Vandalism fines at Seavers Apartments
According to an email sent out by the former Seavers Apartments residence director, every student will be charged $10 for the cost of the damages at the end of the semester.
The director sent out an email to the Seavers residents on Oct. 8. The email was titled: “Seavers Vandalism-Charge Will Occur.”
The email highlighted some of the damages that the building experienced over the weekend.
The damages were somewhat minimal, to say the least.
Some of the damages were stolen exit signs, damaged bulletin boards, trash cans that were thrown andgarbage left all over Seavers Apartments.
the director went on to say that this type of behavior is childish and despicable.
Although I completely agree that vandalizing and participating in destructive behavior is a childish and despicable act, why should the entire resident body at Seavers be responsible?
It was not my fault that a couple of students in a drunken stupor decided to leave garbage and destroy several trash cans.
Why should I have to pay a $10 damage fee?
I did not make those poor decisions and decide to act in an irresponsible manner.
Let us assess these damages.
A couple of exit signs that are missing, a couple of bulletin boards and a couple of trash cans have been damaged or stolen. To replace these items, it would cost no more than $150. I have also noticed that the aforementioned items have not been replaced, or for that matter, there has been no acknowledgment of that. Where are the receipts of these items?
Where is my $10 going? Is it going to the university, or is it going to actually replace these damaged items?
One wonders why officials would wait until the end of the semester to assess the $10 fine. Why would they even want to replace these items since Seavers will be demolished in the coming months anyway?
It is a sawbuck. It is a Hamilton. It is the approximate price of two foot-long subs from Subway.
A $10 bill can go a long way.
With approximately 360 students living in Seavers, according to SU’s website, everyone was assessed this $10 fine.
Most of us would not take notice to the fine, and that is the problem.
Most of us will take on an attitude that might say, “It is only $10.”
This is the wrong attitude to have.
We, as students, have a right to know where our money is going.
With approximately 360 students living in Seavers, and all of us being assessed a $10 fine, the university is getting a total of approximately $3,000.
Should we assume that the trash cans that are being “replaced” are made of silver?
Should we assume that the bulletin boards that are being “replaced” will be bordered with the finest gold?
No, we should not.
Where in the world would a couple of exit signs, a couple of trash cans and a bulletin board cost $3,000?
I would like to know, Shippensburg University.
We have a right as students to know what this money is used for, and where it will go if it is not going toward repairments or replacements, especially if the building is going to get knocked down soon.
This is a question I can not answer, but it is one that I hope will be answered by this very institution.