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Use funds for better things than barber shop

By Chelsea Bear Junior, communication
I am saddened to see that our elected Student Government representatives are having difficulties expressing how the budget is being spent, specifically for the on-campus barbershop.
I am writing to voice my opinion on the possible violation of the finance rule that was discussed in the Eagle News article, “Updated 11/6: Barbershop may violate finance rule” that ran on Nov. 6.
Speaking as a full-time student at Florida Gulf Coast University, I would rather see my tuition fees being poured into something more beneficial for not only myself, but also for a greater majority of our student population.
Our University is young and in need of various services in order to keep up with our quickly-expanding population.
The on-campus mobile barbershop has stirred up a lot of talk since it first arrived to campus at the beginning of the semester. Although students voiced their support for this initiative being brought to our campus, a majority questioned how beneficial it would be to the students. After being reassured earlier in the semester by Student Government representatives that the barbershop would not be using our money, students are now feeling misled.
I believe that the representatives initially had envisioned a better outcome for this service. Unfortunately, the negative light it has shed on SG is something that needs to be taken care of first and foremost. What is ”Student Government” without the trust of its students?
With the possibility of finance rule violations, in my opinion, it would be best for the SG representatives to immediately remove the barbershop’s services, respectfully apologize to the students and move on to focus on more important things that will better benefit the students.

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