OPINION: Being sold a bill of goods while paying for a house we can ill afford

Being sold a bill of goods while pay­ing for a house we can ill afford.
Chan­cel­lor Wachter talked about the need for a pay plan for all the employ­ees of Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin – Supe­rior. I agree with her. I have talked to peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing more than one pay-grade, here on cam­pus; every­one has been hurt.
Then there was the brief men­tion that majors and minors would be looked at, along with gen­eral edu­ca­tion prac­tices, to see what pro­grams could be adjusted or consolidated.
Then there was all that talk about recruit­ment and reten­tion, and how much each stu­dent meant to the Uni­ver­sity in cold, hard cash. And how all new money com­ing into the uni­ver­sity sys­tem from the state was going to pro­grams to enhance the degrees and earn­ing poten­tial of peo­ple already working.
This house we can ill afford was built by the State Leg­is­la­ture; the same leg­is­la­ture that is year by year cut­ting the funds to pay for it, thrust­ing the bur­den of debt onto the stu­dents present and future who are depend­ing on this house to shel­ter them, to fos­ter their growth. While cut­ting funds for those just begin­ning their adult paths, this same leg­is­la­ture is show­er­ing money on peo­ple who have already left the house.
 Stu­dents will pay for this house in so many ways; increased tuition, increased class size, lim­it­ing options of when to take a class and worse yet – what classes are available.
It is well past time for stu­dents of UW Supe­rior to stand up and demand that the sys­tem work for them, and not for the peo­ple who have already left the house.
Kirsten Scheid
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