Seton’s Stench

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Making the hike from Elder to Seton is a short one, but it requires you to walk across the bridge at the top of their parking garage. At the end of the bridge is the door to enter the main building and when you open that door you enter the busiest hallway in the school. Now one would think that an all-girls school would smell pleasant and fresh but actually, it is the opposite. If you are taking a class at Seton, like myself, you have undoubtedly noticed this poignant stench in the main hallway. The smell does not last very long but for the short 10-15 seconds walking in the main hallway, it is brutal.

Now you may think I sound overdramatic and excessive when describing this smell but don’t just take my word for it,

The smelly area of Seton’s main hallway
Taken by me

take other guys’. I caught up with a few other guys who make the trip to Seton on a daily and they had some interesting input.

Mike Connolly said: “It smells like an overflowed toilet or two.”

Most of the other guys that I spoke with expressed similar remarks on the matter. Veering away from the opinions of guys, I asked several Seton students to give their valued opinions on the matter.

One girl went as far as to say: “Personally you would think I would have gotten used to it after it being present since junior year but I still find it to completely foul. I know they have been trying to fix it but sitting through physics class is 15 times worse when the smell of puke and body odor are hanging around.”

Personally, I don’t believe it smells like puke or body odor but instead more of a rotten egg sort of stench. Imagine a few eggs that you forgot were in your fridge and open the case just to have that horrifying smell hit you in the face. That example is what it is like when opening the door entering Seton.

Another girl gave her thoughts on the matter, saying: “School for real smells so bad. I literally gag each time I walk through that little portion of the hallway.”

Teenage girls are known for being dramatic and over-exaggerating situations and smells, like this one, so I asked my teacher, Mrs. Jett how she thinks the issue happened in the first place.

She said, “You know, it didn’t smell so bad until we started letting you boys to come over here and take classes!”

While Mrs. Jett was clearly joking around, she did give me a real answer. She said, “I think the source of the stench is coming from the pipes and the bathroom down in the main hallway. We have called multiple companies to come in and take a look at it. While its starting to smell a little better, it still smells bad.”

I agree with the last part of that statement. The smell is not as poignant is it once was, but it is definitely still present. Maybe I am getting start to get used to it or it really is getting bigger.

This is one of those topics where you really need to experience it to believe it. Therefore, for those of you that don’t go over to Seton for class, you have no idea what I am talking about but for the ones that do make the trip, I know you know what I am talking about.