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The often unseen but seldom unappreciated custodian

April 01, 2010
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EUGENE, OR — Linda Wright, who has worked the graveyard shift for the custodial services department of the University of Oregon for 25 years, is often unseen but vital to the cleanliness and morale of the university community, according to the Daily Emerald.
According to the story, Wright, whose favorite part of the job is running the new employee orientation, is the operations manager for the custodial services department and oversees roughly 50 custodians during her 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.
Wright has seen it all in her quarter of a century at the University of Oregon, including what happens when someone uses the ninth floor stairwell of Prince Lucien Campbell Hall as a restroom and how a handful of custodians tackles and sanitizes nine flights of stairs from top to bottom within hours, the story stated.
Wright said: "The first thing I do is get here and go get the coffee. I get to share my experience and give [new employees] tips on how to sleep during the day. It’s really hard work. People think it''s easy, that we’re just custodians and all we do is clean up. It''s not that easy. When you leave that room, you know that it''s clean and it looks good and is ready for the students. We are here for the students. A lot of us take pride in their work so that the students have a clean atmosphere to come and learn in."
Regardless of the repetitive frustrations, Wright loves her job — especially when the occasional complimentary note is left commending her and her staff on the spectacular job they did cleaning an area of a building, the story noted.
If she could change one habit of students, Wright said it would be getting them to clean up after themselves instead of leaving countless newspapers, coffee cups and soda cans all over the place, the story added.
"If they could carry the trash out with them, that would really help," concludes Wright.
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