Volume 92, Issue 84

Tuesday, March 9, 1999


Concerns amended

Protesters' tour warns of decline

Playboy goes academic

Athletics fee reduction requested to even levels

Study explores reasons for students' alcoholic excess


Click your way to the end of the semester

Caught on campus

Athletics fee reduction requested to even levels

By Dave Yasvinski
Gazette Staff

Two presentations made to the Campus and Community Affairs Committee yesterday called for a reduction to intercollegiate athletics ancillary fees.

In a report of the Student Services Committee, University Students' Council President Ian Armour recommended the CCAC approve and recommend the decrease to the Board of Governors. It calls for a fee reduction of $3 this coming school year, $4 the next year and $5 the following year.

Graduate students currently pay $157.94 to intercollegiate athletics while undergraduates pay $138.94.

"Most other universities subsidize their athletics programs – here this is not the case," Armour said. "Intercollegiate athletics provides many benefits to the university, the cost should not be the responsibility of just the students."

In a separate presentation, the Society of Graduate Students also requested a decrease to the fee graduate students pay to intercollegiate athletics. Kelly Barrowcliffe, SOGS president, recommended a $19 reduction to the amount of money graduate students pay to intercollegiate athletics to pull them even with undergraduate students.

"Ancillary fees are by definition non-essential to the completion of a degree. Is it not feasible that students have a say in the level of these fees?" she asked.

Barrowcliffe added the $19 reduction represents approximately $32,000 overall and it is not a lot to ask for the university to cover this money. "We believe $30,000 is not a lot to come up with."

After the meeting Carolyn Stoyles, SOGS VP-student services, said she was optimistic about the chances of having the fee reduced. "We have done and said as much as we can do and say. We feel we were convincing but obviously we're not the decision makers," she said.

Jim Etherington, chair of the CCAC, pointed out although no decisions are made during the open session meetings, like the one yesterday, the committee is paying attention. "We will be taking action on your recommendations, you can be sure of that," he said.

VP-administration Peter Mercer blamed government underfunding for these types of meetings where reductions are requested. "It ends up dividing us against ourselves."

The CCAC will make a recommendation to the Property and Finance Committee who in turn make a recommendation to the Board of Governors on both of these proposals.

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