Editorial Board 2001-2002
No one likes to hear that student fees are on the rise we already pay over $300 to the University Students' Council. But sometimes, you just need to bite the bullet.
At Wednesday's USC meeting, VP-finance Rob Irvine presented the 2002/2003 budget and proposed a 1.6 per cent or about $5.94 per student student fee increase for the upcoming school year.
The rationale behind the increase is that doing so will help bring the USC financial stability in the future and will allow them to eventually freeze and then decrease student fees.
If we're all going to dole out another five bucks, it's important to note where that money is going.
Funds alotted to The Spoke will be spent on much-needed renovations, including expanding the food counter and replacing the worn upholstery.
As for The Wave, although it will lose more money than expected this year, the shortfall is half what it was a year ago. The increase in revenue can probably be credited to a little bit of creativity theme nights, better concerts, Robotic Olympiads and a new menu have all contributed to the restaurant's turnaround.
Western Film is the USC's cheap movie theatre, but with Rainbow Cinemas drawing crowds with cheap tickets, Western Film has a scary future ahead of it. Hopefully, with some creative advertising and special features, the theatre will continue to operate.
Artifex, InPrint and the Canada Post outlet are all conveniences on campus that we would hate to see disappear. But, for InPrint to make more cash, they should encourage more professors to use their services instead of the BookStore to print course material it's cheaper for students and the profit goes right back to the USC.
Despite these bright spots in the budget, there are other places that the USC could direct more funds to increase their scope and fiscal success.
The Pit Stop has so much potential. Students need a place on campus to buy affordable necessities, like eggs, bread and milk. A pseudo-grocery store expansion makes sense, especially for the suite-style residence kids.
Then there's TV Western, which, to be in any way effective, requires far more money and resources. Either give them the money they need to expand or give up the dream and shut the place down.
TV Western has been historically criticized for its lack of campus coverage, merely flashing advertisements or the time across the screen, but the station has potential for success if given the proper funds.
Wiring it into residences would ensure students could tune-in on their own time. It needs to feature regular programs, live Western sporting events, as well as events from all faculties and residences across campus.
So before you bash the USC for raising student fees, just remember the things we get from them and put your energy into telling them where exactly you want that $5.94 to go.
You never know, you might get some cheap eggs out of the deal.