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Wanna Pay More Tuition Next Semester? Just Do Nothing

moneyAs it looks right now, students of Penn State are facing an ADDITIONAL tuition increase next semester. And for this, we can thank the Pennsylvania legislature, which has yet to pass legislation on casino table games that would generate revenue to cover appropriations, such as the funds that Penn State still has not received. Therefore, if Penn State doesn’t get these funds soon, perhaps even by the end of this week, the University will be forced to raise tuition as soon as this coming spring.

With tuition already as high as it is, another increase would put an unwarranted financial strain on students and their families and for the sake of legislative politics. Unfortunately, state legislators seem indifferent to the fact that without these funds NOW, they will be dumping the consequences of their inaction onto almost 100,000 Penn State college students. The students of The Pennsylvania State University and Commonwealth Campuses deserve better. Is this some sort of legislative revenge for dropping out of the Big Ten championship race?

The funds due to our university by the state are needed now. And as students of this university, you WILL (substitute CAN for those of you who don’t care about money or your alma mater) voice your opinion.

This may seem complicated and time consuming and hey, you’ve got papers and exams this week, but really, it’s easy and incredibly vital that you have your say.

Go here for Pennsylvania residents, and enter your HOME address, find your local State Senator and State Representative, click “Contact,” and find their Harrisburg office phone numbers and call them as soon as possible.

For out-of-staters, your local State Senator is Sen. Jake Corman who can be reached at (717) 787-1377, and your State Representative is Rep. H. Scott Conklin and can be reached at (717) 787-9473.

The message to our elected officials is simple: Penn State needs its appropriated funding NOW. It will be because of your legislative body’s failure to act that the students and families of the Pennsylvania State University will be forced to endure yet another tuition hike that will cause them an additional, undue financial burden. It is unjust to let the 94,000 students within the Penn State community become victims of irresponsible politics. The issue of the table games legislation is for YOU to decide upon and should not determine the fates of tens of thousands of students. As a student of this university, I implore you, our elected officials, to do anything and everything to pass Penn State’s appropriation bill NOW so we don’t have to suffer the consequences of your inaction.

Take a break from studying, pause Modern Warfare 2, and make the call. If you were to ever get involved in something like this, now is most definitely the time.

And to my fellow Penn State brethren, if it’s your parents who pay your tuition, think of them when you’re deciding whether or not to act. Think of the sacrifices they may have had to make to keep YOU in school, think of the students, your friends that have to take on one or even two part-time jobs just to cover their book costs. You have been given an opportunity to help yourself and the many others within your community. You can help shape the outcome of this with just your voice. It would be a shame not to.

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Tom Kent

I was born in Virginia Beach, raised in Westfield, NJ, went to college at Penn State, moved to Miami, FL. Peruvian on mom's side and English on my Dad's. I'm a Journalism major and Political Science minor. I do not currently own any reptiles.

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