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This item originally appeared in the October 7, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

By BRIAN TYNES

Staff Writer

Students have been taking advantage of the Student Government Association's generosity by taking more than the two scantrons they are allotted.

The SGA is searching for answers.

Chuck Brouillette, education senator and a junior education major, said he witnessed this first-hand.

"Monday morning this girl walked up and took every blue and green scantron we had out and put them in her book bag," Brouillette said.

"I said 'You're only supposed to take one of each' and she told me she only took one."

Brouillette said he did not want to cause a scene because she had already put them in her backpack.

"People get attitude if [the scantrons] are not out there," Brouillette said.

"They don't understand we can't always control how many are available."

Lindsey Mencacci, SGA vice president and a junior biology major, said the service will continue to be provided but changes need to be made.

"It is a service every student can use so I would never want to completely get rid of it," Mencacci said. "But it's being abused so to better serve the students we need to set limitations."

Brouillette said making the service on-demand would be the best option.

"I think we should make it where people have to request them instead of having them out in the open," Brouillette said.

Mencacci said that would be the most feasible option.

Mencacci said this would still allow for the convenience of the service and make regulation simpler.

"Putting the scantrons in our office will also get more people to come in the office," Mencacci said.

Lynsie Fielder, a senior senator and a senior speech communication major, said those taking advantage of the program are limiting the availability of other programs to students.

"If students keep taking advantage of this, it hurts the SGA and other services because of a lack of money available," Fielder said.

Amy Stephens, a freshman biomedical engineering major, said the service is a major convenience.

"It's a lot easier than standing in line for 20 minutes to buy one," Stephens said.

Kimberly Ludwig, SGA president and a senior business management and entrepreneurship major, said it is not financially feasible to allow their programs to be exploited.

"I wish we had unlimited funds to provide the service to students but unfortunately we work on a budget," Ludwig said.

"We want to be able to provide other services like free food at events such as Homecoming, free faxes and police escort services," she said.

Ludwig said because of the misuse of scantrons, the SGA will be forced to set boundaries on the amount students can take.

"Some people really do use the service but others abuse it, and they cause us to have to set limits."

A possible solution to the issue would have been voted on Tuesday night, but there were not enough members present to conduct business.


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