Are Colorado College's Meal Plan And Forced On-Campus Housing Financial Slavery?

Are Colorado College's Meal Plan And Forced On-Campus Housing Financial Slavery?

Colorado College's Monopoly On Goods And Services.

The truck system is a system of paying workers that was widespread in England during the 18th and 19th century. In this system, workers did not receive standard money, but instead a currency that could only be used at a store owned by that particular factory. This system allowed for the factory owner to inflate the prices of his goods as much as he desired.

For example, if a worker was supposed to be paid the equivalent of three shillings a week in a separate currency, three shillings in that separate currency might buy much less at the factory store than it could buy the worker in the real world.

Personally, I can't help but see an obvious connection between this system and Colorado College's meal plan and forced on-campus housing.

The meal plan works as follows: every semester, a student living on campus at Colorado College must convert at least 2,334 dollars of real-world currency into Tiger Bucks. Through this system, the College administration is able to inflate prices any amount that they wish. From personal experience, I find that products sold at campus stores are roughly twice the price of the same products sold in a real-world scenario. Because the school has created a closed system, there is no competition, which allows the school to have a monopoly on their own products.

Along with this, the forced on-campus housing functions in a very similar way. Since a student here has no option but to live on campus for at least three years, the school can, once again, inflate the price of living by as much as they want.

The way in which the school punishes students who receive disciplinary probation also demonstrates the school's obvious desire to force students to give even more money to the college than they already do. Instead of forcing students to move off campus, which seems like the proper solution for a community member who is acting in a way that the school disapproves of and may make other students uncomfortable, the school actually gives the student a worse time slot for housing. This makes it harder for the student to move farther away from the community that they may be "negatively affecting."

Beyond the blatant unfairness of this system, this system has also caused unwanted health issues for me. I'm someone who greatly prefers to make his own food in a particular way, rather than constantly ordering food from a small variety of places.

As a result, I eat less food than I normally would, and usually live around 10 pounds under my normal, healthy weight. As for not being able to move off campus, this causes me much stress, nervousness, and paranoia. I am a person who highly values privacy, and being forced to live in an area where I am surrounded by other students, RA's, and an RLC is very damaging to my psyche.

We as a community need to stamp out this current system and introduce one where students have freedom, instead of the school having complete control over our lives.

Cover Image Credit: Sam Zagula

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!


Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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