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The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and Office of the Chaplaincy hosted the 10th Poverty Simulation on Wednesday with the goal to generate discussion among its participants about the day-to-day difficulties faced by less-fortunate people through accurately capturing a low- to zero-income lifestyle.
The ninth annual poverty simulation at University Richmond sought to teach students about the daily hardships faced by Richmond families living in poverty.
For the past eight years, the Center for Civic Engagement and Office of the Chaplaincy have been partnering to organize an hour-and-a-half poverty simulation for students to better understand what it's like to live in poverty. This year, some professors expressed concern that the simulation might not be sending the right message to University of Richmond's campus.
Before heading abroad this past spring, I had an extended winter break waiting for my semester to begin. And with all due respect to my parents, who are wonderful, loving and — dare I say — fun people, it was interminable. I was essentially left to my own devices, and try as I might, The New York Times and Nintendo Wii don't make a full day. As a result, I ended up paying attention to things I normally wouldn't have back here on campus. The thing that stuck with me the most was the horrifying realization of just how polarized our political climate has become.