Prices at the pump prove costly to Redhawks

Kate Graham

Athena Tseng, Managing Editor

In the last year, prices have climbed approximately 50 percent with people paying nearly a dollar fifty more per gallon than at this time last year. For students that pay for their own gas, it’s affecting them.

“Because I have a long drive from my house and extracurricular activities, I have to get gas more often becoming a greater cost financially,” senior Julianne Chi said.

While almost all Redhawks students live close to campus, it’s a different story for teachers with driving to work becoming most costly.

“I do have to drive across town every day to come and work here it does affect me,” teacher Jeb Matulich said. “I filled up my tank yesterday and it was 77 dollars. I also have a son in college and we help out with his gas sometimes and that’s another expense. I do have a 15 year old daughter who is starting to drive and she wants to go driving every day so that goes up as well.”

As this is affecting everyone from students to staff, there are some reasons as to why this is occuring.

“We’ve been riding on a low consumption for a while and prices went down,” bookroom attendant Ken Budz said. “Now with everything going on, the oil companies are making their money back so this is the time now that they are going to raise the prices and then soon as inflation goes down gas prices will go down as well.”

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