This week’s issue: A lack of tissues
Cold and flu season is just about upon us. It’s the wonderfully gross time of year when it seems like everyone you know is sick. Roommates, professors, the people you are forced to invade personal space within the overly crowded elevator … everyone. They’re hacking, sniffling, sneezing and seemingly using a box of tissues per day. Why don’t Loras classrooms provide those for us? This may seem like a very trivial problem to write about, but at this time of year, it really doesn’t seem like it.
The absolute worst thing that could happen is that dreaded, mucus-filled sneeze coming out of the depths of your nasal cavity in the middle of class. It’s gross, it’s loud and it’s distracting. Now everyone is looking at you. All you need is a single tissue to help get yourself back in control. But alas, there isn’t one. You are now forced to get up and leave class, which is an even greater distraction, and miss precious learning time to run to a bathroom (sometimes on a different floor) to grab a measly piece of toilet paper and try and pull yourself back together. This wouldn’t happen if there was a simple box of tissues located somewhere in that room.
We have grown so used to having that service provided for us throughout our schooling lives. So, why does it suddenly stop? Now, we’re not saying that I expect Loras College to provide us with triple-ply, lotion filled, pillows of heaven on which to put our precious noses. However, a simple one-ply tissue box located in the corner somewhere would help in those emergencies like the one listed above.
Everywhere you go, there is a box of tissues somewhere: doctors’ offices, stores, your work, home, etc. Why is the classroom, somewhere where you spend several hours per day, the place where there aren’t any tissues? As much as we shouldn’t, college students will come to class sick. It’s hard to miss a day. Having a box of tissues in the room wouldn’t encourage sick students to come to class, but it would provide a resource for those who need it.
Colds spread like wildfire. If someone you know has a cold, the chances of you getting it are rather high. We don’t protect ourselves and others as adequately as we should. Although I am not saying that providing tissues will eradicate colds and flus from this institution, but it’s a start. Most who have colds generally carry tissues on their person, but sometimes they forget or they run out. It happens. There should be something to help those who need it.
We can’t avoid cold and flu season. Chances are that most of us will get something at some point. Shouldn’t we be trying to fight this as best we can? The worst feeling is getting someone else sick. Having a simple, cheap box of tissues somewhere in the classroom is a start to helping contain germs and making Loras a healthier place.