The Oscars are Important, but Not That Important

By Dan Mansfield

I like tuning in to the Academy Awards. I think it is a great honor, and many critics consider it the highest honor a film can receive for a given category. Fair enough. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is made up of 6,000 professional filmmakers from all aspects of production, most of whom have prolific careers in the filmmaking business, producing some of the best films ever made. It’s nice to see who they think deserves to win.

It is the oldest media awards ceremony, first held in 1929 to celebrate the 1927/1928 film season. This year marks the 90th Academy Award ceremony. It is broadcast live in over 200 countries. You will seldom find another award ceremony that celebrates movies as much as the Oscars. and give those movies their recognition.  

This isn’t to say they are without problems, though. The biggest issue with the Academy is American exceptionalism. Foreign films never compete in any category besides “Best Foreign Language Film,” which wasn’t even made a full category until 1956 with “La Strada,” a fantastic Italian film directed by the wonderful Federico Fellini, winning. English language films are the only ones getting nominated for Best Picture, Best Original/Adapted Screenplay, Best etc. (with few exceptions).

And when it’s not an American film, it’s from the UK or sometimes Australia, which usually have Americans either financing or co-producing it in some fashion. There is, quite literally, a whole world of cinema people aren’t seeing because foreign films aren’t getting recognition from the Academy. They are treated as lesser, and each country can only submit one film to be considered for nomination. If you want a real good look at recognized films, check out some international film festival winners.

The second issue is with animation. Pixar and Disney get the nominations every time (the Academy’s favoritism toward Pixar is another issue even within this issue, but that one should be more obvious to the point I don’t need to talk about it at length). And these animated films are, as you can expect, American films. The only animated film from Japan, for example, to win the Best Animation Oscar was Spirited Away back in 2002. No anime has won before or since.

“Your Name,” a critically lauded animated film from the acclaimed anime auteur Makoto Shinkai, which broke the international box office record for an anime (even beating Spirited Away), didn’t receive a nomination, despite appearing on many critics’ best films lists for 2017. The film has a 97 percent “certified fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 8.2 out of 10. However, “The Boss Baby” did get a nomination, despite having a score of 52 percent with an average score of 5.5 out of 10. Even despite Boss Baby getting more reviews, a greater number of critics gave a positive review for “Your Name” than they did for “The Boss Baby,” which should be telling enough.

Coco eventually took home the gold for the 90th Academy Awards, as expected of the Pixar entry, but I’ve made my point. You also hardly see animated films win outside their category. An animated film has never won Best Picture.

The third issue is more industry-wide, but seems to have been fixing itself over the last few years, and it’s the lack of diversity. The vast majority of nominees and winners have been white men. But this year the first woman was being nominated for Best Cinematography. The first openly transgender person, Yance Ford, was nominated for his documentary “Strong Island.” The fifth woman was nominated for Best Director. Jordan Peele became the first black man to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

More black actors, writers and directors are being nominated and winning, and “Moonlight,” a superb film, winning Best Picture last year is a testament to how far black films and LGBT films have come within the Academy, which has really opened up to more minority recognition since the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag.

So tune into the Academy Awards. Enjoy them. I do. These are not bad films being nominated by any measure. The vast majority of them are quite good. Just don’t take their word as the end-all-be-all of what is the best in film. Explore. Look at what is winning around the world. You may be surprised at what you find.


Black Panther Saves Wakanda and the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Spectacular Flare

By Dan Mansfield

In summary, Black Panther is fantastic, one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date. However, as a standalone film, it still works as a great piece of popcorn entertainment.

After a quick summary of how Black Panther’s powers work (and how Wakanda sustains itself with vibranium, a new mineral which crashed into the country on a meteor), the new king of Wakanda, T’Challa, returns home to replace his now dead father as ruler. From this moment, Black Panther already excels. The production design and visuals are astounding. Another reviewer had remarked that Wakanda is Blade Runner if it had taken place in Africa instead of LA. While the stories share no similarity, the breathtaking setup of the small country is no less appealing to the eyes with its city buildings and skyscrapers reaching into the African sunrises and sunsets, waterfalls cascading over rocks to create pools of clear water that coat the land, as well as its underground vibranium mines with its cool blue crystals, which allow the futuristic trains to pass though at high speed.

