By Leah Sasges
It’s been two months since we’ve emptied our piggy banks into the wide open pockets of the University of Calgary, and judging from the lineup for the $2.50 specials, aside from getting moderately delicious food for a low, low price, it looks like students are still reeling from the unnecessarily high fees.
Have something to say about the increasing cost of your education? So does the Students’ Union. And what better way to get the attention of the fat-cats down at the government of Alberta than by putting something on TV.
The SU just set aside $14,500 to run a commercial on CFCN during the week of the provincial election to raise awareness about the cost of post secondary education. This is just enough to run 24, 30 second slots, 15 seconds at the beginning of the commercial break and 15 seconds at the end.
“It’s not going to be an attack on Klien,” explained SU Vice-President Operations and Finance Greg Clayton. “It’s just going to be put out there to say: hey this is important, this problem needs to be addressed.”
The details of what will be in the commercial have yet to be discussed. One of the ideas being tossed around is showing a young person looking up their chosen path on the internet and asking “mom, do we have $54,000.” Can kids afford to dream?
“The government has no deficit, and all the starving students want is a piece of the surplus pie,” said Clayton.