CSU finally looks like it is committed to advancing athletics. With a new athletic director and more student fees allotted for the athletic department, the university appears to be taking steps in the right direction.
While some students do not support the $15 increase in student fees, we at the Collegian feel that it will benefit the university as a whole. Schools with competitive athletic departments are often successful across the board. In order to remain competitive at the Division-I level, we need money.
The increase is contingent on the athletic department meeting requirements specified by ASCSU. One of the most important requirements is having a unified student section in Moby Arena. Another part of the proposed bill will help benefit students at sporting events, making more road trips possible and even free in some cases. ASCSU did a great job with this bill, provided that they will hold the athletic department responsible for the changes. Progress must be shown in order to keep this fee intact.
Whether we like it or not, universities are often recognized based on athletics. While we do not think athletics should define what CSU is, we do think they play an important role in establishing an identity.