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#1    questionmark

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:01 PM

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When Paul Vaughn, an economics major, was in his third year at George Mason University, he decided to save money by moving off campus. He figured that skipping the basic campus meal plan, which costs $1,575 for 10 meals a week each semester, and buying his own food would make life easier.

But he had trouble affording the $50 a week he had budgeted for food and ended up having to get two jobs to pay for it. “Almost as bad as the hunger itself is the stress that you’re going to be hungry,” said Vaughn, 22, now in his fifth year at GMU. “I spend more time thinking ‘How am I going to make some money so I can go eat?’ and I focus on that when I should be doing homework or studying for a test.”

A problem known as “food insecurity” — a lack of nutritional food — is not typically associated with U.S. college students. But it is increasingly on the radar of administrators, who report seeing more hungry students, especially at schools that enroll a high percentage of youths who are from low-income families or are the first generation to attend college.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:21 PM

The gov. of Tennessee is trying to pass legislation that anyone who graduates high school, or the equivalent, can get two free years of  community college or tech school. I think this is a terrific attempt in the right direction.

This is only for Tennessee students, by the way.

Edited by Michelle, 10 April 2014 - 05:36 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:27 PM

never seen a hungry student in my life, may be when they are stoned and too lazy to get food.  they never seem to have problems finding funds on alcohol, and weed.

another blown out of proportion artcle, and another "see how bad things are in America" thread.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:16 PM

View Postaztek, on 10 April 2014 - 05:27 PM, said:

never seen a hungry student in my life,

I have. You won't see one ever turn down a free meal either. Sometimes I think people forget how tough it is starting out on your own. And no, the majority of kids don't have parents they can fall back on for one reason or another.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:37 PM

My thoughts...

This is a serious problem for some students by no fault of their own. The books and tuition alone cost a lot of money, and, sometimes, the student is reduced to eating Ramin noodles or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

I admire their tenacity, but not their unavoidable nutrition.

Something should be done about this, IMO.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:52 PM

View PostMichelle, on 10 April 2014 - 06:16 PM, said:

I have. You won't see one ever turn down a free meal either. Sometimes I think people forget how tough it is starting out on your own. And no, the majority of kids don't have parents they can fall back on for one reason or another.

well, i have been to school too, and yes sometimes i too had few bucks in my pockets in change, quite often actually, ate cheap snacks,  but i would not call it a big problem, or going hungry, i also have been to  a few countries  over the world, and seen what really means to go hungry, not nearly the same as here.  students are not hungry, they just do not eat as well as they would like.  that is big difference from going hungry.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:53 PM

Poor babies.  Here's an idea, drop out of school for a few semesters and get a job or go to work full time and continue as a part-time student.  Life is hard.  You figure the **** out and learn how to cope.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 07:15 PM

This guy could go to being a part time student or get a loan for school and still have the two jobs?. I think one of the problems with our education system is that as a society we view being a part time  student as a failing. Its like if you dont get a degree within the four years of time your "suppose" to then your somehow behind, we act like they failed kind of.

Im not saying the student hunger is not a problem, it may be. But in my experience i honestly have not seen it. Sure we love free food and we may not be able to eat as much as we please 24/7 but I havent heard, soon or meet anyone starving.


I will say that the meal plans, at least at OSU, is a huge scam. You buy a certain amount of blocks( there is like 3 different plans each with a different amount) for the year, they give you way more then you will ever use (so you already loss money) And each block is worth 5$ but you have to pay 8$ for a block. Then whenever you buy food things will cost like 6$ so that you now have to use you blocks to pay for it but you loss the other 4$ from the second block regardless if you buy more food or not.

Its cheaper not to have a meal plan, but the force you to have one if your in a dorm, not for apartments though or commuters


But im kind of skeptical of this dudes story

Edited by spartan max2, 10 April 2014 - 07:20 PM.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 09:00 PM

Man....I'm not going to be liked after this one...

This shows the scam of college...they tell kids in high school "you need to go to college" and we as a society pretty much back that up completely...

The truth is, not everyone can afford college.  Not everyone is smart enough for college...Not everyone "deserves" college.

There are still trades and skills that can provide a good income but that generally takes some hard work, maybe some sweat and getting dirty once in awhile..."oh the agony"...

If you cannot afford to buy your books, pay your tuition and feed yourself...perhaps a change of vocation is in order...

Just sayin'...

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 09:37 PM

View PostMichelle, on 10 April 2014 - 06:16 PM, said:

I have. You won't see one ever turn down a free meal either. Sometimes I think people forget how tough it is starting out on your own. And no, the majority of kids don't have parents they can fall back on for one reason or another.

Yeah, unfortunately I've personally witnessed it going on with a friend too. I didn't think stuff like that happened with people going to college, but ever so often about 2 or 3 times the first month that I experienced this with this gal, usually in the middle of the afternoon, she would come up to me asking me if I had any food on me that she could eat, like an apple or piece of fruit. The first time she asked I didn't think anything about it, just figured she got in a hurry and skipped breakfast or something, so I offered her some change to get a bag of chips or something out of the college vending machine because I didn't carry food on me. Totally refused the money because of pride I guess. Then on the second occasion she asked me again, well I offered change again and she refused as expected, but I started asking her questions after that.