We then head to South Korea for a detour as T’Challa tried to pursue Klaue, who is working with Erik Killmonger, another native Wakandan, to smuggle vibranium out of the country. The action really pops here, as T’Challa chases Klaue who is running, escaping by car (including a number of cool shots of T’Challa running across the side of a building, and riding a car to get to the villain). Killmonger then returns to Wakanda to usurp the throne from T’Challa.

T’Challa rides atop a car in the South Korean half of the film.

And it is after this point that Killmonger is fully established as a villain in his own light, complete with an inventive shot of him walking into the throne room where the camera rotates to reflect the new absurdity of the story’s developments. Some critics have panned Killmonger’s character of simply being an evil version of the Black Panther, a notion I reject. The film’s dialogue up to this point makes him his own character with his own motivations, separate from T’Challa. Killmonger wishes to use vibranium to empower Wakanda and others across the world so it can rule the world with its own powerful empire in the vein of the British, while the current king wishes to instead share the mineral with the world peacefully to help others.

The characters are all brought to life thanks to the stellar performances of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Letitia Wright as T’Challa, Killmonger, and Shuri, respectively, all of whom capture the emotion beautifully. They laugh, cry, and ponder perfectly on cue as if it were really happening.

All of this is assisted by the film’s curated soundtrack, which was put together by Kendrick Lamar. The beats he chose, and the rhythm he created gave a flow to the film unique to Panther. If the anime Cowboy Bebop is space jazz thanks to its soundtrack, then Panther is superhero hip-hop.

After a final climactic battle, which is a spectacle all on its own, the film winds down, T’Challa and Killmonger finally settle their score. It all comes together gracefully as Ryan Coogler, the film’s (astonishingly young) 31 year old director, gives the audience what it deserves, as well as two post credit scenes to help the film tie into the MCU again for the next films. Black Panther will return in Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War.

Until then, the film is definitely worth seeing more than once, with new things to appreciate in each viewing.

Grade: A+

Student Thoughts on Eagle Day and Kesha

By Jordan Soldaczewski

As my first Eagle Day I thought it was a good idea to get everyone together and enjoy the weather in the spring. The food was really good especially the Dippin’ Dots, you can’t go wrong with them. -Casandra Battisti

I love Kesha and I think she put out a good message. It took a little long for her to come out and I wouldn’t recommend the opening band… it was very different. But overall my inner 14-year-old self was screaming. Micalah Hutchings

Eagle Day was an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life. They say that after you die there’s 8 seconds where you see the most potent and important memories from your life and I’m confident to say that each of those 8 seconds will be me eating mac and cheese at Eagle Day. My one complaint is that the t-shirts say Brockport Student Government on them. I know that BSG funded the shirts but that doesn’t give them the right to write their name on them… it’s ridiculous. -Benji Hoy

I’m not a Kesha fan so I can’t really say but she showed up so that’s at least better than last year. -Breonnah Colon

It was my first time trying fried dough and it was a very good experience, I’m looking for places around here that have it. -Siomara Germain

I thought Kesha was really good I especially liked the confetti she had burst out. -Charlotte Luft

Eagle Day was anticlimactic in the parking lot, it didn’t have a fair or a festive kind of feel. -Nicolas Newcomb

Eagle Day was a really enjoyable time, as a senior I thought it was really good, not too hot or too cold. They had a diverse amount of activities and food. I’ve always enjoyed Eagle Day but the weather made this one really good. I think the location was better this year too. -Justin Sullivan

Eagle Day, I got Macarollin’ and I also got food poisoning. -Alyssa Gray

I think Kesha was a good choice, I was a little skeptical at first seeing that she hasn’t been able to do anything in a long time but I was surprised how well she performed. Her band did incredible,  I have a crush on the guitarist with the mustache and the cowboy hat. The opener was really good too. I thought eagle day was fun and the new location was a convenient for both on and off-campus people. The food and activities were really good too! -Brian Elliott

