Metra Petition To Reduce Prices For College Students To Continue To Receive Active Engagement

Metra Petition To Reduce Prices For College Students To Continue To Receive Active Engagement

A petition that was written a few years ago continues to receive support.


A petition created by DePaul graduate Cedric Ngwa who wants to issue discounts for college students who ride the Metra continues to have an active engagement within the DePaul community. The petition was written on back in February of 2017 and calls for a $3 discount for one-way tickets for full-time students and $1.50 for part-time students. The primary area of concern is how high schoolers are eligible for a discount while students who are in college must pay the full price of a Metra ticket. On Sept. 12, Ngwa posted an update on the petition that the board is pushing for the state of Illinois to subsidize the rising operational cost after the board voting against the 50 cent fare increase for 2019. This decision will result in yearly increases.

Sophomore Hana Bayssa shared the petition to the official class of 2021 Facebook group urging people to sign the petition on Oct. 24. Before sharing the petition the facebook group, she has seen the petition a few times and did not pay much attention to it. This past summer, Bayssa worked on campus and had to commute from the suburbs back and forth twice a day for the entire week, and she realized that it cost a lot of money. After researching more about the Metra, she found Ngwa's petition and admired the idea. Bayssa notes how she feels very passionate about this, and commuters face a lot of struggles. If she were to commute, which was a consideration for her, she would have saved a lot of money.

Although Bayssa lives on campus, she understands that this is an important issue. As a Chicago quarter mentor, Bayssa mentioned how many of the students she mentored in that class were commuters. In her class, Bayssa mentions how there were a lot of commuters in her class and they would voice to me all the struggles of being a commuter and I needed to do something. It is about DePaul being a commuter school so she decided to repost it. One of the reasons why this petition will benefit college students, according to Bayassa would be that students save money. Another aspect Bayssa notes is how most people live on their own and support themselves and as college students, many don't have that much money. Thus, getting that $3 discount adds up in a full year and I think it is important that we get this petition signed.

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You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...


Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

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Things That Have Changed In The Last 4 Years As Told By U Of A Seniors

Where did three years go?


I started my college career at the University of Arizona in 2015 and a lot of things have changed at the University after that. The four things that have changed about the U of A is parties- they turned into festivals and wristband only, frat rankings, the fashion- more edgier and casual than dressed up. Nobody wears heels and dresses anymore. Campus involvement- people becoming way more involved with clubs and events/ stress busters. I was a part of Greek Life at the University. I was a Tri Delta and I still am because I went alum. I have had experience with fraternities and their parties. Some parties people were not able to go because you were required to know someone in the frat and get a wristband.

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According to the fashion at the University of Arizona, it has changed in a lot of good ways. I have seen a lot of girls wear fashionable clothing to class and going out. You may know the basic college girl that wear leggings, sandals or tennis shoes and a cute shirt to class. It is always nice to feel comfortable and comfy going to class. Don't we all want to feel like that? But let's be honest, we are women and we need to go out of our ways and dress fashionably to class!

It will make us feel good and look trendy. There are a lot of new trends that came out that I have known about since my freshman year. It is so nice and refreshing to see U of A girls wear fashionable clothing. Yes, go us! We don't need to look cute for the men, we just want to dress fashionably for ourselves so we can feel good! Since we go to college in a warm state, we should all be able to look fashionable and dress appropriately.

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