Via email November 11, 1997
No offense to Mr. Davidson, but if students aren't voting to charge themselves a fee, then why not put this whole thing off for a year to make sure that the Administration is "raising sufficient funds" (that' a bit vague don't you think?) and then have the referrendum vote. The fee should be the last, not the first, option.
There is this perception that by having a fee, studnents have control over their money. It seems to me that the only control that I will have as a student is opening my wallet and dropping $80 each year for the Union.
I doubt that the "Fee Board" will have little, if any, impact. If this is the same group that just voted to create this mess, then I have little faith that they will truly look out for everyone's interests. From what I read, the current committee just wants money to enhance their own programs--that's why 20% of this fee is going to programming, not even to the construction of the building!! Why hasn't this been reported?
I have two questions for our President:
I think this is all a mistake--we ARE voting to impose a fee on ourselves. The fee will never go away--it will be absorbed into another priority that the university sets for itself. All information from ASUA is vague and utterly confusing. I think that this whole bit about "student control" is a load of garbage....VOTE NO.
R. F. Kennedy