Letter to the Editor

Pool tables are a ripoff

Every year $9,000 of my money is drained for housing, meal plan, tuition and other fees. However, this amount doesn’t seem to be enough to play a friendly game of pool. At the beginning of the semester, students could go to the Downing University Center pool tables and shoot pool for free if they had their own pool ball because the rental was for the balls and not the table. However, right in the middle of the semester, Western decides to change the rules without notifying the students.

Now they have decided that if students want to play pool, they are not paying to rent the balls, but to rent the table and the sticks. (Unless you have your own stick, then you pay for the table). If you are a student who bought pool balls in order to save money, you have done so in vain.

This rule smells mighty fishy in light of the $5.6 million budget cut. It seems that Western is looking in every nook and cranny in order to make up for the cut.

So now I am calling all students to boycott the pool tables until Western retracts this bogus rule and let us have freedom to play a little pool without having to dig in our pockets for $5 every time we decide to relax and forget about our classes.

Michael Hall

Nashville junior