On the heels of a 20 percent tuition hike, youâ€™d think that a student fee increase would be the last thing on anyoneâ€™s mind.
But thatâ€™s obviously not the case for the Student Fee Review Board, which thinks a $1.54 fee increase for the Off-Campus Life and party registration program is worth considering.
A small fee increase might be necessary in light of the mandatory 3 percent salary increase for faculty, but the other parts of the proposal seem a bit worrisome.
Take the 90 cents going toward a new program coordinator.
This position is necessary, according to the proposal, to alleviate problems in community outreach and planning within the Off-Campus Life Office.
Given that every academic department on campus has had to tighten its belt, itâ€™s hard to believe that something as comparatively frivolous as OCL canâ€™t make do with the resources it has.
The rest of the fee will go toward year-round party registration. It seems like a good idea, but over the course of its four-year history, itâ€™s only been used about 1,000 times. Given the number of parties that have happened over that time-frame, itâ€™s obviously not the most popular program.
To add insult to injury, Associated Students of CSU President Eric Berlinberg, who during his campaign said he opposed a student fee increase, expressed his support for the principles the fee represents. Translated into politician-speak, this is basically the same thing as supporting the fee itself.
Hopefully, as SFRB really starts exploring this fee, theyâ€™ll realize that itâ€™s just not something the already cash-strapped students of CSU need.
Sure, it might only be $1.54, but that amounts to at least 10 packages of Ramen. Which is far more useful than what the fee would pay for.