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Residential Hall Rates Boosted Five Percent

by Emmeline Elliott

Issue date: 2/15/07 Section: Senate Notes

The Minnesota State Student Association approved the proposed 5 percent increase in residential hall rates for the next academic year, along with some stipulations.

The recommendations come from the student affairs committee that reviewed the issue for three weeks and are intended to save money for future residents.

One suggestion was to have a consultant come in during the 2007-08 school year to advise about maximizing energy efficiency. Another request was to cap residential hall rates at 1 percent above inflation. A third proposal was to offer a discounted rate to students living in the dorms during the next academic year who would chose to live in the Sears residential hall in 2008-09 since next year's residents are paying toward the debt service for the construction of the new dorms. A final recommendation was to look at the feasibility of the Maverick Mentor program with the concern that it was not an efficient use of salary and the resources of community advisors could be better used.

MSSA also requested a presentation on implementing these recommendations before consultation on the next year's rates.

Student affairs committee member Jon Hurm said the committee was provided all necessary budget information and met with director of residential life Cindy Janney who answered questions about the budget and rate increase.

Earlier in the MSSA meeting yesterday, the senators voted down a motion to approve the residential hall rates as proposed by residential life.

In other senate news, freshman Sanju Nepal was elected to fill an undeclared senate seat. Two open senate seats still remain, including Maverick Hall and another undeclared.

Emmeline Elliott is a Reporter staff writer