Tragedy is tragedy; to force funds is wrong

This is written in response to the “Everyone can Give a Little” article in Monday’s paper, written by Joseph Baskerville.

This article made little to no sense to me.

Unless I’m mistaken, the point of the article is, essentially, to berate the student body of NIU for NOT donating to the Hurricane Relief Fund, correct? What’s the point of that?

I, myself, had not even been made aware of the fact that an “NIU Hurricane Relief Fund” even existed, but after reading this article, I’m appalled by the mind-set taken by the author.

Are you saying that we, the cash-strapped, debt-ridden, “not-a-penny-in-our-pockets” students of Northern Illinois University should be made to feel bad about ourselves for not donating to a fund to give a little relief to people half the country away?

Why should we feel compelled to help?

It’s universally understood that residents of the southeast are aware of the fact that massive, devastating storms frequently occur in that area; the architecture, housing values, doctrine and otherwise of the area support this fact. Insurance exists for this reason. And yet, when a storm of this magnitude DOES occur, people act mind-blown. What, did you never expect it to happen?

Of course it’s a tragedy. It’s horrible that massive numbers of people lost their lives, their homes, their families, etc. But natural disasters of this magnitude happen relatively often in our great nation; how often do you see an “NIU Relief Fund” established for those disasters?

That’s what I thought.

Sure, it was a horrible event, and its effects will be long-lasting, and yeah, it’s a shame that the government took their sweet time in getting some help out there, but come on, you don’t need to give the students of NIU an aneurysm over not donating to some rinky-dink relief fund.

Joshua Marsh

Junior, Finance