Staff Editorial

STAFF EDITORIAL: The World Seems Like it’s Ending, What Else Can We Do?

The pandemic has taken a toll on a lot of aspects of life, and economic struggle has been near universal because of its effects. 

A recent Labor Department consumer price index (CPI) report shows inflation has risen at its fastest pace in 41 years, the Associated Press reported.

For Chicago specifically, food costs have increased nearly 10% from a year ago and rent has increased nearly 4%

Between the inflation and students receiving less from HEERF grants than in previous semesters due to increased demand, it’s clear students are struggling right now. 

The early pandemic government payments were short lived given the cost of living in Chicago. Even those who were fortunate enough to stay at home through the global event were subjected to costs as soon as they moved back to attend in-person classes. 

Many students didn’t receive any stimulus checks at all, as some parents still claim their kids as dependents, thus disqualifying them from receiving the government funds. 

College comes with hidden fees and costs around every corner, and while some students are lucky enough to receive help from their families, a lot of students are left to pay for these things on their own. Take the upcoming commencement ceremonies for example — in order to walk across the stage, students have to cough up nearly $100 for the regalia alone. 

Combine the stress of rising prices with the recent release of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) April 4 showing an even shorter timeline before climate catastrophe is locked in, it seems like Loyola students fit classes and tests in between historically horrible happenings. 

There’s no way to sugar coat that times are tough for everyone right now. Did we mention the continued pandemic? 

As the school year creeps into finals territory, let’s all be cognizant of the pressures we are all facing. Professors, remember your time as a college student — fitting being a full-time student into providing for yourself — and give some grace to students who are just trying their best. 

It’s not even just Loyola students. Workers, especially Aramark workers, are feeling the pressures of higher costs of living and wages lower than needed to live in the city. Practicing patience and kindness with the employees that help us students every day is the least we can do. 

With the world seeming like it’s falling apart, we need to make sure we don’t forget we’re not alone in this struggle. These issues are bigger than us, but the least we can do to get through it together is to remember to have empathy.

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