By Caitlyn Johnson
In the past, Morrisville State College required students to pay a fee to stay in their dorms for vacation. However, this year MSC allowed students to stay in their designated residence halls for free.
The school year breaks include October break, Thanksgiving break and Spring break. Originally, students had to pay $60 a night to stay in their residence halls.
For those who live in any of the residence halls which included: West Hall, South Hall, Onondaga Hall, Mohawk Hall, Cayuga Hall, Oneida Hall and East Hall were subjected to pay if it was their choice to stay. Those who reside in Morrisville Commons I and II were not subject to pay.
Some students felt the rule was unfair and should not be required based on the conditions they endure.
“I think the rule is stupid because students pay thousands of dollars to live in small box so why should we pay additional money to stay in a room that’s registered in our name,” said Katie Madore, nursing student. “The dorms is not a hotel and should not be run as one.
Many students here are from cities such as New York City. Comparing the prices to travel home versus staying, financially speaking, going home is cheaper for NYC kids at the time when students had no choice.
A round-trip bus ticket from Morrisville, NY to NYC is estimated to cost $87.50 to $102.00. With breaks typically lasting a week, it would cost an average student $420 to stay for one week. This cost exceeds the cost of buying a ticket by four times.
As some students worry about the different ways to get home as well as the cost, there are some students who do not have a home to go back to. For some, MSC is there only home, giving them a place to eat and sleep.
Students were made aware that they can stay for break from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9. Earlier in the week, students received an email stating that Seneca Dining hall will be open for a small window of time.
Unfortunately, students will not be able to use their meal plan or points, forcing students to pay for their own meals.
“I feel as though it is unnecessary that we already pay so much to be in this college and for them to deprive us from using our meal plan that we get from financial aid is outrageous,” said Jenell Seymour, applied psychology student.
Though many students miss home, some students will choose to stay on campus because the hassle and cost of going home is not worth it.
“In my opinion, paying for meals is a more logical and cost effective way for students who may not be able to go home for breaks,” said Emma Van Voorhis, nursing student.
Though Morrisville changed its policy about keeping the dorm halls open, it was almost to good to be true as now students must fend for themselves if they want to eat over the break.
Through careful decision-making, meals plans will be accepted in Seneca Dining Hall which was sent out in an email on Oct. 5.