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Former Textbook Price Containment Committee Revived

Senate Notes

by Emmeline Elliott

Issue date: 10/26/06 Section: Campus News

For a medium that some critics say will soon be dead, textbooks have an expensive price tag.

The rising costs of textbooks are one reason why the Minnesota State Student Association voted Wednesday to support a motion to revive the Textbook Price Containment Committee.

"Textbooks is a really huge issue that was pointed out in the survey we did," said Academic Affairs coordinator and co-author of the motion Kristeen Giese, citing the student senate's Zoomerang survey conducted this semester that found students want textbooks to be the primary focus of the MSSA.

The motion said this committee is a "positive way for students, faculty and administration and staff to work together on a problem of rapidly rising textbook prices."

"In the last two decades, college textbook prices have increased at twice the rate of inflation but have followed close behind tuition increases," according to a study done by the Government Accountability Office. "Increasing at an average of 6 percent per year, textbook prices nearly tripled from December 1986 to December 2004, while tuition and fees increased by 240 percent and overall inflation was 72 percent."

The Textbook Price Containment Committee existed last year, but dissolved because of lack of persistence, MSSA President Gabe Afolayan said.

College of Arts and Humanities Senator Casey Carmody said he thought this motion was a good idea because the Academic Affairs Committee has many other concerns to focus on besides textbooks and it would be helpful to delegate the issue to another committee.

Off-Campus Senator Jason Schilling agreed this was a good motion, but said it lacked specifics of who will be on the committee.

Giese said the original committee consisted of representatives from both of the college bookstores, administration, about four faculty and about four students.

Giese said that passing the motion to support reviving the Textbook Price Containment Committee "reaffirms our commitment to that issue."

In other senate news, two news senators were elected to fill off-campus seats, including senior health education major Cole Fink and senior economics major Michael Norton.

Emmeline Elliott is a Reporter staff writer