Via email October 31, 1997
Regarding the Referendum vote, there seem to be two camps. The first group feels the fee is the only way to finance the Union. The second flat out doesn't believe the first.
The students have been assured that "extensive research" has been done. That a student fee is our only option --
Where is this extensive research? For those of us not present at the Senate meetings, what avenues have been explored? Convince the student body that this is, indeed, the only way to go. How much has been explored from a fund raising perspective? Or corporate funding?
These questions aside, it's still confusing why this fee is being proposed right now. It will go into affect in the Fall of '98, probably years before a new union is around. One of the big selling points is that this will give students input into the new Union. Are students really supposed to believe that without the student fee the Administration will build the Union in a vacuum, without anyone's input?
President Davidson also stated, in the same article, "Next month is going to be very hard and I expect you [ASUA] to be out there educating students." Hopefully that is the case, because right now the proposed fee seems awfully flimsy.