Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 26, 2012 7:20 AM

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Why is the IMU no longer 24-7?

The first few weeks of a semester are not a time to get used to your coursework or learn the Cambus schedule. It is a time to hit the ground running, because professors will not wait to flood you with homework, readings, projects, or exams.

For this reason, I became very upset when I was informed that the IMU would close at 2 in the morning instead of being open 24 hours as it normally is. It will not return to a 24-hour schedule until "sometime in February," according to a housekeeper who told me that I needed to gather my things and leave.

Our tuition is too high for us to sit idly and not demand more for the money that we will be shelling out for decades. We need either a university that will accommodate people who study for an entire 16-week semester or professors who will wait before assigning work. I know it would be foolish for anyone to think the latter would or should happen.

Ryan Maher
UI student

Applauding the new underage-drinking bill

I would like to make some points on the article"New bill to target underage drinking," published Jan. 24.

This bill will not only help local law enforcement, it will also be an incentive for those both over and under 21 to make better decisions. We are all faced with tough decisions in our lives, but young adulthood seems to have many more than other points in our lives.

When you add peer pressure and alcohol into the mix, the decisions we have to make can seem nearly impossible. By putting this legislation into law, people of legal drinking age thinking of providing minors with alcohol will not only have a moral decision to make but a legal one as well.

For minors accepting alcohol from those 21 and older, they also face the same moral and legal decisions. I think in either situation, the very real possibility of getting a fine will bring gravity to the situation and make people think twice when making the decision to break the law.

Bryant Balasa
UI student

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