Christopher J. Ortiz
You think advising is bad this year, just imagine the
possibility of fewer advisers next year. You think it’s hard to get
into a computer lab late at night now, it might be even harder next
fall. You think we don’t have enough technology in the classrooms
now, there may not be many improvements when you return from
A spokesperson for Gov. Bill Owens said Wednesday that Owens
would reject a 40-percent tuition increase, which was a
recommendation made to the Joint Budget Committee. The JBC has not
voiced an opinion on its staff recommendation.
The recommendation included cutting state General Fund money to
CSU by roughly $20 million and CU by roughly $50 million.
None of these cuts are final, but it is likely that CSU will
lose some state funding for the 2004-2005 school year. If these
cuts happen, CSU will probably have make drastic cuts. Until the
final budget is passed, what exactly will be cut is up in the
Owens turned down a 12-percent tuition increase recommendation
from the JBC last year and compromised with the 9-percent increase
we experienced this year. University and state officials are
certainly aware of the dire situation, but they need to be sure to
keep students’ needs and services in their conversations’
On the face of it, nobody wants to pay 40 percent more in
tuition, but we also need certain services and programs.
It’s going to be a delicate balance. Make sure that you’re
paying attention to the cuts the university makes and be sure that
our officials are representing our needs at the Capitol. Tuition
increases may be on the horizon, but don’t to quick to accept it if
all your favorite services are gone.