Funding trouble? I know, letâ€™s build some more!
After reading the article â€œMoby may get $4.5 million renovation in 2012,â€ I find myself confused and irritated. Why, in this financial crisis with tuition rising to ludicrous rates, do we continue plowing campus with multimillion-dollar renovations?
Yes, the article did say the money is coming out of reserves, loan payments and donations. Sounds greatâ€“â€“itâ€™s not coming out of my wallet! Or is it? The article claimed that the reserve money ($4.5 million to be exact) was available due to â€œthis yearâ€™s higher non-resident enrollment than projected during the initial budgeting period.â€ Oh I have an idea â€“â€“ how about save the bulging reserve budget for an emergency, and this year donâ€™t overcharge tuition by $4.5 million! Granted, I am not sure the $4.5 million was all from under-projecting, but my point still stands.
Also, what the hell is wrong with Moby? I have attended many gamesâ€“â€“volleyball includedâ€“â€“and it seems like a perfectly acceptable gym. Iâ€™m still trying to figure out what was wrong with the libraryâ€¦ I do agree, though: the volleyball team is doing amazing. Keep playing well and I will keep attending (yes, I am a bandwagon fan) but do you really need a new gym for a reward? I will personally plan a victory party at my house if it keeps me from seeing one more closed road, digger, hammer, crane, port-o-potty or any other construction baggage on campus!
Erica Schmidt is a sophomore communication studies major.