I found out for the past month or two, most of the time she was only eating one damn meal (dinner) a day and that was at relatives house late at night, the rest of the time she sort of scrounged around for food or whatever she could get from other people during the day. Yet the girl worked full time as a Home Health Aide, which only paid 7.25 an hour and she couldn't get a full 40 hours all the time from the company either, but most of the money went on rent, gas (butane), electricity, water, trash pickup, gasoline for her vehicle and college books ( which are outrageously expensive BTW), along with materials required she needed for some classes she had to take in order for her to get her degree. On top of that she was about a month pregnant.

Made me sick to see her struggle like that, so I started making sandwiches for us both and brought them with me, gave her one or two everyday I saw her when we went or had college classes during the week. She at least got lunch 5 times a week that I know of, after I found out about all of this, that I can tell you.

Anyway, apparently it happens. Didn't think that was possible in this country. That really was a total shock to me. Not everybody is fortunate enough to make it I guess. As the saying goes 'crap happens'.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 09:41 PM

View PostJeremiah65, on 10 April 2014 - 09:00 PM, said:

Man....I'm not going to be liked after this one...

This shows the scam of college...they tell kids in high school "you need to go to college" and we as a society pretty much back that up completely...

The truth is, not everyone can afford college.  Not everyone is smart enough for college...Not everyone "deserves" college.

There are still trades and skills that can provide a good income but that generally takes some hard work, maybe some sweat and getting dirty once in awhile..."oh the agony"...

If you cannot afford to buy your books, pay your tuition and feed yourself...perhaps a change of vocation is in order...

Just sayin'...


No in a way I think you're right Jeremiah. Hell, I think I may have waste about three years trying to get a stupid AA. I ended up going into business for myself after so long and not finding any decent jobs.


EDIT: Just want to say though, a part of it has to do with the area I live in (limited jobs) and my own personal circumstances taking care of older family members who don't wanna go to a nursing home (can't blame them and I won't put them in there either). So I think it's partly do to locations across the country, on whether or not a college degree will do somebody any good or not.

Edited by Purifier, 10 April 2014 - 09:47 PM.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 09:57 PM

View PostJeremiah65, on 10 April 2014 - 09:00 PM, said:

Man....I'm not going to be liked after this one...

This shows the scam of college...they tell kids in high school "you need to go to college" and we as a society pretty much back that up completely...

The truth is, not everyone can afford college.  Not everyone is smart enough for college...Not everyone "deserves" college.

There are still trades and skills that can provide a good income but that generally takes some hard work, maybe some sweat and getting dirty once in awhile..."oh the agony"...

If you cannot afford to buy your books, pay your tuition and feed yourself...perhaps a change of vocation is in order...

Just sayin'...

I agree. There should be "full cost" disclosure. Some instititutions do not care if you can feed yourself after tuition and books, they just want the money.

In all fairness, this responsibility of understanding should rest with the student or parents, of course, but some institutions can be "slimey",
much like car or real-estate agents(no-offense)


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 02:47 AM

View PostPurifier, on 10 April 2014 - 09:37 PM, said:

Anyway, apparently it happens. Didn't think that was possible in this country. That really was a total shock to me. Not everybody is fortunate enough to make it I guess. As the saying goes 'crap happens'.

I live in a college town and kids will make flyers to put in the mailbox asking for odd jobs...along with teacher's phone numbers and other references. I happened to be outside one day when two tall, skinny guys came walking by that were going to do work for a neighbor who was one of their teachers. They politely asked they could pick a couple of apples off the tree and I told them to take all they wanted. They asked if they could come back after work, which was fine, and you would have thought I offered them a bag of gold. They both took off their shirts and filled them completely up.

I saw them later and told them about my brother's house, that had been vacant for a couple of years, that had fig and plum trees with most of the fruit going to waste. When I saw them leaving they had at least a dozen bags full, eating like they hadn't had a meal in days.

I would much rather see students get government benefits, while they are trying to better themselves, than generations of families that have learned to live off the system.


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:15 AM

View PostMichelle, on 10 April 2014 - 05:21 PM, said:

The gov. of Tennessee is trying to pass legislation that anyone who graduates high school, or the equivalent, can get two free years of  community college or tech school. I think this is a terrific attempt in the right direction.

This is only for Tennessee students, by the way.

Free?.... haha... that's a good one!

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:28 AM

View Postacidhead, on 11 April 2014 - 03:15 AM, said:

Free?.... haha... that's a good one!

Yup...free to the students and the taxpayers. He estimates it will cost $34 million a year and the money is to come out of the $400 million already in the lottery reserves. The lottery was set up specifically for education.

Those poor sods who spend five to ten dollars a week hoping to be millionaires are actually helping the community.

Edited by Michelle, 11 April 2014 - 03:33 AM.





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