No one wants to pay more money, especially at college. With an economic recovery that seems to be nowhere in sight, it’s a hard sell to ask for an amendment to increase the student body fee 50 cents. However, this increase in the student body fee is important for this campus and will benefit many clubs and programs.
The amendment asks for the student body to pay an extra 50 cents per credit hour taken. 25 cents of this would be directed to the club sports program and 25 cents would be given to The Broadside. This extra money would free up funds already spent on these programs, which would allow student government spend more money on other clubs and programs and activities for the student body.
The 50 cents increase in the student fee is important for the continued vitality of clubs and programs on campus. With increased enrollment, clubs and programs must cater to more students than ever, but find themselves with stagnant budgets.
The amendment also provides a measure of autonomy and budget consistency for The Broadside. Too often The Broadside comes into conflict with student government because of an article or two written about in the paper and then finds its main source of funding threatened. In fact on May 20, I was advised by Terry Link, student council government coordinator, “to not bite the hand that feeds you, especially around budget time,” after The Broadside had published a series of articles about the elections and student government activities. How can The Broadside write objectively about student government when at the same time its student government is the one who controls the purse strings that fund The Broadside? The new amendment fixes this by giving The Broadside independence from ASCOCC’s budget making process while providing The Broadside the autonomy it needs to write about subjects concerning the student body.
The new amendment also provides more money for club sports, which is one of the largest and most popular programs on campus. Club sports affect many students lives and this new amendment gives the opportunity for more sports programs on campus and to improve the ones already here.
Best of all, this amendment will free up money for other clubs and programs, because money previously spent on The Broadside and club sports can now be spent on other important clubs like the Criminal Justice, Forestry and the Anime clubs.
The amendment is a win for everybody on campus, even though it requires students to dig a little deeper in their pockets. Students will benefit from clubs who have larger budgets, more sports programs and a newspaper that is independent from ASCOCC.
You may contact Don Iler at firstname.lastname@example.org