Necessity vs. Luxury

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According to a piece in the Huffington Post, Texas A & M University has decided to take a drastic, and disgusting, step in budget cutting:

It’s no surprise that universities have been eliminating extras in order to tighten budgets, but getting rid of toilet paper might really stink. Texas A&M University, which is trying to cut $60 million campuswide, hopes to save $82,000 by ceasing to stock the bathroom essential in dormitories.

Everyone’s looking to cut costs now but A & M is a public university. Surely there are other ways the school can save money before taking drastic steps contrary to basic human hygiene.

Students will survive, no doubt. They’ll simply buy their own toilet paper. But this is surely going to result in more than a few really unpleasant incidents, especially in freshman dorms.

Incidentally, the president of Texas A & M, R. Bowen Loftin, earns $425,000 a year. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer