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Clemson causes an uproar

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Clemson football is taking a more economic direction when it comes to students and watching their tigers. Starting in 2016 students that attend Clemson University now have to pay in order to get into home football games, at least to be in the designated student section.

“The way our plan is looking right now, lower deck tickets would carry a contribution to IPTAY. The upper deck tickets – the 3,300 tickets in the upper deck – would remain free so that if students were not able to pay those dollars can still come to games” Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said in a statement.

“You already pay… for football tickets in your tuition; that’s right, 1.6 million dollars worth of your tuition,” said Clemson student Julian Taylor in his petition that has over 8,000 supporters against the new ticket policy.

Many students look forward to going to big universities or colleges to cheer on their college’s football team. According to the general statements in the change.com petition, students are arguing that most college students can not afford to do extracurricular activities due to the cost of tuition for college. The tickets for Clemson games may not be in a reasonable range for students to afford, leaving the bottom of the student section empty.

“It’s very disappointing. One of the main reasons I chose to go there was the luxury of getting to sit close to the field for free” says senior Brandon Stack, who is planning to attend Clemson University this upcoming fall.

Stack went on to talk about how “the tuition is so high, so why charge poor students?”

Right now, students are going to have to pay to sit in the lower deck for the 2016 Football season. However, only time will tell if Taylor’s petition will open up a conversation.

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