By AMANDA THOMAS
Use of Tech Express can easily be seen in venues all over
campus — anywhere from getting a Coke in George T. Madison Hall to a Caramel
Macchiato in Tolliver Hall, a scantron in the
Bookstore or a load of laundry in the residence halls.
Other colleges in the state and across the country allow
for their equivalent of Tech Express to be used in venues outside of campus,
Scott Terry, the president of the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said.
“Businesses in Baton Rouge allow Louisiana State
University students to use their equivalent, which is called TigerCard, rather than being limited to only what is
available on campus,” Terry said.
Joseph R. Thomas, Jr., the vice president for financial
services, said a pending proposal could extend the use of the Tech Express
cards to off-campus book stores.
“The problem we face is with the businesses that will
have to decide if Tech Express purchases are really going to benefit them after
paying fees and for the equipment,” Thomas said.
Danielle Hamilton, a freshman
biology major, said the use of Tech Express off campus could really boost local
“The lines are so long in the Student Center, but if I
could use my card off campus I wouldn’t have to wait all day to eat lunch,”
Sammy Guy, a senior political science major, said more
people would get Tech Express if they could use it off campus.
“I would actually use mine a whole lot more, but I’m a
senior now, so it’s too late,” Guy said.
Thomas said Tech Express was designed to be an on-campus
card to make most things easily accessible to students.
Jacob Oakley, a sophomore pre-business major, transferred
from LSU. Oakley said he lived on campus, and it was nice to be able to use his
TigerCard at restaurants and stores close to campus.
“Now I live off campus, and I don’t really have a need
for Tech Express,” Oakley said. He said it would be helpful so he could go out
to eat more often, but now he just uses Tech Express for an occasional snack.
Thomas also said a concern is from parents who said Tech
Express money is intended for school and not for entertainment.
Avery Avant, a freshman special
education major, said using Tech Express has become part of her everyday life.
Just the other day Avant said
she talked about wanting to use the money her mom puts on her Tech Express off
“I would be so happy because I could eat at any
restaurant instead of just two,” Avant said.
Thomas said Aramark Food
Services is making Tech a more innovative food service for students.
Therefore, Thomas said it would be harmful to the Tech-Aramark partnership to get restaurants and food stores in
Ruston to use Tech Express.
Heather Gault, a freshman
psychology major, said she is willing to help out in any way to get Tech Express
“I will vote, petition, whatever it takes to get this