Money on our minds

Your wallet may start staying fatter, longer.

Naomi Prasad

It’s another late night and your friends are inviting you on a quick run to DeLeon’s. Unfortunately for you, it’s the end of the month, and your wallet only holds the memories of the paycheck from the first of the month. You tell your friends that you have to study to save face and wonder why Union, unlike many other institutions, pays monthly instead of bi-monthly.

Getting paid the first of the month is helpful in that you can pay bill right off the bat. You can get stocked for food and gas for the next two weeks. Getting your paycheck on the first makes your paycheck look fat.

But for students who have bills to pay, that money goes away fast. You can’t really budget out the whole month because in college; nothing is always the same. One week your friends may convince you to go out to eat five times in a row, or you get bed bugs and now you have to have use more money for laundry, or you forgot to cancel your subscription to Amazon Prime and now you have to pay up.  

At the end of last year, Anjuli Lake, a recent Union grad, had proposed that students get paid bi-weekly instead of monthly. Senate has reopened this idea and is digging deeper to scope out their options.

Another idea that has come up during the meetings is to provide summer storage for students. Last year I had accumulated so much clutter throughout the year that I had to buy a storage unit for myself that I quickly filled up with the help of my friends.

Union’s WiFi is another hot topic for Senate this semester. Maybe it’s time to switch to a new internet dealer? “Putting up the Clocktower online was suppose to take two hours on the internet took me three and half hours on the internet. I turned the internet off and on five times an hour to get it to work,” business and communications major Brittany Houchins frustratedly explained.

There are many more ideas being brought up in senate, but there are no promises that all of Union’s problems will be solved through Senate. It’s a matter of how passionate the senators feel about those idea and how realistic it is to change these ideas that a change will come.

Naomi is a sophomore studying chemistry and pre-med.