Adamany’s condo a small fortune:
$1.25 million. If my family had that much money, we would be set for the rest of our lives.
Instead, we struggle to make ends meet month to month, especially with my school expenses adding on to our already tenuous financial situation, yet the president of this fine college, which denied me a place to live this semester, now has an expensive condominium for which this school is footing the bill. What happened to college presidents living in a nice house on campus? Is Temple too ugly a campus, too unsafe, or too close to the ghetto for our president to grace us with his presence here?
Surely those thousands and thousands of dollars every student is paying to learn here could be doing more good, like creating housing for the hundreds of students denied it every semester, or going toward financial aid so the less fortunate can partake in a better future – or even just toward fixing and cleaning the horrible bathrooms in some of the buildings. Maybe if we spent those thousands on improving our campus, Adamany would be proud to entertain those potential financial backers right here.
-Autumn Raniere is a Film and Media Arts major.
In response to the editorial “American soldiers deserve better” in the December 4, 2003 edition, I would like to commend the editorial staff for penning one of the more comical op-ed pieces I’ve ever read. Of course, by comical I mean magnificently ridiculous.
To imply that the shroud of secrecy surrounding President Bush’s Thanksgiving Day Baghdad visit was a coordinated political publicity stunt, is to insult the intelligence of the Temple student body directly. Perhaps the next time a sitting President makes a war zone visit he should replace Air Force One with an airliner on loan from Target department stores.
While we’re at it, he should slow his airspeed down to that of the Wright Flyer and retrofit strobe lights to the body of the aircraft. We’ll also give the terrorists a detailed flight plan prior to arrival. Oh yeah, and then we’ll send him on a walking tour of the Sunni Triangle without so much as the Pope-mobile for protection.
Maybe then a presidential gesture of gratitude could avoid unwarranted criticism. Implying that the Presidents visit was anything less than genuine is an insult to the very troops you claim deserve better.
-Joe Eisenhauer, student.