ASSC talks of increased fees

Sarah Niemann

Parking fees, health fees and a proposed technology fee were some of the issues discussed at the ASCC Cabinet meeting on Monday, Jan. 28.

Commissioner Miledy Hernandez also brought up attending March on March.

“(Students march for) things like low fees, less loans, full-time faculty, more counselors and cheaper text books.” She added, “it’s a great experience for any student, it is a life-changing experience.”

“If you don’t stand up for what you want then it’s like saying it’s ok. It’s ok to cut the budget and it’s ok to take (away) our classes.”

The increase in the parking fee will be $5, bringing the regular semester pass to $40 and summer passes to $30.

“The reason for the increase is the state doesn’t cover anything in the parking lot,” said ASCC President Lance Makinano.

According to Makinano the parking fee goes toward paying for the campus police to patrol the parking lot and to fix potholes.

An extra $3 is the increase proposed for the health fee, that will go toward the lab work that the Student Health Services has to send out.

While Proposition 30 covered the campus with Wi-Fi it’s is being proposed that a $5 fee is added to help pay for the maintenance for the servers and the bandwidth.

If ASCC decides to go along with the proposed fees the legislation will be jointly written by the cabinet and the senate.

After that they have to be approved by the cabinet, senate, Makinano, Coordinating Committee then the Board of Trustees, respectfully.

According to Makinano, power points on the fees will be done within the next few weeks, then the cabinet and senate will decide what to do when they are better informed.