Commentary: Keeping Grossmont clean

Russell Lindquist

Groundskeeper Jim Gillan cleans a campus mess (Russell Linquist photo)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, Sept. 22-I came across some broken glass  Wednesday morning.

Before I did anything, I kept watch for about 5 minutes, noting both students and faculty, alike, simply evading the mess while continuing on their way.

I called Grossmont’s operations department (619.644.7593) and told the operator that there was a mess, and that I was between the Music building and the Theater building. Within two minutes, affable groundskeeper Jim Gillan was there. He promptly cleaned the glass and the liquid, and then was on his way.

There are about 20,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff, on
Grossmont’s campus. All it takes is for one of those 21,000 people to drop a bottle and wander off, and suddenly there is quite a mess. Nevertheless,
all it takes to fix such a mess is one helpful person taking a moment to call maintenance.

Perhaps nothing in the world is easier than avoiding responsibility for a
mess in a public place. Still, if you come across a mess here on campus,
then you do have responsibility: response-ability. So please take a moment to respond: clean that mess  or call it in to maintenance.

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Lindquist is a student in Media Communications 132, the class that publishes the GC Summit