This year I attended Eagle Day presented by BSG, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I think they did a really good job with all the activities and different things that were there. I bet it will be just as great or even greater next year! -Micaela Coltellaro

I think Eagle Day was a lot of fun, it was very well organized, they had a lot of great food trucks and lots to do and the location was a lot better than last year so hats off to BSG! -Kayla Green

I thought Eagle Day was spectacular I thought the new location was a lot more inclusive and easily accessible. -Abigail Fridmann

I think Kesha was a good choice, she was really entertaining. I had a lot of fun because it doesn’t really matter who they choose it’s always going to be a good time. Eagle Day was good but it gets old after awhile like there’s only so much you can do. I was skeptical of the new location but I think it was better to be in a bigger space and it was a good choice. -Julie Miller

I didn’t like the time of eagle day because a lot of people including myself couldn’t attend. I think it should be longer so that lines aren’t as long and people can go when they want to. I think that Kesha was a lot of fun and she had good messages to share with the students. -Harriet Thomas

Both Eagle Day and Kesha were really fun but I thought the venue of Eagle Day was weird to have it in a car park but it worked well and I liked that everything was free. I didn’t like that the opener was so long and you could barely hear her speaking, it wasn’t the type of music to get you pumped for Kesha. I ended up leaving early because I was standing for so long and I got bored. -Katie Watts

It was fun and well prepared and the food was nice. It was a bit long to wait for Kesha and after all the waiting and there wasn’t even a way to leave and re-enter the building. She was really nice and gave a lot of energy. -Ylies Chahi

I thought Eagle Day was really fun I really enjoyed every aspect of it but I preferred it in Lot X because there was more activities and games. It was a cool transition and cool to see the new location but there wasn’t as much space for lawn games. I loved the blow-up obstacles and the food of course and I would definitely go again. It being in Lot T didn’t spoil my experience. -Jordan West

Eagle Day was okay, I liked it better than being in X lot because that ones so far away. I liked that the Dippin’ Dots line went really fast and they had a lot of shirts so I’m glad I got one and in my size. -Devon Greig

Eagle Day was actually pretty cool, they had a lot I could eat. There wasn’t anyone being overly loud or obnoxious and I thought it was really cool how a bunch of people were performing. -Catherine Palm

Kesha was so-so, she was kind of unprofessional. I didn’t stay for the whole thing because I got bored. -April Vimmerstedt

10 Uses for your Stylus Newspaper


By: Ben Hoy

*Editor’s note: This article is meant for comedic purposes only and does not reflect the official views of the Brockport Beat.*

Ever since the 1990’s brought us the wonders of the Internet, print newspapers are being slowly replaced by online news sites.  This is because online news is more current, accessible, relevant, and more frequently updated than print newspapers.

Though the death of print newspapers is upon us, some still linger today.  An example of this can be found right here on the Brockport campus.  The Stylus has been the college’s student newspaper since 1914.  It’s printed every Wednesday.  The reason The Stylus has been able to survive so long is because it never had an online news website to replace it.  However, that is not the case anymore.  The Brockport Beat, Brockport’s new student news source, is far superior to the Stylus in every way.

Since the online availability of the Brockport Beat has made print newspapers irrelevant, here is a list of 10 uses for your Stylus newspaper.

1.Wiping Your Face

If you accidentally get some sauce on your face, the Stylus is just what you need.  You can find Stylus newspapers on every table in the Union or any academic building.  Just grab one and wipe the sauce off.  You don’t have to worry about getting germs on your face either- the only people that ever actually touch the Stylus are the people that put them on the tables.

2. Fuel for Burning

With Brockport’s unpredictable weather, you never know when the next snowstorm will hit.  The Stylus is a great resource for burning to keep warm.  It can be used as tinder to start a wood fire, or you could just make a huge pile of Stylus newspapers and burn them all at the same time.  If you choose to do this, the smoke from the ink will create a signal that could be seen for miles.  If you’re ever lost in the woods, be sure to bring a few issues of The Stylus with you.

