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Custodians are vital to campus life

September 19, 2011

PASADENA, CA — With all of the things on the minds of college students, few take the time to reflect on what it takes to keep the places in which they eat, learn, play and sleep clean, both hygienically and aesthetically, according to the Pasadena City College Courier.

Often unthanked and largely unnoticed, the men and women tasked with cleaning and maintaining the Pasadena City College campus do whatever is needed to ensure students and staff can focus on unhindered learning and instructing, the story stated.

Because Pasadena City College is a close-knit community with many custodial professionals being longtime employees, the men and women gladly go above and beyond their workloads to help with personal matters, the story noted.

Candelario Diaz, a custodian at Pasadena City College since 1982, said, "My job is to help students. If the students are happy, I''m happy. It makes it better for us. We all try to help each other."

The only problem, according to the custodians, is the number of workers in that, if someone is out sick or otherwise unable to work a specific day, the remaining workers must pick up the slack, as Pasadena City College does not have substitute custodians, the story added.

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