Editor, Daily Nexus,

“I pay money to go to school here, so I can trash it if I want.” Unbelievable, but true. Those were the words that came out of the mouth of a male student that I had requested to stop skateboarding on the planter in front of the Psychology building. The skateboarders doing their tricks ruin many parts of campus. Everywhere you look you see scarred planters, benches, stairs and rails that have been chipped, cracked and damaged by skateboarders. Why? Why wouldn’t everyone, including this student, want to take care of our campus, one of the most beautiful campuses in the world? Why does he feel it’s his right to ruin it for others just because he pays to go to school here?

I work on campus, and I pay taxes too. So this campus belongs to me as well as every other taxpayer in the community. We should want to take care of it and keep it the lovely place it is.

What has happened that so many people have no respect for our surroundings? Why would you want to ruin something just because you can? I’m saddened and dismayed by this interaction, not just because it was unpleasant, but for what it foreshadows.

Please respect the campus and other places too. There are many generations ahead who will want to come here and enjoy the beauty — if there is any left.