02 October, 2014
Students at Slippery Rock University are questioning the installation of credit card reader on campus vending machines, along with the added fees they will carry.
During a regular senate meeting last month, the Slippery Rock’s student government association tabled the motion of adding up to 40 credit card readers to beverage vending machines around campus.
In a report on The Rocket, Wendy Leitera, SGA advisor and business manager defended the card readers, explaining that vending costs have decreased drastically over the past year. Leitera estimates that in order for vending sales to reach a happy medium, a 5% fee would be added to every purchase of a beverage every time a student swipes their card.
“The card readers will help boost sales for vending, which also helps us fund many organizations on campus,” says Leitera. “With the card readers, the only difference is the little bump in prices.”
With the new readers, students will have to pay ten cents extra for each beverage.
Not everyone is so convinced, with the student government association’s vice president motioning to have the topic tabled for the time being.
This latest motion follows the initial installation of ten vending machines on the Slippery Rock campus in January. Those machines have already been fitted with credit card readers.
At the time, campus officials reported vending had fallen down dramatically in recent years, and fell over 22% this past year alone.
At Slippery Rock, vending machine funds go towards supplying stipends for various organizations on campus including the Student Government Association, University Program Board and university newspaper The Rocket.