A Possible Conclusion to the Tax Issue With Cafe Cash

I was informed by someone who wishes to remain anonymous of a rather interesting conversation with someone rather high up in Dining Services.

This student asked why we have been told that Cafe Cash is tax free and then charged tax on items, and was told that Cafe Cash should not be charged tax. This student was also told that the number found on a student ID could be used instead of receipts in order to remedy the problem.

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Nancy Drew and the Missing Cafe Cash

For many people, eight percent of a bill isn’t that big of a deal. It’s something you don’t notice, a mild irritation. This is what has happened with our café cash system. Students are told that café cash is tax free, however, upon coming to the university and using café cash, they find out it isn’t. Big deal, there are more important things to worry about.

But are there?

Over the course of a semester, (as stated in the article before this) at the very least $17,000 is lost in tax revenue for café cash. This does not include commuters, people who purchase more café cash, or faculty. So, now that we know this money is gone, where is it going- and more importantly- WHY didn’t anyone notice where it went?

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Published in: on 8 November 2007 at 11:59 am  Comments (1)  
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What Part of ‘Tax Free’ Is Missing?

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the lack of posts over the past few days. But we have something that I think will make up for that.

One of the things that we were told on our campus tour, during orientation, Welcome Week our freshman year, and when looking at pages such as the Winthrop University Cafe Cash page and Campus Dish is that you will receive an 8% discount when you use Cafe Cash instead of some other form of money. However, this does not seem to be the case. Which begs the question, if students are being given an 8% discount where is it? And if not, why does everyone in the university insist on telling us that the discount exists?

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Aren’t Construction Areas For Constructing?

I always thought that construction areas were for construction, or at least for destruction. Either way works, as long as there are people actually working I don’t have a problem with it. But whenever I walk by the construction areas on Winthrop’s campus, I never see anyone working.

Granted, I don’t always pay too much attention to what’s going on in there. And I don’t go by these construction areas unless I’m going somewhere else. But you’d think that there would be someone working every once in a while.

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Learn How To Drive

Walking around campus at Winthrop can range from dangerous to horrific. And the best part is that it isn’t a problem that Winthrop itself has, it’s the students endangering themselves.

Speed is an issue, just like everywhere else there are traffic problems. People whip around corners without paying attention to who might be looking to cross the street. They tear down the street at speeds more suited for the highway.

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The CVPA: Visual Arts Edition… the Good, the Bad, the Split.

…an article inspired by the lovely signs posted in RUTL (which was inspired by a non-art major)… but don’t worry… this was written by someone who knows what they’re talking about (at least, sort of).

 

The Good (or, the part where Winthropsucks pats Winthrop on the back):

1. Quality Majors: As a Visual Arts major at Winthrop, I think it’s safe to say that there are a lot of great things about our various programs and departments. The whole reason I started looking at Winthrop was its high quality art programs (that in some cases can compete with much more expensive institutions such as SCAD) for a relatively low price. Certified BFA is rare for such low prices, and I believe that the upkeep of the administrations is one of the really admirable things the administration does.

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Published in: on 1 November 2007 at 6:10 am  Comments (2)  
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Despite E-mail, No Change in Smoking Policy

In the Daily Student Announcements on October 30, 2007 there was a message from Dr. Frank Ardaiolo urging students to know and follow the smoking policy. Too bad this message does nothing more than send a reminder to a community that is knowingly ignoring this policy.

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Thomson: A More Balanced Evaluation

Over the past two issues of The Johnsonian, there has been a small debate over the quality of food expected and received in Thomson. First there was Mike Stocz’s article about how it needs to be better, then Lauren Shannon’s about how it’s fine the way it is. Since both articles are over the top and very obviously slanted to the writer’s opinion, this is going to analyze each of them.

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Published in: on 30 October 2007 at 11:17 am  Comments (3)  

Take Down Your Mess!

On Friday afternoon there was an event which took place on the grassy area near Kinard and Bancroft. As far as most people can tell, nobody knows what the event was. But that is hardly important right now.

What is important is that on Sunday afternoon the tents, table, and chairs were still sitting on the lawn taking up space.

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Published in: on 29 October 2007 at 10:45 am  Comments (2)  
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Headlines Should Give Information

Winthrop has a way of communicating with the students called Daily Student Announcements. On the surface there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with this. And in fact, the system is a good one. It’s a way for students to send a message that they think everyone will want to see. Too bad the people utilizing this service don’t understand the basics of communication.

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