Friday, February 18, 2005

"Bills Bills Bills"

I read in the Oracle the other day about a rise in the cost of rent for students living on campus. Two of the major reasons why rent is rising are the increase of minimum wage, and a student-requested cable upgrade to include six or seven HBO channels, among others. Every student I talk to who lives on campus has nothing but complaints about the increase. That confuses me, because all these wounds are self-inflicted, and these students cannot see that! First of all, Resident Services Association polled the dorm occupants, and an overwhelming majority wanted the new cable channels. It says so right in the article. Did it ever occur to anyone that a new cable system (not to mention the campus-wide installation) would cost additional money? And aside from the one-time installation fee, extra cable channels cost extra money every month. It’s called Bills. If you want nice things, you must be willing to spend extra money for these things. That is why some people do not have nice things: they don’t want to spend the money. It’s a very simple concept. Secondly, (and I hate to say I told you so, but) from November’s straw polls on campus, as well as the state-wide election results, I can conclude that a large percentage of these on-campus students voted to raise minimum wage. Of course, nobody considered the repercussions of raising minimum wage, so now people are reconsidering their “good deed”. In this article, it says that the dorms have over 150 employees not including RAs, and all of these people make minimum wage. They all now have an extra dollar per hour they are owed, and where does USF find the funds to pay these people? From the rents of the dorm living students.
In conclusion, People, really consider the repercussions of your actions. Yes, they might sound nice in your head, but do they really benefit everyone? Not always.


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