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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Student's dilemma: To work or not to work?

By Craig Morris

November 11, 2008 | Some may say that there is only one or the other, while others may feel that the other will only get in the way of the one. I say that: How can you not do both? In this day and age, it is almost impossible to go to school without working at the same time. The financial demands put on students are through the roof.

Do we not go to school just so we can get a degree that will then lead to a job? Why then, do we not set aside work now and get everything we can out of this experience? Even with scholarships, school still costs a lot of money. Books? Fees? My scholarship doesn't even cover all those essentials. I get financial aid from the government and that added to my scholarship doesn't cover everything for me. I still dip into my own money each semester.

To top it all off, they make you buy the right to park your car on campus and then charge you extra money if you stay in that parking lot for too long. Living on campus should be cheap, but they make you buy a parking pass too.

If I didn't work I would not survive. I have to get at least 30 hours a week so I can have health insurance as well. Many students pick up at least part-time work while they are in school in order to eat. Unless you want to be in school forever you have to take a decent amount of credits each semester as well. Sleep and play are two luxuries that are unfortunately things of the past for students. Well, at least most students. The one chance we have to enjoy the "college life" has been taken away by all the money we throw at the system. In today's society, such a high percent of people in the work force have bachelor's degrees that in order to get ahead you have to get a master's degree. It is ludicrous to look at costs of those post-graduate programs. Certain grad schools will cost you over $70,000 by the time you are done, and that is just tuition. Luckily the starting pay for graduates from schools that expensive is high enough that you should be able to pay off all your student loans in time for your kids to go to school.



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