The Arizona Desert Lamp

The fight against fees begins now

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 16 February 2009

No New Fees

Suffice it to say, there’s been quite a bit of discussion about student fees on this blog.

We’ve explained how the Student Services Fee was never approved by the student body, and how an unrepresentative, poorly conducted survey was used as a duplicitous instrument to subvert the student will to fund “accessible gaming” and plasma TVs. Even the programs that are deemed ‘popular’, such as ‘Welfare Wednesdays,’ use up far more of the funds than they should.

We’ve pointed out that the Recreation Bond Retirement Fee, enacted for construction on the Rec Center in 1985, is likely to grace the bills of students until 2041. Knowing the way, new construction on the Rec will have begun by then, and the fee will extend past 2085. Call it the “Century Plus Investment Plan” and snap a picture of 99-year-old University President Tommy Bruce with a commemorative shovel.

We’ve openly questioned what exactly we’re getting for our $2 ASA fee.

We’ve also highlighted how the “feeing” has only just begun — already, PIRG and President Shelton have lined up at the fee trough. Judging from reports around the country, students can also look forward to study abroad fees, and Lord knows what after that.

That’s why the Desert Lamp has released the Arizona Student Fee Protection Pledge, offered to all ASUA candidates running in this election. The pledge itself is straightfoward:

I pledge to the students of the University of Arizona that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase student fees for the duration of my term in office.

Student government can’t always stop new fees, but it’s hard to imagine the SSF, the ASA fee, or any of the forthcoming fees getting approved without ASUA’s consent. Now, more than ever, is the time for the future ASUA government to stand up for the students that they ostensibly represent.


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  1. Anonyyyy said, on 16 February 2009 at 3:41 pm

    FYI…the PIRG’s were out in force in front of the Rec Center this afternoon with their ASUA petition forms. They tried to tell me it was an “OPTIONAL” $2 fee per semester that would allow them to “fight hunger and homelessness and stop global warming.” Notice the quotation marks because that’s verbatim. Also, after I asked why they were petitioning for the fee, the reply I got was “It will allow us to remain on campus.” Needless to say, I did NOT sign. The PIRG gave me the stink eye and a half-hearted “thanks anyway.”

  2. […] at the UA – their actual constituents, rather than “all students” – by fighting against new fees and making current fees optional. This measure, however, was “too […]

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