Fees may go up $3.15
By Brendan Howe
Western students may have to buy one less domestic beer at The Spoke next year if the university's Board of Governors approves an increase in student fees.
The Campus and Community Affairs Committee received a recommendation yesterday to increase the Student Development Centre fee by $3.15 or five per cent for this coming school year. The proposal was made by Ryan Parks, University Students' Council president and chair of the Student Services Committee
The CCAC then recommended the increase to the Property and Finance Committee who will meet next week to decide whether or not to pass on the recommendation to the Board.
"There is increased usage of the [SDC] so they need to commit more resources," Parks said, adding the fee increase was also because of minor salary cost increases.
The development centre provides a variety of services for students including employment, writing seminars, resources as well as psychological and career counselling.
The SDC fee is part of the university's ancillary fees. If approved, it would increase from $63.20 this year to $66.35.
The centre collected $1,211,000 this year from the fee and is budgeted to collect $1,240,600 next year with the increase a difference of $29,600.
"We had no problems with it," said Jim Etherington, chair of the CCAC. He asked Parks during the meeting if the student services committee had looked at ways of reducing ancillary fees and Parks said they had not.
"It's a delicate balance between making sure the students get the services they need and the total price tag," Etherington said, after the committee made its recommendation.
Western's VP-administration Peter Mercer oversees the SDC as part of his portfolio and said more people are coming to the centre for assistance because of increased pressures and needs.
"It's a North American phenomenon there is simply an increase in the level of stress and a decrease in the ability of coping," he said.