Category Archives: D

Susquehanna Hall, floor 1

Directions: Enter SQH from the main entrance, across from Commons 1 and 2, and head into the hallway more or less straight across from you. The bathroom is on your right in there.

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Cleanliness: C+

With water consistently on the floor, one has to wonder what the hell is so leaky in here. I shudder to think. Imagine a bunch of shallow pools covering a marble gray floor. Because that is what it is.

Odor: A

It smells fine… the air is just really cold.

Solitude: D

Near a busy entrance to a building full of busy discussion classrooms, this bathroom is usually occupied. Or there will be people hanging out right near it. Because that’s cool.

Lighting: D

Only two small square lights on the ceiling here, neither of which are over the stalls.

Facilities

Stalls: 2, automatic flush

Urinals: 3, automatic flush

Sinks: 3, automatic faucets

Notes: OK for a piss break or grabbing a tissue, otherwise just keep walking.

—Jake

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CSPAC, floor 1

Directions: Walk in the front entrance so you see the Kogod and Kay theaters. Turn left. There is a sign on the ceiling that will tell you the rest. (It’s like 10 feet away)

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Cleanliness: B-

A definite disappointment. The smart set-up and shiny new equipment is cool, but there is water and paper and glitter and other debris on the floor. Apparently the theater department doesn’t teach any manners.

Odor: A

It smells fine. Like art.

Solitude: D+

CSPAC is a busy place all of the time — classes in the day and operas and shit in the night — and this bathroom is located for convenience. It’s easy to find and nearby the main entrance and frequently used theaters. You won’t be alone.

Lighting: A+

Brilliant lights illuminate the shiny things to make them gleam. Great placement over all stalls and urinals, and you won’t be blinded upon entering.

Facilities

Stalls: 3, manual flush

Urinals: 6, manual flush

Sinks: 5, manual faucets

Notes: It’s a solid bathroom but there will always be people in and out. It’s just a noisy place in general. Think movie theater bathroom.

—Jake

Tydings Hall, ground floor

Directions: Enter through the front door, under the large concrete balcony, and take a left. On your left.

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Cleanliness: C

The problem with Tydings is the toilets just don’t always flush. And the floors are ugly.

Odor: A-

Definitely a strong point here. My nose was baffled when I entered and it picked up a smell that could almost be described as fresh.

Solitude: D

This is the lone bathroom on a floor full of large discussion classrooms and a short walk away from the largest lecture hall on campus. People are going to be in here.

Lighting: A

Bright, but not obnoxious, the fluorescents in here nicely illuminate the whole room. Bring your own reading material or sit back and enjoy the douchey graffiti on the walls that would make ol’ Senator Millard proud.

Facilities

Stalls: 2, motion flush

Urinals: 3, motion flush

Sinks: 2, automatic faucets

Note: Good luck getting out of the smaller stall. In another bonehead move by the Tydings bathroom designer, the door to that stall opens inside, creating an uncomfortably tight squeeze when trying to escape the already cramped toilet space.

—Jake

Art-Sociology, floor 2, bathroom 2

Directions: Walk into the Art-Sociology Building through the door on the plaza between Benjamin, Tawes, and Art-Soc. Inside, you will see a short hallway on your left — go down this hall. The bathroom is the first door on the right.

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Cleanliness: F

This one is a creatively dirty bathroom — the WATER smells funny. The water! Like really, dude. If you wash your hands you feel dirtier.

Odor: C

You won’t be confusing this joint with a homemade apple pie, but it’s not terrible. EXCEPT FOR THE GODDAMN WATER.

Solitude: D

It’s right inside the busiest entrance, and there aren’t that many facilities.

Lighting: B-

Lit brightly enough, but it probably doesn’t matter. Just keep walking.

Facilities

Stalls: 1, manual flush

Urinals: 1, manual flush

Sinks: 2, manual faucets

Notes: The only thing saving this bathroom is the newspaper stand 10 feet from the door. I don’t know how one specific bathroom can have different water than everywhere else, but I can’t get past it. The WATER!

—Rich

[recommended for review by metalheman]

South Campus Dining Hall, main floor

Directions: Walk in the front door of the diner and turn right. Against the wall in front of you will be a short set of stairs to the back dining room, encased in one side with glass panes. Go up those steps. The bathroom will be in front of you to the left.

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Cleanliness: F

I honestly don’t remember a time I was in this bathroom without seeing somebody’s poop somewhere. Not always in the toilet. But yeah, everything’s gross and drippy and poorly maintained.

Odor: C+

Surprisingly, all the poop doesn’t negatively impact the smell too much. Not awful, but not rosy.

Solitude: D

Thousands of students come through the diner every day, and a lot of them have to use the bathroom. It also appears to be the only bathroom accessible to dining hall employees, so there really isn’t much alone time.

Lighting: D-

No lights above the stalls, but the lighting in the rest of the bathroom is harsh and bright enough that a barely acceptable amount seeps in.

Facilities

Stalls: 2, motion flush

Urinals: 4, motion flush

Sinks: 3, motion faucets

Notes: Pretty much only an option if you just ate the pepperoni roll and can’t make it home.

—Rich

Knight Hall, floor 1

Directions: Walk into the front door of Knight Hall, facing Lot 1b and UMUC. Turn down the hallway on your right. It will be on the right side halfway down the hall.

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Cleanliness: A+

It’s brand-spankin’-new for spring 2010, and is sparkling clean.

Odor: A

Almost mint condition. Questionable ventilation, though, so careful if someone lays a big one down. But I don’t really know anything about ventilation anyway, so whatever.

Solitude: D

It’s the only bathroom on the building’s busiest floor.

Lighting: A+

The lights in most of the room are cool and dim, but it’s bright in the stalls, where it counts. And every once in a while, a kind journalism major leaves a copy of The Diamondback in there.

Facilities

Stalls: 3, manual flush

Urinals: 1, motion flush

Sinks: 3, motion faucets

Notes: It’s a beautiful new building with a beautiful new bathroom, but it’s busier than is ideal.

—Rich Abdill

McKeldin Library, floor 1, bathroom 1

Directions: Walk into the front door of McKeldin Library and past the welcome desk and then past the elevators. Turn right down the hallway before the circulation desk. On your right.

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Cleanliness: D+

It’s an old, oft-used bathroom. You’re gonna have to deal.

Odor: D

It’s a pee smell. A distinct pee smell.

Solitude: D-

If there are people in the library, there are people in this bathroom. You’re probably safe on a Friday afternoon, for example, but a Tuesday at 1 p.m. will get you nothing but a urinal traffic jam.

Lighting: D

You can see what you’re doing, but not much more with the old yellow lighting.

Facilities

Stalls: 2, manual flush

Urinals: 1, motion flush

Sinks: 2, manual faucets

Notes: It’s in the library. There are gobs of reading material everywhere, and the largest news stand on campus on the way into the building. The question is, are you willing to sit in this place long enough to read something? A passable restroom, but nowhere you’d want to relax.

—Rich Abdill

McKeldin Library, floor 1, bathroom 1

View from the sink. You know. In case you were wondering.