Now, I’m all for campus safety and for colleges using the technology that our students are using – but this is a bit much!
Students at Montclair State University in Dirty Jersey now must purchase, out of their own pocket, a Sprint cellphone, dubbed the "School Phone" by students. Ostensibly, the plan is designed to ensure student's safety. The least expensive plan, which includes a paltry 50 peak voice minutes (but unlimited text messages and on-campus data transfer), costs $420 per year.
Students should be able to pick their own phone and plan – some are just better/cheaper than others – and the campus should learn to work with all cell phones. And if a student can’t afford a cell phone then the school should come up with some compensation – a scholarship fund of sorts.