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Ziel: Let’s focus our money on the things that matter

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

Recently, it was requested of the Associated Students of Colorado State University Senate that the College of Business receive $20,000 for new study spaces in Rockwell. CSU has a massive stadium which contributes to Fort Collins’ light pollution and has classrooms only so it could be built on campus.


The Clark Building remains in its place, untouched and falling apart.

We go to a school that has hungry and depressed students who live in a state with poor education funding. Yet some people are still asking for money where it doesn’t belong. The issue with wanting to expand is that there are far better problems to focus on in our existing backyard.

Clark has long been a desirable candidate for renovations, as is it unsafe and students find it one of the most unappealing campus buildings. On the contrary, the Canvas Stadium, finished in 2017, is unimportant on a large scale with there arguably being little student benefit from its construction. In fact, even with the new stadium built, an abandoned Hughes Stadium was recently sold to a home developer and will not be turning into the much needed space for students.

CSU also has a massive population of students in need of financial aid or suffering from food insecurity. These problems could be more easily addressed if funds went to them instead of unnecessary projects, like adding more study spaces in Rockwell. It’s high time we, as students, and the University focus on the problems that already need solving.


This contention applies to national issues as well. President Donald Trump has plans for a Space Force which, according to USA Today, would be “devoted to protecting the nation’s interests beyond Earth.” The United States and its current administration also continue to put emphasis on the country’s massive defense budget.

But what about issues a little closer to home, like solving the environmental crisis on the planet we’re already living on?

According to the U.S. budget reported by Kimberly Amadeo of The Balance, the country spent $532.2 billion on defense in 2017 while larger, more humanitarian issues were treated poorly per the budget. The Department of Energy only got $30.2 billion and The Department of Health received $87.1 billion. Despite having the second largest amount of funds after defense, health received roughly six times less.

The Department of Education only received $66.9 billion in comparison to defense, despite the fact that education is the soil in which society itself grows. Education is supposed to enable our nation’s youth to face the future we render uncertain, yet our country cares about it so little. It is for this reason, above all, that the University should take better care of its many struggling students.

As a university and as a nation, we are focusing our money on unnecessary projects that have no true humanitarian value. Instead of fixing things that don’t need fixing, we should be spending time trying to restore what needs restoring at home.


Renee Ziel can be reached at or on Twitter @reneezwrites.

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Renee Ziel, Night Editor
Renee Ziel is the night editor for The Collegian this fall. With one year of the position under her belt, she is prepared to tackle her last semester at Colorado State University and to place the copy desk in the capable hands of friend and partner-in-production Copy Chief Rachel Baschnagel. Ziel is studying journalism and currently writes for the arts and culture desk, specializing in features and community-based reviews. She has been on the copy desk for over two years and also has experience writing for opinion. Ziel writes novels and poetry in her free time, as her greatest passion is storytelling. If she cannot lovingly craft words to deliver others into the arms of escapism, she turns to being the irreplaceable editing force behind the success of any piece. Being an editor is a tough job with a lot of fact-checking, AP Style memorizations and knowing countless micro English rules, and taking on copy management comes with long nights and little praise (beyond The Collegian’s caring and supportive editorial team). However, being on such a driven, hardworking copy desk is one of Ziel’s greatest achievements thus far — it is, after all, a second home. With that, Ziel aims to finish her college career strong, working with who she believes to be some of the best journalists to grace her lifetime. Renee Ziel can be reached at or on Twitter @reneeziel.

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