Wells Fargo kiosk coming soon to WUC

Jennifer Sans/ Contributing Writer

Students and staff will soon be able to do all of their Wells Fargo banking at the Biscayne Bay Campus.

Students and the Office of Business Services approached Eric Arneson, assistant vice president of student affairs, about having a Wells Fargo at the BBC in order to enjoy the same luxury that the students at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus have.

Currently, Arneson and the Office of Business Services are working with Wells Fargo to set up a kiosk in the Wolfe University Center sometime during the spring 2013 semester.

Since FIU is known as being a commuter school, students take most of their classes at the campus closest to them. Most students who live near BBC take most of their classes, if not all their classes, at BBC.

The closest Wells Fargo location to BBC is on 147 Street in the Biscayne Commons shopping plaza.

Every student who has an FIU One Card has a Wells Fargo account attached to it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that students are using the account.

Malynda Point du Jour, a junior majoring in nursing said, “I don’t even use the Wells Fargo account attached to the One Card so I don’t think it’s necessary. There’s a Wells Fargo close by so I think a Wells Fargo branch at BBC is pointless.”

Celia Suman, a freshman hospitality management major disagrees. “I think it is necessary. I know students at the South Campus use the Wells Fargo building frequently, and I think it would be a great convenience to have one at BBC.”

It has not been set where exactly the kiosk will be located, but there is talk about putting it near the FIU One Card Office in WUC, according to Arneson.

Some students have expressed a concern about privacy having the Wells Fargo kiosk in the WUC and feel nervous about doing their banking while other people are passing through.

It’s no secret that bank information is fragile and needs to be kept confidential to avoid nightmares like identity theft.

Other students disagree and think that banking in the WUC wouldn’t be a problem.

“I don’t think I would be too concerned with doing my banking in the WUC. There are times of the day I could go where there wouldn’t be too many people passing by since BBC is the smaller, more relaxed campus. BBC doesn’t have the hustle and bustle that MMC has,” said Celine Wassaf, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering.

Arneson said that if there is a problem with privacy, the kiosk can be moved.

Many students at BBC think that a Wells Fargo isn’t that necessary on campus.

Rebecca Merek, a freshman majoring in hospitality management and living in Bay Vista Housing, thinks a Wells Fargo would be beneficial to the students at BBC but said, “I would rather have more food options.”

Davon Johnson, a senior majoring in journalism also brought up the question of whether or not this will affect tuition costs for next year.

“If it’s going to cause my tuition to rise, then I really don’t think it’s necessary,” said Johnson.