The price for on-campus housing at VCU is more directly influenced by the number of suitemates or roommates you have than by which building you live in or what kind of amenities are provided.
By the nature of the economic system that governs us, nothing is sacrosanct. Nothing lies beyond a coveting hand, whether it’s a slave burial ground or a mom-and-pop shop. Whatever threatens a larger entity’s potential for profits or expansion is consequently threatened.
Whether you’re a celebrity whose ex-partner chooses to release a homemade sex tape to a website in order to make a quick buck or a struggling student who finds a profitable profession to pay for your tuition, having your privacy violated and being digitally exploited can be disastrously easy.
I’ve been a VCU student for about four years now. I understand the university fairly well. I get why funds are allocated the way they are. I know why we don’t have free GRTC bus passes anymore.
When discussing the suspension and conviction of the three VCU students who are accused of taking nude pictures of a nonconsenting minor, youth is no excuse. It’s a factor and a fact, but it’s not a legal or moral defense for the act committed. Too often, we allow young adults, particularly young men, free reign to roam as they please, rather than confronting them with reality.