May 30, 2005
Students OK some fee increase proposals,
By Louise Donahue
Students voted to raise their fees $27 per quarter for Student
Health Center improvements and approved some smaller fee increases
in the spring campus election.
Defeated were proposals for a multiuse student event center
($175/quarter); athletic, intramural, and club teams ($24/quarter),
and multiuse outdoor events/soccer venue ($45).
Results are available on the campus elections web site: elections.ucsc.edu/elections05/results.html;
details on each ballot item are also online, at elections.ucsc.edu/elections05/ballot.html
Fee increases approved were:
13: Student Media Council Fee
14: Campus Sustainability Programs Fee Increase
15: Community and Resource Empowerment "CARE"
16: Student Voice and Empowerment Fee
17: Modification to Engaging Education Programs Fee Language
18: Student Health Center Facilities Improvement Fee
Undergraduate voter turnout was 33.3 percent, and graduate
turnout 19.5 percent, said Gail Heit, associate vice chancellor
of Student Affairs.
One measure, the graduate Campus Sustainability Programs Fee
Increase, failed to meet the minimum voting pool requirement
of 25 percent, Heit said. Undergraduates passed the measure
by 57.30 percent, with a voter turnout of 29.31 percent, but
graduate students did not pass Measure 14, and had a voter turnout
of 18.59 percent. Although 62.04 percent of the graduate students
voted "yes," the vote failed because voter turnout
was below 25 percent.
The Student Health Center Facilities Improvement Fee of $27/quarter
will go into effect for graduates and undergraduates upon completion
of the renovations, estimated to be fall 2009, Heit said.
If the fee increases are approved by the UC President Robert
C. Dynes, fall 2005 undergraduate fees will increase by $14.95/quarter.
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