COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. — In additions to fines for illegal parking, returning books late and falsely setting off fire alarms, Walla Walla University students will be treated to a fine for a brand new offense this year: attending vespers without a date.
“Walla Walla students will be required to check in at least 10 minutes before the start of our vespers programs with a date in tow,” said Student Life representative Wendy Barstow. “No exceptions will be made.”
Barstow added that this year vespers attendance will be mandatory. “So there’s no getting out of a Friday night date simply by being a no-show at vespers.”
Walla Walla President Dr. John McVay hailed the new requirement as “an opportunity for spiritual and romantic growth” for students.
The accounts of student offenders will be charged $10 per date-less vespers program providing a generous boost to fine-related university revenue. Financial Services representative Chet Davis said the new fine was a “game changer” that would significantly strengthen university finances. “We can’t be expected to operate while only charging students $35,000 a year.”