Seal the bond: Vote for referendum

As students head to the polls on Nov. 6 and ponder over their presidential picks, they need to make sure they don’t skip over a vote for the Building Our Future Bond Act. Rider is trying to make it as easy as possible for students to hit the correct button.

The Star Ledger has reported that the New Jersey Senate is attempting to pass a $750 million bond referendum, called the Building Our Future Bond Act, which would give public and private colleges money to improve and expand their facilities. If the bond passes on Election Day, Rider may receive an estimated $2 million to $4 million in funding. Exactly what projects Rider will pursue with the finances is undecided though, according to Benjamin Dworkin, director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics.

Students could have the power to bring a new source of funding to Rider by simply pushing a button. Although it seems that it couldn’t be easier to make a significant change, Rider is trying to make it even simpler. It is providing a free shuttle bus service to take all registered voters in Lawrenceville to polling stations. The bus will be in front of the Bart Luedeke Center from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day, Dworkin said.

Students who can board the shuttles on Nov. 6 should make their voices heard and vote yes on the bond referendum. The additional funding for Rider will allow the school to improve its facilities and potentially build new ones. Whether we spend a few months at Rider or all four years here, we are members of the Rider community and we should show our school how much we value the education we’ve received. Students have the rare opportunity to make an essentially free donation to their school that has the potential to cause big changes. Though this contribution to the school will not give you public recognition for your effort — your name will not appear on a building for this one — it will leave a lasting impact for future generations of students.

The weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. This week’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Rachel Stengel.

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