Skyline’s cafeteria is a mess hall

A Skyline student walks away from her table of trash, leaving someone else to clean it up. (Sarah E. Markoff)

A Skyline student walks away from her table of trash, leaving someone else to clean it up. (Sarah E. Markoff)

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Skyline’s cafeteria is the campus’ main place to hang out, but lately it’s becoming the main place to litter.

In a unanimous decision on Feb. 13, the ASSC decided to alert teachers of the pollution problem and ask them to urge their students to maintain a clean and healthy environment. They also plan to make surprise visits to the cafeteria asking students to clean up their trash. The ASSC expects to decrease the amount of litter and increase the care of Skyline institutions.

“We just want everyone to know that we are having a problem in our cafeteria and we need people to clean up after themselves,” said ASSC Senator Sarah Figueroa. “I saw the messiest table and people were still eating over the mess, it’s obvious that some people don’t care.”

With mounting litter and lack of care by students, there are still some people that feel Skyline is worth taking care of. Deante Johnson works at the coffee bar inside the cafeteria and sees firsthand, the effects of student pollution.

“There’s always trash being left behind by students,” Johnson said. “I think it’s stupid, we’re supposed to be college students and adults. We should know how to clean up after ourselves; I don’t see what the problem is.”

Johnson estimates that at least 75 percent of all students that come into the cafeteria leave some sort of trash behind.

Although the ASSC is trying to crack down on the amount of trash being left around the cafeteria, there are still some students that think the changes won’t have an effect on students and their awareness.

“I don’t think people will do anything unless they (the ASSC) close off the seating section of the cafeteria,” said Kayla Crittendon, a sophomore and basketball player at Skyline College. “I think people will ignore it and think that someone else will clean up for them.”

According to Crittendon, the cafeteria is the dirtiest and messiest place on campus due to the students’ attitude towards school.”This place has no value for students, they’re just here to pass the time and then leave. But I think the ASSC’s decision is a good thing.”

Johnson is one of many students that feel people should be responsible for their own mess. The idea of someone else cleaning up people’s mess angers him.

“I think it’s the student’s responsibility because we’re not in high school, we’re not little kids and we don’t need people to clean up after ourselves,” Johnson said. “If we really want to establish ourselves as college students and as adults then we have to learn how to look after ourselves.

The overall attitude towards the ongoing pollution is that the student body needs to change its behavior. Students consistently speak of change and cleanliness, but a change has yet to be seen. Johnson shares the same attitudes as many Skyline students, and the frustration is evident.

“It’s not rocket science to pick up your trash and throw it away on the way out; it’s really not that hard.”