Discourse / Letters / April 10, 2019

Letter to the Editor: UB Casino Night was irresponsible and unnecessary

I was surprised the other day when I saw that there was a Casino Night being sponsored by the Union Board. My first thought was one of excitement Ð I mean, look at the prizes. A Nintendo Switch being given away? Bluetooth speakers? Beats headphones? I was sold.

But then I stopped.

All of that costs money, and a lot of it. How could the Union Board afford that; and why were they just giving it away?

I hear that the whole reason it happened is because Union Board was trying to use up excess funds. If I’m mistaken, I apologize sincerely. But if notÉ

I know that I have no idea how bureaucratic processes work here and that I’m no expert in economics, but it’s odd that our college, which is not flush with cash, wouldn’t repossess that money that hadn’t been spent. If we did that for a few years in a row, maybe we would have enough to fix the dorms in the New Quads, for instance, or any of the things that are so desperately in need of renovation.

While I hope the winners of Casino Night enjoy their winnings, I’d just like to remind Knox that even video games won’t distract us from the lack of A/C in the dorms, the busted furniture and the fire alarms at 3 a.m. We’re paying good money for our education – and our housing. At the current price for education, if we wanted video games, we’d have bought them ourselves.

 

Alex Crawford

 

TKS Staff

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Apr 11, 2019

Just a reminder that not everyone that goes to Knox is rich and has money to throw around. Not everyone could just buy themselves a Switch or any of the other prizes. Check your privilege. Everyone wants A/C but Casino Night isn’t the reason that’s not happening.



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