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Junior Kelsey Flynn is selling tickets to this weekend’s performances of Godspell in the lobby of the Pryzbyla student center. The musical is put on by student organization Center Stage.

“It’s a bunch of stories of the life of Jesus taking place on a playground,” said Flynn.

Sitting at the table with her is Michael Pratt, who is snacking on goldfish crackers. Soon, Rev. Robert Schlageter (better known on campus as Father Bob) stops by, and Pratt tries to throw goldfish into Schlageter’s mouth, but misses.

Across the lobby, the Latin Alliance is selling assorted baked goods.

Student organizations are hard up for money right now – the Student Fee Board is practically out of money for the semester (just over $2K left in their account, according to one Student Association member) and student leaders are scrambling to figure out how to pay for their events.

On a school-wide level, CUA’s endowment has dropped significantly and the University has a temporary freeze on hiring in addition to budget cuts.

“Everyone is broke,” said Flynn, a resident minister in The House (run by CUA’s campus ministry) and a nursing major. It’s obviously not just student organizations – during her clinical hours at the hospital, she’s seen a number of mental patients and said about half have cited financial troubles as a contributing factor to their troubles.

Flynn’s younger brother Keegan, also a CUA student, was apparently one of those held up at gunpoint in the 7-Eleven parking lot near campus over the weekend. Flynn said her brother had gone to the convenience store to get donuts.

“He only had $3 on him, so that’s all the gunman got, but he offered him the donuts too I think,” said Flynn. “He’s pretty shaken up about it.”

Godspell should fit into the college student’s budget – tickets are just $5.