February 8, 2008

2010 To Expand Gift

The Sophomore Gift Committee has decided to expand their gift of V-card swipers to include devices to cut down on the energy used by individual machines.

"We acknowledge that sustainability is a major concern on the Vassar campus," members of the committee write in an open-letter. "We have decided to expand our gift to include Vending Miser technology. These devices cut energy consumption by 46% per machine, dramatically reducing energy costs and usage."

Read the full letter in a previous post.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

this activist crap is stupid. i'm so happy we're gonna get those swipers!!

Anonymous said...

they actually responded to the anonymous postings here? For all we know it could have been the same 3 people posting over and over . . .

Anonymous said...

i hope they're not using too much money on these stupid environmental things that would have been used to make more machines vcash accessible...

Anonymous said...

dude if farkas and caly are running this show, no one's got anything to worry about. i've had classes with both of them and they're both smarter than any of us.

also, has anyone noticed that vending machines have almost totally dark chocolate? we need more milk chocolate, baby!

Anonymous said...

i agree with 7:27. there were like 4 people against the gift and like 30 in favor of it. this small minority should stop killing everyone's happiness

Anonymous said...

hmmmm... you know 7:35 i understand why people like you exist, with your superior statistical skills that is... what i dont understand is why you get the same diploma as me

Anonymous said...

good!! now we get vcash and the hippies can stfu! best of all worlds.

Anonymous said...

i've had classes with both of them myself and to be honest, they're stupid as fuck!

Anonymous said...

caly is hot. Enough said.

Anonymous said...

sweeeeeet! this gift will be so nice. what was the gift last year?

Anonymous said...

1- Besides the activist side of this issue, this gift does not provide the students with anything new. The ONLY thing that it does is to get rid of an extra step of finding a quarter.

2- There are NO logical arguments in favor of the gift. The only comments that the gift council draws its "most people are in favor" idea say stuff like "sweet" or "this activist crap is stupid" or "x is hot".

3- The thousands of dollars that will go to this gift will basically be spent in vain. The result is not to give people access to food but to make them lazier.

4- Instead of this V cash machine idea, there can be late night stands in dorms where people can get more perishable food such as sandwiches.

5- Taking into consideration the food that is in the vending machines, one draws the conclusion that this gift serves solely to satisfy oneself when they get "the munchies".

6- Yes, for some people, it is true that their parents will pay for whatever is charged to their V-cards, however, these things do not cost tens of dollars, it is manageable to occasionally spend a couple of dollars on luxury snacks.

!!!!! People who agree with these 6 ideas should make more effort to be heard !!!! Otherwise all this money will be spent for a teeny tiny little detail that doesn't change anything after all.

Anonymous said...

6:39 - maybe all of those people who say "sweet" and "awesome gift" do so not because they're stupid, but because they actually like the gift. i certainly do, and it'll make my life much easier. it seems that it will do the same for lots of other people.

Anonymous said...

dear 8:45
I did not use the word 'stupid' to describe them. read my comment again. i said that there is no logical argument produced on their side.

By much easier, do you mean not finding a dollar? Because that should not require thousands of dollars to be spent on this kind of machine.

It should be obvious that such amounts of money could do much more good than this unnecessary gift.

Anonymous said...

this gift shows total lack of creativity on the committee's part

Anonymous said...

stupidest gift ever IT BLOWS

Anonymous said...

Awesome gift. you people need to be thankful that this is being organized for you and stop bitching. If you don't like it, don't give money.

Anonymous said...

food at night is a great idea. but this is not an appropriate use of our class gift. There's a huge human and environmental cost to those machines and I refuse to support this gift as a representation of our class at Vassar.

Anonymous said...

you guys need to shut up. like was said above, if you don't like it don't give money. but stop complaining.

Anonymous said...

it's pretty normal that this gift bother people. so much money! it's not about paying or not it's about being a community

Anonymous said...

i can't wait to be able to swipe!!

