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I’m going to take some time in this post to address some of the new things at Fontbonne this year that make my life better. It’s by no means an all-encompasing list, but here are some of the perks of living at Fontbonne:

1. Free laundry. Okay, technically the cost is built into my room and board, but the main thing is that I don’t have to worry about carrying a bag of quarters around and then trying to cram every article of clothing I need washed into one machine.

2. Hammocks in the meadow. Yeah, that’s pretty much all that needs to be said.

3. A huge blow up movie screen. “Movies in the Meadow” are a new activity this year, and they’re pretty popular among resident and commuter students alike. I must admit, I’m not really into watching movies, but this past Saturday my FAVORITE MOVIE EVER was chosen to play, so I had to post up 5 feet in front of the screen and say every line along with the characters.

Yes, my favorite movie is Space Jam, and no, I’m not even sorry about it. Like I said, just a taste of living the dream at Fontbonne!


In honor of the Environmental Club’s “Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent” program on Thursday night, I’m going to leave you all with a few tips on how to make doing your laundry better for the environment!

Don’t toss those jeans into the laundry after just one wear! Put hangers on a doorknob or curtain rod to air out odors unless something really warrants a washing. WHY: Save detergent, water and energy.

Wash clothing in cold water! It’s such an easy step to take, and it really makes a difference. WHY: It takes a lot of energy to heat up the water- about 90% of the total energy used by the washer!

Before you load your clothes into the dryer, don’t forget to empty the lint trap! WHY: Dryers with a full lint trap are 30 percent less efficient.

Wash only full loads of laundry! WHY: The machine will be at peak efficiency, and there will be no waste of resources.

Make your own detergent! WHY: No nasty chemicals washing down the drain. Phosphates in conventional laundry soaps can cause algal blooms that negatively effect ecosystems and marine life. Want to learn how to make your own? If you missed the Environmental Club’s program, check out the recipe we used!


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