Letters to the Editor: Parking, Personal Finance, and Public Indecency
$750, No Guarantee
It’s a time-honored tradition for students to complain about parking. While I would love to have a closer parking spot, dedicated specifically to me, so that when I inevitably am running late for class I know that at least parking won’t be a headache – I also realize that this is not realistic in an institution that serves 30,000 students. And my parking spot would most likely be in the least convenient spot possible.
What I would like to see happen is for the parking garage – which is centrally located for all of my classes – be more reasonably priced for a year pass. At $750 dollars it is quite steep on a student budget.
I’m not saying that I think such prime parking should go for the same $80 that a regular student-parking pass goes for, but it would be nice if it were more reasonably priced. I would think that at a more reasonable price more students, and faculty, would purchase the premium pass and it would ultimately make more money for the university. This is a win-win situation for all in my opinion.
Financial Success Should Start in School
I took an economics class last semester, and I realized that it was the first time that I had taken a college course that dealt with money. This class wasn’t one that I was required to take for my major (Political Science); it was one of a selection of classes that I could take to fulfill a requirement.
After considering that I could have gone my entire college career without taking a single money-related class, I began to think that maybe every student should be required to take a personal finance class.
UVU has a number of general classes that apply to students of all majors, and while they all teach valuable lessons and skills, many of them lack practical applicability outside of school. I doubt that many students are going to need to write a 15-page argumentative research paper or know the quadratic formula in the “real world.”
However, every student is going to need to know how to balance a budget, save for retirement, manage debt, and numerous other skills that would be taught in a personal finance class. Lessons learned in this class would be both immediately useful and useful in the long-run.
Managing money is a skill that everyone needs to know, so the administrators at UVU should seriously consider making a personal finance class a required course for all students.
Now, I am aware that you young folks think the world of freedom from responsibility and so forth, but you are leaving a lot of room for misunderstanding about your attitudes toward adult behavior and impropriety.
Last week I was on your campus to review the health of your forestry and I was dumbfounded by the attire I saw passing. Young women with pants so short they could have been bathing suits, young men without any shirts whatsoever, both sexes showing underwear as if the public lawns and paths were locker rooms!
And at the same time I saw numerous couples engaged in what my father would call amorous commotion. In public!
What you need to realize is the value of your innocence; the true worth of a reputation is beyond the fleeting seconds of carnal craving. And what do your professors think?
I suggest you all take a long look at yourselves.
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