January 2007 MSSA NewsletterPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/mssa/newsletter/2/
The Minnesota State Student Association has a new poster campaign to inform all students about upcoming issues and costs of various fees on campus. If you’ve ever wondered about where your fees are going, just look at a poster as you walk through the Taylor Center, Myers Field House or the Centennial Student Union.
On Monday, February 5th students will have the opportunity to speak out about rising tuition and fees at MSU. University President Richard Davenport, MSSA President and Vice President Gabe Afolayan and Chris Frederick along with Reporter Editor-in-Chief Andrew Miller will lead an open discussion about the cost of education and what can be done about it here at MSU. If you have ideas or solutions, show up from 11:30am-1:00pm in the main level of the CSU on Monday, February 5th.
Let the MSSA know how we can help you!
Come to student forum to voice your concerns!
What: Any issue or problem
Where: CSU 284
When: 4PM every Wednesday
At a November parking advisory committee meeting, a proposed measure to fund the paving of the campus Free Lot passed by a vote of 4-2. The proposal calls for the paving of the Free Lot to be paid for by a $40 permit fee. This proposal is not final, however. A public hearing is scheduled for February 15th for this issue. Students who are concerned about this issue should attend the hearing and voice their opinion and ideas.
Let the MSSA know how you feel about tuition and fees on campus by filling out the tuition and fees survey. The survey will be coming to your email. Capitalize on the opportunity to have your voice heard on tuition and fees!
Valentines Day will be extra special this year. Rally Day, also known as Lobby Day, will be taking place at the state capital. All students who want to express willing to express their concerns directly to Minnesota state legislators should plan on making the trip with the MSSA up to the capitol on Wednesday, February 14th! Transportation and food will be provided.
Shortly after receiving word of the disbandment of the North Central Conference (NCC), University President Richard Davenport and Athletic Director Kevin Buisman announced the decision to make application to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The decision came after soliciting feedback through an open forum which featured statistical and financial data about all possible athletic affiliation avenues. To be accepted to the NSIC, MSU must receive a 2/3 vote from the universities within the conference. The Northern Sun currently houses 10 schools including Minnesota State institutions Bemidji State, Moorhead State, Winona State, and Southwest Minnesota State. Word of acceptance is to come this semester. A move to the NSIC would result in no additional costs to student. It would, however, result in annual savings of $300,000.
In response to the 67% increase in tuition over the last 5-6 years, the Minnesota State Board of Trustees has capped tuition increases at 4% state-wide. This measure means that MSU administration may not increase tuition by more than $100 per semester during the next two years. An open forum to discuss tuition will be held on Monday, February 5th in the CSU to voice your concerns directly to University President Richard Davenport. Also look for opportunities to write letters and sign petitions for your tuition concerns. Governor Pawlenty recently announced that he would support a tuition freeze if passed by the state legislature.
The Minnesota State Student Association has a new initiative to get feedback from students- the “Got A Gripe?” campaign. The campaign gives all students the opportunity to voice their concerns. All students have to do is go to the Centennial Student Union main level to write on banners about issues including: parking, student fees, tuition, financial aid, student services, academic advising, and your academic major. If you’ve got a gripe come to the CSU this semester!
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