3. Making Paper Hats

Paper hats are a lost art form, but they are sure to make their way back into Brockport’s fashion once the Stylus becomes extinct.  Paper hats are not only stylish, they give you confidence.  Whether it’s asking someone out, nailing a job interview, or writing a controversial clapback article, there’s nothing you can’t do while wearing a paper hat.  They also keep the sun out of your eyes.  Click here for directions on how to fold a paper hat.

4. Training Your Pets

When it comes to training animals, the Stylus can be a very versatile tool.  If your pet is misbehaving, you can roll up the newspaper and give them a little love tap.  You can shred it up to make a nice bed for your hamster.  Maybe you have a snake that likes eating paper.  Let him have at it.  You could also lay a few issues on the floor and train your dog to pee on them.  This would almost be like training your dog to go in a toilet!

5. Wrapping Gifts

Let’s address the elephant in the room: wrapping paper is super expensive these days.  Between Christmas, birthdays, and Arbor Day, there’s a lot of wrapping paper to buy each year.  Luckily, the Stylus can be a great wrapping substitute.  Just grab an issue from a nearby garbage can, get some scotch tape, wrap your gift, and you’re done.  Using the Stylus as wrapping paper means you can also deliver a custom giftwrap experience- if they like sports, make sure the Sports section is facing outward.  If they like opinions, wrap your gift so the Opinion section shows.  If they like good comic strips… sorry, you’re out of luck.

6. Keeping Yourself Cool

The semester is winding to an end, and it’s getting hotter and hotter.  As you probably know from experience, the buildings at Brockport heat up quite a bit once May hits.  With those hot summer rays beating down on you, it’s nice to have a fan.  Luckily, the Stylus can get the job done.  Just grab an issue, fold it to your preferred area, and fan yourself gently to beat the heat.  But the Stylus doesn’t only work as a fan.  If you get sweaty, you can wipe up the sweat using the comics section.  If you’re reading the Brockport Beat on your phone and there’s a glare on your screen, hold an issue of the Stylus over it for shade.  You can also hold it over your head while walking between classes as a makeshift sun umbrella.  

7. Practicing Basketball

Michael Jordan didn’t start off as the greatest basketball player in NBA history.  Like all other basketball players, he started off by throwing crumpled up newspaper balls into a garbage can.  You can be the same way.  Just grab an issue of the Stylus, crumple it up into a ball, and take a shot toward the nearest garbage can.  Not only will you be delivering the Stylus to its rightful place, you’ll be honing your skills.  With a little practice each day, you will eventually morph into Michael Jordan.  You’ll never need to buy an actual basketball.

8. Killing Trees

Let’s face it- trees are a nuisance to society.  They fall on people, they get leaves everywhere in the fall, and they’re always getting in the way of housing development and bulldozers.  Not to mention the way they sway in the breeze like they’re better than you.  The world would be a whole lot better without trees.  Luckily, the Stylus, like all other newspapers, is the product of rapid deforestation all across the globe.  Each year, millions of trees are cut down to make the paper the Stylus is printed on.  So the next time you see a tree swaying snidely in the breeze, you can take comfort in knowing the Stylus is doing its part to take those jerks down one at a time.  It’s not like we need them to keep breathing or anything.

9. Avoiding Awkward Hellos

Have you ever run into someone you only kind of know, and you’re not sure whether to say hi to them or not?  These awkward interactions can be easily solved using a copy of the Stylus.  The next time you’re faced with an awkward hello, just grab the nearest copy and hold it in front of your face.  Then walk by them mumbling stuff like “Hm, yes, news, Stylus, reading.”  Take note that when you do this, it’s very unlikely anyone will believe you’re actually reading the Stylus (what would be the point of that?).  However, even if they don’t believe you, seeing you holding a copy will make them think you’re a huge loser, and they’ll steer clear of you from then on.  Problem solved!

