Thursday, December 10, 2015

Students hit hard by budget impasse David Barr, Public Opinion

A recent spaghetti dinner at Shippensburg University became a showcase for how the state budget impasse is affecting students who depend on money from the state to pay their college bills. Organizer Traci Moyer, the Student Senate vice president, said enough food for 150 people was gone within 10 minutes. A second order ran out within 45 minutes. In the end, 400 students took advantage of the meal on Nov. 23. The dinner led to other clubs and activities providing food for students or tying food into pre-planned events, said another organizer, senior Oliva Straka. The dinner came to be after Straka heard about a student who was living in a professor's car because she was unable to pay her rent. According to Straka, once that one student came forward, more and more students came forward, revealing how strapped for cash they are. The dire situations are largely the result of the stalemate in Harrisburg.

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