Anonymous said...

hopefully people won't give enough money and this stupid crap won't be put up and the gift will have to change

this is a terrible idea
just because the gift committee doesn't wanna feel bad about themselves they say they can't change it

bullshit

Anonymous said...

seriously, 60% participation rate? I'll be surprised if they raise $500 dollars. This is the biggest waste of money ever.
The class gift should actually mean something.
I just hope we get a fresh class council next year.
We'll definitely go down in history, as the lamest class ever. thanks.

Anonymous said...

i know two sophomores on the committee and they say that they've gotten tons and tons of donations already. the people that are bitching and complaining should listen to the less vocal majority who think this will improve their quality of life. just because YOU have a problem with a decision doesn't necessarily mean that there's a problem with the people who made a decision or a problem with the people who support it.

Anonymous said...

it's too late to change the gift for a variety of reasons-- namely, it has to be cleared by development, the president's office, and the matching alum donor. i don't think people realize how much time and energy was put into selecting the gift in the first place. if you have something to say against the gift, it would behoove you to think of why you didn't suggest an alternative gift in the months when the committee was deliberating...

also, i would urge you to go talk to any one of the nine committee members if you have concerns. they will gladly explain the merits of the gift and why the soph class WILL be installing vcash swipes come this summer.

Anonymous said...

the gift is SAVING ENERGY! since the vending machines are already installed and definitely here to stay, give to help the committee save energy even if you don't want or need the convenience of a VCard swipe machine.

Anonymous said...

BEST GIFT EVER

Anonymous said...

until this gift incident i was so happy to be at vassar and thought every single person was extremely clever. now i'm embarrased that i'm part of this class

HORRIBLE GIFT

Anonymous said...

dude, 9:50, melodramatic much? if a vending machine swiper and energy reducer actually makes you embarrassed to go to vassar then maybe that says more about you than the gift.

i guess i'm just joining this convo, but what's the damn fuss about? vcash would make it much easier to buy stuff, they're going to get healthier options into the machines, and these energy savers will cut the energy the machines use in half. we'll be more sustainable and have more food options because of this. so i don't get why their gift is a) not clever or b) embarrassing.

Sophia said...

i wish we had heard about what the class gift was going to be before it was too late to make any kind of change... i trusted the committee to come up with something good and didn't think it'd be necessary to add my 2 cents until i found out what the gift was.. and now it's too late. damn.

fuckin bureaucracy...

Sophia said...

just to clarify:

1. i'm mad at the situation, not the committee itself. caly knows that, and i hope the rest of the committee does, too.

2. i know the vassar bureaucracy is inevitable, i just.. you know.. wish there wasnt so much of it sometimes.

3. there's a facebook group for this topic if you dont mind leaving posts that arent anonymous.

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited to be able to swipe for food!! Plus it saves energy, it's a win-win.

Anonymous said...

i don't get why people bitch about things that don't effect them. the different this will make on vassar's carbon footprint is nil. it just makes life easier for the majority of the campus that uses these machines, and for those that don't, energy costs are cut.

how many people *actually* ride those stupid bicycles?

Anonymous said...

Terrific gift choice! people obviously don't see the convenience of the vending machines. sooo much cheaper than employing workers for late night dining. cheap, good snacks = excellent gift.

Anonymous said...

why people aren't "shutting up" is because we can't bear to see that much money be wasted.

pink bikes may not have worked perfectly but they still are used at all times. if you haven't noticed this, try putting one in front of a building and see if it's still there 2 minutes later.

Vcash would have been good if it was something the school would have done on its own.
as a class gift it's terrible

Anonymous said...

maybe the school wouldn't do it by themselves. maybe they wouldn't factor this money into their budget. if students want something the school doesn't have it, then it makes a PERFECT class gift.

Anonymous said...

such shame.

Anonymous said...

such a fantastic gift!!

Anonymous said...

such waste