DeKALB― Students and professors have mixed reactions to rising gas prices. Rising gas prices have increased the need for public transit and have particularly affected student commuters.
The last week of February, gasoline prices were already at a national average of $3.60 per gallon and prices continue to rise, according to Data from the United States Department of Energy Statistics.
According to data from GasBuddy. The DeKalb average is above the state average of $4.49, according to AAA.
The spike in gas prices is largely due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, coupled with an embargo on Russian oil imports, according to Collin Eaton, a journalist who regularly covers oil, gas and energy for the the wall street journal. Reduced global oil supplies have increased costs for customers.
See the effects of high gas prices in the classroom
“It’s a lot more expensive to buy a gallon of gasoline than it was a month or two ago,” said Carl Campbell, professor and chair of the NIU’s economics department.
However, Campbell said the price of gas didn’t affect him as directly as it could have, since he was walking to work, but he was starting to see the effects in the bathroom. class.
In Campbell’s classrooms, fewer students are late since gas prices have gone up. Campbell said that could be because fewer students are driving, so more parking spaces are available.
“Once the war is over, I think the prices will come down,” Campbell said.
Student reactions to high gas prices
To avoid paying high prices, Ali Westendorf and Caitlyn Kern, third- and fourth-year theater design and technology students, have become more inclined to carpool or use public transportation.
“A lot of people are carpooling, using buses more often and walking since it’s warmer,” Kern said. “I mainly use public transport, but sometimes get driven by friends and family, so it puts a strain on them.”
Westendorf has also committed to carpooling for the time being.
“I only commute from the edge of campus, but I don’t normally drive my own car,” Westendorf said.
Yet the cost to those who must drive is still high.
“My car needs premium gas, so I’m complaining (about gas prices),” Westendorf said.
According to GasBuddy projections.
Kern said she’s glad she doesn’t own a car due to current fueling expenses, but will offer gas to friends and family when they need it.
Students with even longer commutes also expressed concerns about gas prices.
“I commute from Carpentersville, (which is) about an hour away,” said fourth-year mechanical engineering student George Lopez. “It costs me $55 per tank versus $35 per tank. I usually refuel twice a week since I come to campus Monday through Thursday. »
With a $20 increase in his fuel expenses, Lopez said he doesn’t have the money to spend on other things like he normally would.
“There are many factors that need to be taken into account to lower gasoline prices, and I don’t have the authority to tell a difference,” Lopez said. “I feel helpless and just conformed to the new normal.”