned up or fixed with the phrase “Be a Hero, call 4440” adorning a poster along with a superhero version of the Chaparral mascot, Superchap.
This has been an option before, with signs in restrooms urging patrons to make problems known so they can get dealt with, such as low supplies or if something needs to be cleaned.
With the increased awareness, hopefully the cleaning process and maintenance can be run more efficiently.
Student Leadership Council, along with the college, are working together on this project to bring it to the attention of the student body through water bottles, posters and other information sharing.
Aesthetics are obviously important on campus, and the interior is no exception. Making the campus cleaner by utilizing current resources is a great idea and should carry over into other areas of student life.
Instead of having to hire a larger staff, bringing students into the process not only saves money, but gives more of a sense of pride.
Incorporating more of a sense of ownership among the campus by those who use the campus is a great idea and could aid in resolving issues. If students or community members care more about their environment, less refuse will turn into litter and create a better area for learning and leisure.
Rather than scoffing at cigarette butts, or complaining about overflowing garbage cans, simply calling Facilities will alert them of an issue they might not have been aware of, and can get remedied before the problem grows.
The key to making this a successful campaign lies in the hands of students and college patrons to show the initiative, motivation and concern towards the cleanliness and well being of the campus.