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AC Voice Appreciates: Bathrooms!

(Gina Faldetta)– I’ve already written about how active my bladder is, so it should surprise no one for me to appreciate some of my favorite bathrooms on campus. Thanks to them, I’ve only peed my pants like twice since coming here!

The best bathrooms, hands down, are the Fayerweather bathrooms. They’re roomy, single-occupancy bathrooms with decent lighting and a convenient hook on the door for your coat. Perfect for performing your favorite bodily functions, reapplying lipstick, trying on new clothes (in those cases when you just picked up a package from Keefe), or weeping. I have done all of these things and more in the Fayerweather bathrooms.

Another bathroom that deserves a shout-out is the third floor Merrill women’s room. It’s only really noteworthy for its exceptionally large anteroom. If you’ve been in this bathroom, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The anteroom is spacious, well lit, and complete with two huge mirrors that face each other. And unlike so many bathrooms on campus (I’m looking at you, Charles Pratt restrooms), the lighting and mirrors actually work together to be quite flattering. I like this anteroom so much that I once ate my lunch in there just for fun.

Finally, the bathrooms on the second floor of Webster get the award for most scenic. They boast a spectacular view of Memorial Hill and the mountain range beyond it, thanks to a huge window.

I snapped this pic through that window and sent it to my dad last spring

I snapped this pic through that window and sent it to my dad last spring

It’s easy to get swept up in all of the pressures of Amherst College, but it helps to focus on the little things. Having a moment to yourself in the Fayerweather restroom, checking out your reflection in the spacious anteroom in Merrill, or enjoying the view from the Webster toilets can help alleviate the pressure. Especially if it’s gas pain.

About Gina Faldetta

You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she's not deadly. She's beautiful and she's laughing.

7 comments on “AC Voice Appreciates: Bathrooms!

  1. Sharline Dominguez
    March 27, 2014

    “…enjoying the view from the Webster toilets can help alleviate the pressure. Especially if it’s gas pain.” lmaooooo you’re too much Gina. Love this!

  2. Ryan Arnold
    March 27, 2014

    great post, gina. i’m so glad to know that i’m not the only bathroom connoisseur on this campus. amherst certainly has some high-class bathrooms. my favorite is the men’s room in converse, on the landing between floors. any day that i find myself in there is always a good day. the marble really adds a whole other dimension to the experience.
    however, i’ll always have a place in my heart for the men’s bathroom in the basement of chapin — it’s definitely been my go-to bathroom for those five minute in-class crying breaks, or for the moments when the thought of human interaction makes me feel physically sick. with the obvious exception of the Val bathroom, chapin basement has dried more of my tears than any other bathroom on campus.

  3. Liya Rechtman
    March 27, 2014

    So although the actual bathroom stall/sink situation isnt that nice, I think my favorite bathrooms on campus are the Chapin women’s bathroom in the basement and the j.chap second floor bathrooms: both have quotes painted all over them and then additional notes/thoughts scribbled ontop of that, which I appreciate.

    • Lilia Paz
      March 27, 2014

      I love the quotes and they’re always empty!

  4. Thais Correia
    March 27, 2014

    I don’t know if dorm bathrooms are fair game, but the newly renovated bathrooms in Seligman are the bomb. The showers are roomy, the water pressure is strong, the lighting and mirrors are super flattering, and the tiling in the bathroom is gorgeous.

  5. Shirui Chen
    March 27, 2014

    At the risk of letting the secret out, I really must brag about the the immutable serenity that is the 5th floor Merrill men’s room. The cozy size, dim lighting and homely walls, while perhaps not objectively impressive in any way, really provide an inscrutable sense of comfort you won’t get in one of those fancy white-walled, well lit, marbled new bathrooms.

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