Turn off the lights in the library bathrooms.
For anyone who has ever used the bathroom on the first floor of the Ladd Library you must have noticed the little red lights outside the doors to the individual rooms. You also probably noticed that those little lights correspond to the lights on the inside so that if the lights in the bathroom are on there is an indicator outside. This is actually very smart of whoever designed the library bathrooms because it does away with the awkward knocking or trying every door to see if they are locked. What are you even supposed to say if someone knocks on the bathroom door? Sorry? I’m not. Occupied? True, but sounds like something my grandpa would say. Hang on a sec? Maybe, but do not go making promises you can’t keep! Clearly, the obvious solution here is to just use the little red lights that are so handily there. If we all, as a college, work together to turn the lights off when you leave the bathroom all the ambiguity of whether a bathroom is in use will be gone. You save some electricity and save someone the embarrassment of waiting outside an empty bathroom because they are too nervous to knock.
Commons is not your kitchen at home.
Specifically it is a shared space where everyone has to eat and get along together. Even more than your kitchen at home which can be left in whatever state you see fit, Commons should be treated with extra care out of respect to your peers and the wonderful people who work there. This means that there is no excuse not to pick up your dirty napkins off the table. You have to walk past the dish return anyways with silverware and plates so why would there still be napkins on tables after meals? Another thing that causes distress for some in a communal dining environment involves the heating and toasting devices. The toaster oven is great for heating or melting cheese on a sandwich but nothing is going to happen if you keep opening the door to check on your food. There is glass in front so you can monitor the status of your melted cheese without letting all the heat escape. A similar grievance occurs next door at the microwave. When more food is added to the microwave, it takes longer to cook everything in it, so sometimes it might be easier to just wait a second instead of shoving as much food in there as possible. Common courtesy can go a long way, and we should all try to make group dining feel as comfortable as possible.
Take the five extra steps to the mug bin.
There are more mug bins around this campus than it may seem like and mug hoarding is one of the more preposterous problems for a Batesie to have. We have been lulled into a state of laziness where it is considered too much of an effort to even return the mugs that the college provides to their bins. A perfect example of this is at the library. Just like the little red lights, the library people were clever when they put three mug bins right outside the door. This is why it is painful to see so many desks with stranded mugs after people leave the library only to walk past the mug bins outside. Leaving your mug on the table after you pack up is not only lazy but also makes a lot more unnecessary work for other people. I think we can all admit that the mug system is an extremely convenient luxury, which is why it is so popular. This is also why people get so angry when there are shortages of mugs in Commons. While the in-the-room mug hoarders are a completely separate issue, there are too many times when mugs are simply left on tables or counters even though there is a mug bin on the way to anywhere someone could possibly be walking. Simply take the second to carry your mug for part of your walk and we can decrease the clutter around campus buildings as well as the clean-up work that other people have to do.