Go to college, wash your own clothes. Right?

Knox Dormitory at Davidson College

Knox Dormitory at Davidson College, where until now, students slept on sheets the university washed, dried, and folded for them.

When I was growing up in North Carolina, I'd heard about this, but it sounded like a myth.

According to The Charlotte Observer, however, the rumors were true: For more than 90 years, Davidson College, a liberal arts college in Western North Carolina, has offered students this perk: They've "washed, dried, folded, and ironed students' clothes for free."


Well, no more.

Davidson College's president says that starting next year on May 15, students will have to use washers and dryers themselves.

She's decided the $400,000 that  pays for the laundry service could be better spent on things like research. And keeping the library open 24/7.

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David Gura is a senior reporter for Marketplace, based in the Washington, D.C. bureau.


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