10. Not Reading It

Whatever you choose to do with the Stylus, keep in mind that actually reading it is likely a waste of time since the Brockport Beat exists.  The only exceptions to this rule are if you are doing an ancient history report and you need to study a relic of the past, or if you want to practice spotting grammatical and spelling errors.  The Stylus will be a goldmine for either of these options.


These 10 things make up most of the uses for the Stylus now that the Brockport Beat is here.  Of course, this article is all in good fun, and is a friendly response to the comic published by the Stylus earlier in the semester. 

Farewell Romo?



BY: Amir Rogers

As the 2016-2017 season concluded another one begins. In just 153 days the NFL season kicks off its 2017-2018 campaign. Although the season doesn’t begin for awhile, there is no doubt that all 32 teams are making adjustments to their 53-man roster. One of those 32 teams this off-season was the Dallas Cowboys, who recently parted ways from their ex-franchise quarterback Tony Romo. After a few days of testing the free-agent market, Romo announced his “retirement” from the field of play. Many feel that he never would get another chance at a starting position anyway after sustaining another injury that sat him for 10 weeks of the season. Others believed that he had a chance to play in the spotlight once again. One thing that isn’t debatable is that his effort will never be forgotten.  Here are the pros and cons of Romo’s farewell.



The 14 -year veteran will now take his talents to CBS where he will serve as the color commentator alongside Jim Nantz during NFL games. With him retiring it allows the Dallas Cowboys to fully rely on second year quarterback Dak Prescott who had a superb rookie season last year after Romo being placed on injury reserve. But, his talents won’t be forgotten. Despite him being unable to take the starting role back, in just 14 seasons the San Diego native finished with 34,183 passing yards, 248 touchdowns, and a 97.1 percent passer rating. With these stats he will go down in history as one of the best Cowboys quarterbacks that ever played the game. Some of his records include passing touchdowns, passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards, and most games with three or more touchdown passes. One of his most impressive career achievements is that he also held a higher passer rating in the fourth quarter than any other NFL quarterback from 2006 to 2013, according to


People may feel that Tony Romo parting ways from playing football was a bad idea. One reason is because with him retiring his legacy as a player may not have been solidified.  Although in 14 seasons he was a 4 time pro bowler, his legacy was never solidified due to lack of postseason success. For one Romo has suffered from 7 injuries in his career.  In six playoff appearances he was only able to win two games against the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions.  He never made it beyond the divisional round.

Is retirement the right decision for Romo?

Some may question whether or not being released was a breaking point for Romo.  After being a topic of discussion about potentially being traded on multiple sports platforms, it finally became reality. Since the Dallas Cowboys advanced to the playoffs with a rookie quarterback under center in Dak Prescott, people already suggested that the Cowboys part ways with him.  Nonetheless, with both the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans passing him up it seemed like retirement was the only option. Considering Romo is 36 years old, I feel that his health, friends and family should now be his main focus.


OPINION: Making America Great Again?

Will President Trump make American great again, or will he fail miserably?

By: Ryan Smith

It’s been just over 100 days since President Trump took office and it’s been anything but smooth sailing. From his non-stop outbursts on social media along with other ridiculous actions, President Trump has been under mass scrutiny.

Passing legislation has been one of the many struggles. Bills are being signed left and right with nothing but major backlash. One of the most notorious attempts to “make America great again,” the travel ban, was immediately met with backlash and for good reason.

The original bill signed on Jan. 27 banned citizens from seven specific countries from entering the United States for 90 days. This also included an indefinite ban on refugees trying to enter the United States from Syria. The original seven countries included Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.  To no surprise, the seven countries are predominantly Muslim, further solidifying Trump’s ignorant ideals.

As soon as the bill was signed it was met with mass protest around the country. Due to the backlash on Feb. 2 the Trump administration eased travel ban restrictions for green card holders. The Supreme Court eventually blocked the bill requiring Trump to draft up a new version.  On March 6 the new version removed restrictions of entering the U.S. on Iraq, as well as exempted legal U.S. permanent residents and valid visa holders.

