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Tydings Hall, floor 1

Directions: Go in the ground-floor entrance at the mall side of the building and go up the main stairs one flight. Apparently when they built this building during the Revolutionary War they didn’t understand that the “first” floor meant the “first one you get to when you walk in the damned door.” But go up the steps and turn left. Follow the hallway around one corner and it will be on your right.


Cleanliness: C-

It’s not gross, it’s just old. Which, if you’ve ever been to a nursing home, are two adjectives that are easily confused.

Odor: D+

Could have just been the suspicious-looking kid that was shuffling out, but a field of spring flowers this joint is not.

Solitude: F

Disastrously overcrowded.

Lighting: D+

It feels like the weird brown tile is sucking up all the light in here. You won’t get any reading done here.


Stalls: 3, motion flush

Urinals: 2, motion flush

Sinks: 2, automatic faucets (useless.)

Note: It’s old. There’s nothing you can really do about that other than the old “build a new bathroom” approach, so you’ll have to deal with that. What you might not be able to deal with  are the SINKS. They’re horrible. A “drizzle” is being generous here. Completely unfunctioning. It’s also got those old-style urinals that are pretty much inviting all the weird unbalanced freshmen to check out your coin purse.



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.


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.


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.