On March 1, five students of the Occupy movement entered the Student Center building and in a cult-like fashion one yelled and the other four repeated: “Mic check, do you want free education? Are you tired of student loans? Are you tired of being in debt? Then follow us down to Governor [Tom] Corbett’s’ office.” It is too bad some students’ support this, but fortunately I did not see anyone follow them out and from what I heard there was a small turnout. I would like to take time to answer the questions that these students posed to the crowd. The first question was, “Do I want free education?” No, I do not and no one should. If a college education was free, it would be worthless. Take a look at how much your high school diploma is worth. We go to college to get a valuable education. The next two questions regarding taking out loans and incurring debt to obtain your degree is simple to answer. When you applied to Temple or any other school, did they hide the tuition costs from you? They did not. When you decided to come to Temple, you decided to take on debt that no one forced you to take. If you do not want to take on this debt, you can go to a community college for two years then select a cheaper four-year school for your bachelor’s degree. It is possible to accomplish a four-year degree and only take on $24,000 in debt by the time you graduate. Even if your degree puts you into a low-paying job you would be able to handle paying off those loans. If you decided to be an on-campus student for all four years at Temple and decided to finance it through loans, you knew what the end result would be. It was your choice, but do not cry about after the fact when you knew the price going in. I think the most embarrassing events involved in this walkout were the stories I heard about professors giving these walkout students an excused absence for the day to participate in this event, eliminating their responsibility as students at Temple. To the Occupy activists who may be on campus, I have a chant of my own.
Occupy some personal responsibility, not our streets. Occupy a job, not our campus.
Temple College Republicans