Petition for Affordable and Flexible Dining Options for Juniata College Students

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We the students of Juniata College are frustrated by the new dining plan options offered by Parkhurst. The administration has offered its students no vote in order to discern whether this would be a welcome change, and certainly no warning in regards to the added costs. We received an email out of nowhere stating that next semester, students on campus will be required to pay nearly $3000 per semester on meals, regardless of our varying schedules and dietary needs, and ignoring the fact that the dorms have communal kitchens. In addition, students living in on-campus apartments will be required to pay $1400 per semester, though their living spaces include private kitchens.  

We cannot accept these changes and require more options. It is unreasonable to spring a large financial change on students, many of whom will soon be paying off loans and have not budgeted in advance for these extra fees. The exorbitant price of the new meal plan, in addition to the already expensive cost of on-campus dorms, and the email that we received, attempting to play these changes off as good news, were a slap in the face to the student body, many of whom chose to attend Juniata due to its’ student-oriented external appearance.

So far, the response of the administration to student complaint has simply been: 

"Take out more loans."

The purpose of this petition is to demonstrate to the administration the sheer number of students strongly displeased with the recent changes that have been made to the school, and to demand future transparency of college spending. We want to know where our tuition dollars are being spent and wish for the administration to be mindful of the impact that this simple "improvement" to the school has on its current students. We want for this institution to be the best version of itself and believe this recent change to be a step in the wrong direction. In signing this petition we call for change. We call for flexibility. We call for affordability. We call for transparency. 

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