Change the carpeting in the practice rooms!

Change the carpeting in the practice rooms!

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Amanda Kellman started this petition to Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for Performing Arts is an institution for musicians to grow and hone their skills in performance, pedagogy, and much more. The practice rooms at CCPA are place where many of the students spend their time practicing their repertoire for upcoming auditions, performances, and practice their musicianship skills. Recently, there has been a decline in students willingness to use the spaces designed for students to practice, and students have opted to practice at home. The overall consensus as to why people have discontinued their practice is due to the overwhelming stench that occupies the space. This is due to a plethora of factors, many of which to due with the carpeting. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, it is recommended to have your carpet deep-cleaned every 12-18 months, along with regular thorough vacuuming. If not, this can lead to a variety of disturbing things start to happen in your carpets. Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., a microbiologist and immunologist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, as well as the author of “The Secret Life of Germs,” research indicates that your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. "Rugs are botanical and zoological parks," says Tierno, who says hundreds of thousands of different types of species live there. These invasions occur because the average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells every hour; these skin cells hit the rug and serve as food for germs. Add in food particles, pollen, and pet dander, and you have a gratis buff et, he says. And since a vacuum cleaner's suction and rotating beater brush don't usually reach the bottom of the carpet, you're bound to have communities of E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, and other bacteria down there. Every time you walk on the carpet or roll around on it with your kids, you disrupt the bacteria, bringing some closer to the surface. Since there are numerous concerns and growing bacteria found in carpets, it is imperative that either the practice room carpets are thoroughly deep-cleaned, or it would be nice if they were replaced. Please, join me in my effort to replace the carpeting by signing my petition! 

Thank You,

Amanda Kellman

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