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Letter from the Editor: Nov. 8, 2016

To The Manhattan College Community,

This special edition of The Quadrangle is dedicated to the issue of money on our campus. Our staff has been working extremely hard to provide twelve pages of thought-provoking content that we hope will spark discussion and reflection.

The national rise in the cost of higher education has placed a financial burden on students and families. Manhattan College cost of attendance alone has increased about $11,000 in only four years, from 2012 to 2016. According to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success, the class of 2015 is the most indebted ever, with the average graduate owing $30,100 in student loans.

In this issue we analyze how Manhattan College’s tuition has increased over the last decade. We also compare Manhattan to other private colleges in New York City, to the schools in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and to other Lasallian institutions in the U.S.

We also tackled the problem of hunger among college students, as Hunger For America estimated in 2014 that more than two million of its clients happened to be full-time college students. With the demanding price of a college education, how much is there left to spend on food or clothing?

Our center spread examines wage gaps between male and female faculty members at our college and across America. Not only are there still inequalities when it comes to equal pay between men and women, but there are also inequalities between females who have children and those who do not. The “motherhood penalty” is a setback in the workforce, and in the past two decades there has been no legislation passed to accomodate working women who have children.

Our sports section examines the total expenses of our varsity programs as well as looking at how the men’s basketball appearances in the NCAA tournament affects revenues and expenses within the athletic department.

Our objective in creating this special issue is to highlight and examine the topic of money in higher education and specifically on our campus. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Sincerely,

Ally Hutzler

Editor-in-Chief

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