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Grad students deserve tickets

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, September 7, 2006

Recent decisions by the undergraduate Student Union Board (SUB) have resulted in the exclusion of graduate students from the lottery distribution of football tickets for the away game at Michigan State. The ticket office, which sold the tickets directly to the SUB, was unaware that graduate students were being excluded. The rationale given by the SUB was that, “due to the limited number of tickets available to Michigan State, we are only able to allow Notre Dame undergraduates to participate.”

This statement places a lower value on graduate students: they are not as important as undergraduates and thus should not have equal opportunities. Every away game lottery in the past has been open to graduate students, regardless of the number of tickets available. Graduate, law and MBA students make up 27 percent of the student population of this University. We are very much a part of the fabric of the Notre Dame community.

We take classes just as the undergraduates do; we pay tuition just as the undergraduates do; and we deserve the same access to ticket lotteries that the undergraduates receive.

Paul Schramm

graduate student

Sept. 6