â€œFour score and seven years ago â€¦ â€
Though Abraham Lincoln spoke these words many years ago, students may have to reacquaint themselves with the former U.S. president again this fall.
Tuesday, the Student Fee Review Board endorsed a student facilities fee increase of $150 per year for each full-time student, taking effect this fall if the CSU System Board of Governors gives its approval.
That means Mr. Lincolnâ€™s face will go from studentâ€™s pockets into the hands of the university to fund seven construction projects.
These projects include building an addition to the Engineering Building to solve the problem of overcrowded classrooms and labs and improvements to the Eddy and Animal Science Buildings, among others.
However, there is some good news. The University Facility Fee Advisory Board compromised with the Facilities Management Department to bring the fee increase request down from $300 annually to $150 annually. For that, they are to be commended.
While these expansions and improvements are necessary and would increase the appeal of our university for incoming students and professors, students would take on their shoulders the weight of this financial burden.
Students are already struggling to stay afloat during the recession, which continues to spread budgets thin and increase tuition. It seems unfair for the university to think students can afford this increase as well.
If the increase is approved, those loads of dirty laundry will continue to pile in the corner.