The bill is still in limbo, but unfortunately not everyone is on the same side.  Thirteen republican-led states have joined together in support of Trump’s ban. The attorney generals of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia joined with the governor of Mississippi to file an advisory brief supporting the ban.

How does this affect us though? Surely the average American citizen has nothing to worry about, right?

Wrong, very wrong. Just take a quick glance around you. On an average day, you are probably fully immersed in a diverse environment. It could be the classroom you sit it, or the place you work at, but there is diversity all around and for good reason.

Colleges such as RIT have had issues getting students and professors back to their campus. A close co-worker of mine was stuck in his home country of Iran, even though he had the proper paperwork. This country was built by immigrants, and for our President to call our country great, but react differently for our core values is a shame.

With this ban we are potentially losing great philosophers, inventors, engineers, artists, scholars, and much more with the restrictions that come attached with it. Not to the mention the potential lives being lost, both young and old, because we are refusing to offer a place of refuge to people in need.

I understand that President Trump, in his eyes, is trying to make America “great” and “safe” again, but how can we call ourselves great when we are refusing people because of mis-informed view on religion? How can we call ourselves great when we are shattering dreams of a hopeful and determined student? How can we call ourselves great when lives are being lost because of our ignorance?

How can we call ourselves great?

OPINION: Trump’s transgender bathroom initiative

635970472602303679-1476304998_transBy: Alyssa Gray

Annulling the initiative of former President Barack Obama, current President Donald Trump and his administration have repealed support to public schools that allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.

This decision does not immediately change situations for public schools; a federal judge has already placed a brief hold on the support as claims in many states move up the court system.

It does, however, imply that Trump and his administration will most likely use a stronger tactic on the matter of transgender rights.

Since being sworn in Trump has made a number of changes to this country – significant changes being more in favor of conservatives.

Having a man in office with such small concern for the duties of the office is only increasing tensions between republicans and democrats throughout the nation.

Trump has shown neither formality nor sincerity to the people of the United States. He has seemed to display topics and issues that only he cares for, showing no interest in the nation’s concerns or needs instead.

He has shown bigotry above all else.

Has Trump crossed the line when it comes to “competition”?

Throughout his campaign with Hillary Clinton, and carrying over his intolerance for previous President Obama, it has always been about winning for Trump.

His revoking of the Obama administration’s guidelines on transgender bathrooms was a “quick and dirty” decision. Within only a month of being president this rapid change was clearly not looked through enough.

Was this decision made because Trump simply makes choices based on his personal beliefs for his overall benefit, or was it made because he simply doesn’t like Obama and the choices he made?

Probably a little of both.

There are many more important issues to address in this nation. Yet, apparently the main priority in the White House has been revoking transgender bathrooms in public schools – and trying to repeal Obamacare.

This is only the beginning. It’s been a little over two months since his inauguration but it’s felt like 20 years.

OPINION: Trumpcare pulled, what’s next?

President Trump tries to repeal and replace Obamacare. Photo: Aged Lead Store

By: Casandra Battisti

President Donald Trump stressed during his campaign that in his first weeks in office that his administration would repeal and replace the Affordable Care act known as “Obamacare” and he tried doing so with the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s replacement for Obamacare on March 6.

Democrats and Republicans alike all had concerns once the bill was brought before Congress. AHCA, nicknamed “Trumpcare”, was going to continue to allow people to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26 and was going to keep insurers from denying anyone due to pre-existing health conditions.

Trumpcare, however, was going to halt the funds of Medicaid and cut Planned Parenthood completely.

It’s no surprise President Trump wants to cut funding to Planned Parenthood due to his view on abortion, but Planned Parenthood also provides millions of Americans with other services. House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN that tax payer money shouldn’t be providing women the means to abortion, which is understandable considering many Americans don’t agree with it. But Planned Parenthood provides breast exams, contraception and STD screening among other things. Cutting funding completely would do a lot more than lawmakers against abortion would care to admit.

