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Craps on campus: The stool sanctuary of Steenbock Memorial Library

The Herald’s guide to the best (and worst) spots to poop on campus
Patrick Ronan

Coordinates: [43.075, -89.412]

Altitude: 35.433 meters above sea level

Karl Marx certainly knows how to incite revolutionary fervor into the hearts — or in my case, digestive system — of readers. I was halfway through “The Communist Manifesto” on the third floor of Steenbock, when the undeniable urge to let loose hit me. I immediately got up and hurried to the bathroom, trying desperately to hide the anguish undoubtedly showing on my face.


Upon my arrival to the restroom, I was greeted with a strange double door feature that left me puzzled. I was trapped between two massive wooden doors in a tiny room, wondering where the hell I was and how bad of a freshman mistake I had made. Thankfully, logic prevailed and I pushed through the second door which revealed the measly bathroom, armed with only one pitiful stall and two urinals.

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I’ll spare you the specifics of my experience inside the stall, but it was not an enjoyable one. This bathroom is extremely cold and just plain uncomfortable. Chills rattled my body when I sat on what seemed to be a frozen toilet seat. I was lucky enough to not have to wait for the stall to open up, but two unfortunate fellows had to stand by as I did my business. This seems like it could be a common occurrence during peak library hours.

As you can see, the Steenbock bathroom is one to avoid if you can, but coffee and late-night studying go hand in hand, so good luck avoiding it during finals.

Patrick Ronan/The Badger Herald


Traffic: Crowded due to small size

Lighting: Dimly lit — perfect for a dinner date, not for pooping

Stalls: One stall with a broken lock

Cell Service: High speeds due to location in library

Graffiti: None

Toilet Flush Mechanism: Manual lever

Toilet Paper: Thin one-ply sheets; completely unreliable

Sinks: Two small sinks

Hand Dryers: One Dyson Airblade available

Overall Rating: 2/5

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