Letter to the editor
Student encourages others to speak out against policies
April 7, 2010
This weekend many, but not a majority, of students stayed on campus instead ofheading home for Easter.
Some of these students stayed because they do not observe the holiday and others because they did not have an opportunity to go home (because they are international students, from another state, don’t have a car or some other reason).
All of the students who did stay on campus had to pay extra for their meals (although they have meal plans), because Easter is considered a University holiday.
It truly disappoints me that a public institution can treat Easter as an American holiday and it just shows how deeply rooted American policy is in institutionalized discrimination.
Students feeling marginalized and excluded isn’t a new thing at UWRF, how about the Christmas trees and wreaths that supposedly symbolized happy holidays but failed to include symbols of other religions?
The fact is that although Easter is recognized federally it still doesn’t mean it should be recognized at this public institution especially if it puts students who pay for these services at a disadvantage.
It personally cost me a lot more than I bargained for and I’m fed up with the needs of the minority being trampled on by the consensus of the so-called majority.
It’s about time we speak out whenever we feel targeted by a policy or procedure.
Truly, five dollars might not seem like a lot but added to the hundreds of dollars we’ve already paid for our meal plans it becomes obvious that were not getting what we paid for.
It’s up to us to tell the University that some of their policies are hurting students not helping them because after all isn’t it the University’s job to help ALL the students?
Student and Activist