Malone University students accept the challenge to spend locally
March 26, 2013 | Release # 6574
It is no secret that college students have an economic impact upon the surrounding community. But this past fall semester, Malone University first-year students made a concentrated effort to forego the chains and "spend locally" – patronizing as many locally owned businesses, restaurants, and coffee shops as they could. The freshmen tracked at least $5,000.
The project was an extension of Into the Streets, where first year students contribute volunteer hours to non-profit agencies and organizations. This time, first year students in the College Experience course, as well as their faculty and course assistants, pledged an amount of money they thought they could commit to spending that would support locally owned and operated businesses in Canton.
Many of the course assistants and faculty incorporated the locally owned and operated businesses into activities and events they planned for their classes as well. Some students turned in receipts; others identified where they went, and how much they spent. Participants drank coffee; ate; went to the movies; and bought groceries, art, sundry items, and clothing. Many individuals and classes exceeded the amounts they had pledged.
An estimated $5,000 was tracked locally throughout the semester as a result.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709