All posts by Ashley Sager

Cost of college tuition restricts students

The word “necessity” often brings up the three basic needs of food, shelter and water in one’s mind, and from the word “luxury,” items can bounce from new shoes to a week-long vacation. When these two words are put together, thoughts of college begin floating around.

A necessity is something needed to survive and prosper. Normally, these are reachable for the average person. Luxuries are harder to grasp, and if it is something humans can live without, many people do not make it to them.

College is beginning to come hand and hand with living as humans are now born and raised to learn how to talk and walk, and then they are immediately sent into schools where they learn to socialize, and above all, they are told every decision they make will affect their future.

According to College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the last school year was $31,231 at private colleges, such as New York University, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, such as Kent State University, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities, such as the University of Miami.

Kent State University has their undergraduate tuition for Ohio residents on ksu.edu listed as $10,012 without room and board for the 2015-16 school year. If this price did not change for the next few years, it would end up costing a current student $40,048 for a four year education.

Looking plainly at the huge numbers strikes the topic of what else on which money could be spent.

According to charitywater.org, it costs about $20 to provide water to one person for 20 years. With the price of college at KSU for four years, over 2,000 people could receive clean water for those 20 years.

While providing water seems to be a really spaced-out example, there are many products that put the price of college in a new perspective.

College prices often shy students away from the experience. A minimum-wage job does not provide enough money for a student to pay his or her way through college.

When the $40,000 price is displayed, it scares students, especially when the price does not include living arrangements, meal plans, books and extra-curricular activities, such as sports equipment.

The prices of college has huge margins, and if they were lowered, so much money could be saved for students and their parents. As well as saving money, people would, in the end, experience less stress without having to worry about abundant student loans.

The price commitment acts as a leash for students, and that is no way to excel in college.

Smashed car placed in front of school to convey positive message

In preparation for this weekend’s upcoming prom events, teachers Lisa Heilmeier and Alex McMahan arranged for a smashed car to be placed in front of the school with a black and orange flashing sign, which displayed the message: “DRIVE SAFE. DRIVE SOBER.” This annual display served as a reminder for all students to be safe this weekend.

Seniors put the school up for sale

As Senior Survivor takes place, the participants have free realm in the school overnight.

Coming into the building on Thurs., April 9 brought a surprise to many students.

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A photo of the flyer hung around school. This was a printout of the Craigslist ad.

These seniors had placed a sign outside, proclaiming the school “For Sale.” They also put the school on Craigslist and printed out the add, hanging fliers around the school.

Since being posted, the Craigslist ad has been removed.

The advertisement described the high school as “a very spacious and large vacation home in a boring city.”

The running price was $69.

The ad went on to say, “The odor is very welcoming in warm weather, and the ancient carpet is held together by the finest duct tape.”

This year’s senior prank falls under one the first to use technology in a creative way.

The seniors ended the ad with something many students found relatable: “we get closer to hell every day, which means good weather and tans.”

Speech and Debate sponsors Hair-Cut-A-Thon

The Hair Creations on Norton Road, located next to East of Chicago Pizza, is hosting a Hair-Cut-A Thon for the Speech and Debate Team.
People can receive haircuts Sun., April 12 from noon to 4 p.m., and all proceeds will go to the team.
There are fliers hung around the school, but it is not necessary to have one in order to participate.
Speech and Debate advisor Sue Theisen said, “We really need this fundraiser to keep competing.”