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Housing nixes freshman housekeeping

July 07, 2010
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WASHINGTON — Freshmen will no longer receive housekeeping services in their residence halls, the director of George Washington University (GW) Housing Programs confirmed in June, much to the irritation of some incoming freshmen students, according to The GW Hatchet.
Seth Weinshel, director of GW Housing Programs, said cutting the service ensured housing rates in many first-year residence halls would not increase, adding that the decision to cut housekeeping came after "careful consideration and analysis."
Weinshel added that on a significant number of occasions, housekeepers have been unable to clean rooms due to residents'' personal items scattered on the floor: Housekeepers are instructed not to move residents'' things in order to clean.
After learning housekeeping will no longer be offered in freshman residence halls, incoming freshman Shivali Haribhakt posted an online petition to the incoming class of 2014''s Facebook group to fight to keep housekeeping services: Since its creation in May, the petition has garnered 81 signatures, the article stated.
According to the article, some students in the class of 2014 claim GW misrepresented itself when it promised housekeeping to prospective students.
"For George Washington to take the ''perk'' away after promoting it so much on the website, in tours and through students and admissions… is quite a letdown for many people," freshman Jenna Gardiner said in an e-mail.
Weinshel said removing freshman housekeeping services would allow the University to refocus funds to "cleaning common areas in all buildings."
"We hope this change will encourage greater responsibility and independent living as our students become acclimated to college life," Weinshel said.
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