Oct 152003
 
Authors: Taylour Nelson

The Associated Students of CSU passed a bill Wednesday night

deciding on a new Transfort Night Service route.

Transfort is forced to condense three bus routes into one

beginning Dec. 31 due to a loss of funding.

The contract ASCSU currently has with Transfort will be

renegotiated to include one year of Night Service that travels

through the area around campus.

Route 64a will begin at the CSU Transit Station, run down

Prospect Road, through Overland Trail, down Elizabeth Street and

through Old Town.

Last year, the city contributed $42,568 of the total $168,764

cost of running Night Service. ASCSU picked up the remaining

portion, but this year the city will not be able to contribute.

“Because Transfort has dropped their budgetary support for their

night service, the only money for night service is money coming

from ASCSU,” said ASCSU President Jesse Lauchner.

This means ASCSU has more control to choose the streets on which

the night route will operate as well as the times the bus will

run.

The bill states that ASCSU has been asked to choose the route

that is the most effective use of student fee dollars. ASCSU has

decided on a route that covers the maximum area for off-campus

students.

“We tried to cover the greatest area that students are densely

populated in with one route,” Lauchner said.

The new route will begin operating on Dec. 31 and run seven days

a week ending at 12:30 a.m. Sunday though Thursday and 2:30 a.m. on

Friday and Saturday nights. The bus service will leave campus every

45 minutes starting at 6:45 p.m.

Plus/Minus grading

ASCSU also proposed and passed a resolution in which the

plus/minus grading system will be given as a standard for all

departments and classes.

Currently, professors who teach identical classes can have

different grading systems where students who receive the same

percentage for the final grade can receive different letter grades.

This resolution will provide a standard of either the plus/minus

system or the traditional grading system for all classes.

“It’s been a long process trying to figure out the best

compromise to please faculty who don’t really want the standardized

plus/minus grading and want to have a lot of say in how they grade

their own classes, but also please the students who obviously would

like to abolish plus/minus grading altogether,” said Marisa

Adelman, ASCSU senator for the College of Natural Resources and

co-writer of the resolution.

“But that’s really unrealistic so I feel this is a really good

compromise and we will be able to ensure that students are

receiving at least fair grades across sections of campus.”

The resolution is only a suggestion that will be given to the

president’s office, the provost/academic president’s office,

Faculty Council and each academic department.

 

 

 

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