Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
The Daily Gazette was recently asked about the quality difference between toilet paper found at Sharples and that found elsewhere on campus.
Stuart Hain, Director of Maintenance at Swarthmore College, reports that the Sharples toilet paper is two-ply, while the rest of campus is supplied with one-ply. The cause of this, Hain explains, is that “the dining hall has a separate cleaning service and budget than the other buildings on campus.” Other buildings are serviced by Environmental Services, which buys the single-ply paper to stay within its budget.
Dining Services Director Linda McDougall reports being unaware of the difference in quality.
Toilet paper quality is determined by the number of stacked sheets (ply) it is made up of. One-ply paper is the lowest grade and cheapest, while two-ply is generally considered to be the standard.
Sharples’ restrooms can be found on the upper level near the entrance.