Don’t cancel intramural games
Everyone knows this spring has not been the best when it comes to weather. But is a little rain any excuse to cancel an outdoor intramural sport just because the field becomes wet? This leads to a problem in different ways and aspects.
When people join intramurals, the captains pay a $20 entry fee. That money goes towards the program as well as providing the league T-shirts that the winning team eventually receives. However, when the fields become wet after a rain shower, the staff cancels the games. This rule should be changed because there are so many athletes who are capable in playing in bad weather conditions. If it becomes a constant thing, the $20 entry fee goes to a waist because teams are only allowed to play no more than 4 games for the quarter.
How can this problem be solved? A few possible solutions could be to not charge fellow Eagle students to join a recreational sport they are choosing to do for fun. It would save at least a few dollars that could go towards purchasing books or tuition for classes. The best possible solution would be to not cancel games on rainy days, unless of course there are signs of thunder and lightning. It will give more opportunities for people to play and have fun, as well as getting their money’s worth. There may be an outcome for possible injuries of course, but how often do injuries occur even without bad weather conditions? More than average.
Intramural sports are suppose allow fellow Eagle students a time to get out and do something fun, meet new people and play your favorite sport.
Humpday Quickie enraging
The ever-controversial article by one of your senior writers Dylan Coil was also disturbing to me. I hate to write this, considering I normally appreciate and encourage the right of free speech, but the article was tactless and honestly pretty enraging. I read The Easterner from time to time in my stay here, but I am not going to continue from this point forward. This article evidences some pretty prevalent themes that I don’t want this campus to be associated with — tolerance of sexual assault. Whether coded as Dylan put it “men being led on” or otherwise is not something I am going to perpetuate.
Bullying is a serious problem
While reading Woo Kim’s article “Bullying not a big deal, stereotyping necessary,” I found myself puzzled. Beginning with a disclaimer saying, “I am not endorsing stereotyping or bullying of any kind … it should be stopped immediately,” and ending with, “This is what should be taught and shown in the media. Not to stop bullying and stereotyping…” What? First of all, using the fact the bullying and stereotyping have always existed as an excuse to not try and stop it is ridiculous. If everyone were to use that as an excuse for not trying to change things, I’d hate to think of what this country would look like. Second of all, campaigns to “Eliminate Hate” are not naive. Progress in civil rights over the last century as well as lower tolerance for bullying in schools has proven that we are on the right track to ending stereotyping and bullying. I agree with Kim that achieving in the face of adversity should be applauded, but sending the message that bullying and stereotyping are just a part of life is a cop out. It is our job as people to show that bullying and stereotyping will not be tolerated.
Student fees getting outrageous
Every quarter, I hear students at the PUB or within classroom breaks complain about financial aid being lower because tuition is higher and how the additional fees included are unnecessary. Fees include technology fee, transportation fee and recreational activity fee. Students do not utilize what the fees include, not because they do not want to, but because they might not be able.
The student’s dilemma is that there is a $65 activity fee included in their tuition without debate from the student. What happen to listening to the students’ opinions?
The fee is mandatory because of the cost of the building, but because this project passed by previous students and staff, those who were not involved in the voting are stuck paying a fee that is not used by a portion of students. Some students have work or family events after their classes on campus; they do not use the rec center because they do not have the time. Yet the fee is included in their tuition.
If students are the voice of the university, how can administration please them? An efficient outcome would be for the student to decide if they need to pay the fee. Charging only if the student has attended sufficient visits is reasonable. Another answer could be if administration wants to charge the fee in with tuition, they can, but if the student has no record of attendance, then they would receive a credit to their print card or towards their Eagle Flex. On the other hand, a negative to this side is that not many students will attend if they are not required to pay. Overall, students should decide what they benefit from; if I drive or walk to school, I do not need to be paying a fee for transportation!
-Nuemi M. Castaneda
Spokane roads need maintenance
There is a problem in Spokane of having too many one-way streets. The problem in having too many one-way streets is confusion to the driver, which leads to car accidents. The harm is widespread because the one-way streets go all through the city of Spokane and no matter where you go. Eventually, you are always going to run into the problem of not knowing whether you are on a one-way or two-way street. One-way streets also make destinations very difficult to get to and almost impossible. This is a problem because the city of Spokane is being lazy and trying to save money when safety of the society should come before the profit of the society. The present system should be changed and is at fault for having too many one-way streets and car accidents due to this issue.
A way the city of Spokane can prevent accidents and confusion when it comes to one-way streets is by putting a yellow line down the middle on the streets that show they are two-way streets. The city should take down all the signs that say “one-way” and make it possible to turn right or left on each cross street. For example, the five lane one-way roads should be turned into four lane roads. Two lanes going one way and two lanes going the opposite way making it possible to go both ways on the road.
This is going to be a good change for the people of Spokane because it will reduce the amount of car accidents and make it very easy to get to a destination. Driving in downtown Spokane will be a lot less stressful as well. A negative outcome in changing the roads to two-way instead of one-way is that it will cost the city of Spokane money to put in all the construction and would be an inconvenient change for the next couple of months. It would not be an easy process, which is the downfall, but it would be well worth it when all is said and done.