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Volume 72, Issue 97, Wednesday, February 21, 2007

News

Several groups seek new funding

COUGAR NEWS STAFF

The Student Fees Advisory Committee began hearings today regarding funding for campus organizations and programs for Fiscal Year 2008.

The University Center requested $5.32 million for FY 2008, seeking to expand the Veterans Services Office, to construct a covered dining patio and to upgrade facility bathrooms, UC Director Keith Kowalka said.

Committe chair Jeremy Ruth questioned the effectiveness of some of the dining options at the UC.

"I view Chili's Too as a big representation of our campus," he said. "The customer service is not up to par."

Committee members also questioned a lack of diversity in the Student Program Board during its request for $165,343.

"I will continue to recruit members from other races, but you can't make people participate," SPB President Stephanie Barton said.

Counseling and Psychological Services requested an increase of $62,000, partially for the salary for a staff member added last year because of an "enormous" increase of learning disability and ADHD tests, Ken Waldman, director of CAPS, said.

Student Legal Services, which provides legal counseling to students for a nominal fee, requested a budget of $88,128. 

The organization plans to implement better distribution of legal information to students, though information on immigration, a common concern for students, is unavailable because of constant changes in policy. 

"After 9/11, I try to stay away from the topic, because the information could be right one day and wrong the next," said Marilyn Golub, legal adviser and the office's representative.

The Child Care Center requested $116,417 and a one-time augmentation of $7,604 to help build a shade structure for the outdoor playing facility. 

The Dean of Students Ombudservice program and Student Information and Assistance Center requested $180,423 to maintain hours available to evening and non-traditional students.

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