November 13, 2009
Editor appreciates campus comfortsIt takes special people indeed to clean up after college kids and still wear a smile on their faces. That's why I have so much respect and admiration for the housekeepers at Susquehanna.
As a head resident, I know too well what they go through on the Monday following a wild weekend. Stranger than those friendly smiles is how after a back-breaking day cleaning up God knows what, they still love nothing more than chatting up a hallway straggler, getting the skinny on their lives.
Women like Cheryl Rotzler, who currently works in Aikens Hall, have spent so much of their days just getting to know the students and truly being a shoulder for them to lean on.
I first met Cheryl my freshman year in Reed Hall. Not a day passed when I didn't hear "Hey baby, how you doing today?" As a freshman, just knowing someone cared enough to ask was comforting.
She would always comment on my room, my love of anything Little Mermaid and tell me about her own daughter, who would be attending Susquehanna soon. Women like Cheryl are keeping an eye out for us on this campus and it's so sad to see students take them for granted. They always know the scoop and, most importantly, are always willing to help.
The people who make up Susquehanna are more than students, administrators and professors. They are the people like Cheryl who operate behind the scenes but remain an essential part of "the Susquehanna way" and never receive the credit they deserve.
In the middle of Quest, a summer training event, a couple groups got together to do a big round of "Big Booty." During our insanely loud chants and gyrations, out runs Cheryl, who jumps right in like she never missed a beat and sings and dances like a "Big Booty" expert. Not knowing how to react, we all just cheered and laughed and threw ourselves at her, stealing hugs from one of our favorite campus moms.
Just two days ago I heard the familiar, "Hey baby, how you doing?" I turned around and there was Cheryl. I was with my fiancé and we all just stood around and talked about all the things that have been happening and all the things that would happen sooner than we had hoped.
She gave us her advice for our future, a tight hug and walking back into Aikens she said, "Love you guys!"
Come May, those are the words I'm going to miss the most from Susquehanna.
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