CruCash, power found in swipe

Students living in the campus apartments got a nice surprise this semester. Each of them received a $100 allowance of CruCash preloaded onto their student ID cards.

In the past, the cards served as keys into the apartments and check-in for chapel. The allowance is a new addition.

Jessica Roush has worked as manager in the CruCard office for two years.

Roush said that apartment dwellers will continue to receive $100 in CruCash each fall and spring semester. Students can spend this money in a variety of ways.

“CruCash can be used at any location that accepts the CruCard,” Roush said. “A full list of locations is on the CruCard website.”

Students Shangila Pathak, left, and Bailey Burks use their CruCash to buy dinner at Hardy. Photo by Halley Harrell/The Bells.

Available for use both on and off campus, CruCash was introduced to UMHB last fall.

The list of vendors catering to the system is constantly growing.

“We are always reaching out to local merchants that we know students are interested in,” Roush said.

Residents in the apartments enjoyed obtaining the $100 and are eager to use it this semester.

Junior math education major Shangrila Pathak finds the allowance convenient.

“I bought one of my books with it,” Pathak said. “I also ate at Gatti’s with it.”

Junior exercise sport science major Bailey Burks is glad to see the university working with local businesses to make CruCash possible.

“I love having CruCash,” she said. “We can use it on campus at the bookstore and the SUB, as well as off campus at certain places. I’ve already used some of mine.”

Along with the $100, students can use their cards for discounts around town.

Junior psychology and sociology double major AnnMarie Millican recently enjoyed putting hers to use.

“I used it to buy a coffee,and I was happy. I also hear you can use your card on Tuesdays for special discounts at the movie theater,” she said. “I want to use it there, too.”

When it comes to keeping their CruCard working properly, students do not need to worry about their cell phones interfering.

“The magnetic stripe on the card is similar in strength to the one on your bank card,” Roush said. “The chances of your phone altering the state of your CruCard are slim.”

Students can manage their CruCash and other aspects of the ID card on the new myCruCard website.

“The myCruCard site is a new mobile-friendly site that allows students to manage everything on their cards,” Roush said. “It also allows students to see what locations accept CruCash and deposit funds directly onto their CruCard.”

If students lose a card, they should report it lost through the website to deactivate it.

For other questions and information, students can visit the CruCard office in Sanderford from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Author: Halley Harrell

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