AHCA never even made it off the ground; the bill was pulled Friday. Without full support from the party Republican leaders did the right thing by waiting.

Why put forward a bill that had no chance of surviving in your own party?

The bill getting pulled doesn’t mean Obamacare is perfect and doesn’t have it’s issues. Since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, premiums have increased and employers have cut employee’s hours to avoid having to provide health insurance. Obamacare also required heavy taxes on the wealthy in order to keep money flowing into Obamacare. The wealthy are helping to pay for not only a health care for the poor but health care they aren’t using.

Both plans have certain aspects that will benefit Americans and the economy, but both plans need improvement. Replacing one broken health care system with another isn’t going to solve anything.

We all have a natural born right to be provided with health care, however, it will take time, cooperation from both parties and an open-mindedness to achieve such a goal.

San Francisco takes stride towards free tuition

By Siomara Germain – COPY EDITOR

College; a place many of people have had both the best time of their lives and the worst. The research papers, group assignments, exams, social life, meltdowns, connections and the financial need are some of the things that makes college the best and worse experience one could ever have.  However, some people never had the opportunity to experience it or some people started to get the experience, but had it cut short.

One big problem: money.

College tuition is increasing each year and the number of students attending college is decreasing each year. San Francisco becomes the first city in the United States to offer free community college tuition.

College is expensive. Currently, many individuals are not attending college because they are not privileged with the type of money one needs to have to be able to afford college.

Are you among those many people? Well, don’t worry because things are changing.

Recently, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to take the initiative to offer free tuition to San Francisco residents. This is a step in the right direction as tuition is continuously increasing each year.

Some students at The College at Brockport believe more cities should take the same initiative to provide individuals the opportunity to learn and work towards achieving their goals.

Brockport senior Emily Fleming thinks the expectations set by San Francisco’s free tuition initiative for students is a little flawed.

“Sure that’s good to provide free tuition to individuals, but California is also a state that faces bankruptcy,” Fleming said. “This means that people in California’s taxes would shoot to like 15 percent like in Europe, which is breaking their back.”

San Francisco’s plan would require the city to raise taxes on some people. Don’t worry, the city won’t be increasing taxes on the lower class; people who are already struggling as it is.

According to the NBC article, “San Francisco Announces Deal for Tuition-Free Community College” by Lucas Vazquez, San Francisco plans to raise taxes by .25 percent on individuals whose real estate properties are sold at $5 million or more.

If you are a part of the one percent and you are reading this, sorry, some changes are coming your way soon. But will you really notice the .25 percent difference in yours and your parents’ taxes?

“Oh yeah, tax them away. We should definitely be pulling from the one percent,” Fleming said. “It sounds great. I would love free tuition.”

Brockport junior Brianna Milon believes this is a great opportunity to open doors for underprivileged individuals.

“We need to start investing in our future and those who will be leading it,” Milon said.

This is wonderful news for people who could not previously afford college. This is their opportunity to reach for their goals. For some people in San Francisco, financial need will no longer be an obstacle limiting their ability to obtain higher education.

With this plan, the city is expected to see an increase in community college enrollment in both the upcoming months and year.

“I think it is a great step for any state to take and I would like to see New York follow suit,” Milon said. “It would make me feel more confident about my younger siblings’ ability to go to school.”

For those of you who don’t live in San Francisco and are thinking about moving to the city to receive free college tuition don’t go applying for City College of San Francisco just yet.

Why not? Well, you are going to have to wait a year. In order for someone to receive free college tuition in the city of San Francisco, they need to be a resident in that city for at least a year.

That is fair. So pack your bags and move over there because you will qualify February 2018.

There has been a lot of talk about New York City possibly providing college students the opportunity to obtain a college education for free, but nothing is set in stone yet. However, keep your fingers crossed because they might not let San Francisco be the only city in the U.S. to provide free tuition to state residents.

Now, let’s hope other cities around the Unites States follow these cities footsteps because a college education is a must for everyone who wants to have a career, not a job.