An undue burden was placed on local student Ash Foucault after being forced to spend part of his Wednesday night at a scholarship banquet. Foucault, a senior supply chain major, was required to attend the two hour event during his regularly scheduled Netflix binge.
The recipient of a departmental scholarship, Foucault must attend a yearly scholarship banquet as part of the terms of receiving the award. “Don’t get me wrong, the dinner is usually pretty good, and meeting my scholarship donor is great, too,” said Foucault. “It’s just, don’t they know I have better things to do with my time? I wrote my donor a letter. Isn’t that enough?”
Foucault is not alone in his complaints, as many students feel the same way. Many scholarship banquets are intentionally scheduled early in the semester or in between rounds of exams to maximize the amount of damage they can do to students’ schedules. Most students rely on those periods for peak Netflix binges, guilt-free napping, or scheduled blackouts on Northgate.
Other students were convinced that the banquets are more for the benefit of the donors, rather than to recognize those receiving the scholarship. “Isn’t A&M famous for schmoozing its donors or something like that?” said Randall Iota, a junior English major. “This is all part of Chancellor Sharp’s plan or something. I mean, the money spent recognizing students could easily go into awarding an additional scholarship.”
The departments responsible for the “waste of finances” have yet to come forward to apologize for the perceived abuse of funds. Though the banquet is part of the agreement when the scholarship is accepted, students are still fighting for their right to minimize their gratitude towards people easing their financial burden while at school.
“I don’t hastily rewrite my scholarship thank you letter from the last semester for nothing,” said Foucault.
– Netflix and Drill