SGA considers fee proposals
Whitney Saporito Managing Editor
The combined increases total $26 per student for fiscal year 2012. The highest increase, $9 per student, was recommended by the Athletic Fee Council and would bring their total to $130 per student.
Senators Jared Wetzel and Austin Osborn, who both sat on the council, said the increase is intended to cover increases in tuition and housing for athletic scholarships.
The Student Health Fee Council, which funds the Bryant Student Health Center, recommended an increase of $5 per student, bringing the total to $91 per student.
Brandon Mills, SGA president, spoke in favor of the health fee increase because he said the student health center provides services competing universities do not.
Osborn, who sat on the council, said the increase in fees is due to the health center’s new building.
“They underestimated overhead for what it would cost to run the new building,” Osborn said.
The Student Recreation Center Advisory Board recommended an increase of $6 per student to help fund new software and to make it possible to hire a new employee, who would serve as a personal trainer for students.
The Student Activity Fee Council recommended an increase of $2 per student and the Equal Opportunity Fund Fee Council recommended an increase of $1.
The Parking Fees council recommended no changes to funding.
SGA members will further discuss and vote on the recommended increases at their next meeting.
Sen. Kerra Tener proposed a resolution to encourage a co-curricular transcript at PSU. In addition to the traditional transcript, the co-curricular one would also include organization involvement and leadership positions students have held in their college career.
Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services, said the Office of Information Systems already has the program to produce a co-curricular transcript.
Erwin said the reason the transcript did not succeed in the past is that no campus office wanted to take ownership of managing the new transcript.
SGA members will do a final vote on Tener’s resolution next week.
Members from the Indian Student Association joined SGA during student opinion time to ask for support on a 5K run to benefit Japanese relief efforts.
Shalin Patel, president of the Indian Student Association, said the group was inspired by a similar event they saw in Austin, Texas and would like to bring the event to PSU.
Patel said all money raised would go to the Red Cross to help in Japan.
Several SGA members expressed support for the event.
“We’d be more than willing to help in any way possible,” said Thomas Gregory, vice president.
A date has not yet been determined for the event.