Feb 212011
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

The two heads of student government are trying to fulfill one of their campaign promises … by making you pay for it.

ASCSU President Cooper Anderson and Vice President Jennifer Babos are trying to push through a fee increase that would cost each student an extra $3 to $4 next year. The money generated would be given to the Women and Gender Advocacy Center to create more programs to increase awareness about interpersonal violence.

Sounds like a good idea, right?

We thought so too, until we looked at the reasoning behind the increase. Only 465 students were surveyed about the possible fee increase before Anderson and Babos started pushing the increase through the Student Fee Review Board.

Now, we remember one of the duo’s campaign promises being “enhancing sexual assault education.” Their new program RAIV was created to do this but so far has produced no results.

They had RAINN day to promote resources available for students on campus, but ironically they got rained out. Nothing has been done since to promote the offices available for students as resources. Apart from the spring project being put on in March we’re guessing students have yet to hear about, RAIV has been largely unsuccessful.

Besides all this, Anderson and Babos have yet to put forth a plan of what would be done with the money or explain why they decided each student should pay $3 to $4 for it.

Should this fee go through, we think the duo owes students a big thank you for helping them fulfill a campaign promise.

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