Editorial: Plug still pulled on holiday lights

There are many signs that point to the start of the holiday season: holiday music on almost every radio station, crazy shoppers and their love of discounts and of course, decorative lights that dress neighborhoods one house at a time.

But at Rider, ever since the Student Government Association (SGA) decided not to put up holiday lights, the only sign of the approaching holiday season left on campus is the final exams rearing their ugly, stressful heads.

The last time Rider had holiday lights adorning the library and bushes around it was two years ago. The lights were nixed last year because of their high cost of around $17,000. This year, the same decision has been made — buildings will be bare and dark, showing no sign of holiday spirit. It may seem trivial to some, but the presence of holiday lights is something that many people enjoy seeing.

SGA is a student government and should represent decisions that the majority of students want. A poll should be taken next year to see if holiday lights are something the student body wants back on campus. There are other companies SGA can look into that may have cheaper lights. There is no reason we need to purchase such a pricey package. Another alternative would be putting up fewer lights than in the past; just a little holiday spirit would be better than none at all.

The twinkling lights that decked the campus library charmed stressed-out students facing end of the semester assignments. By bringing back some of that light in the midst of the doom and gloom of finals, students can have something to enjoy.

This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. The editorial was written by the Assistant Opinion Editor, Kristy Grinere.


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