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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University Wednesday Nov. 14, 2007 MSU pitches $10 per hour athletic fee to SGA BRITTANY NORMAN MANAGING EDITOR A proposed athletics fee could be tacked on to tuition bills by 2009 if the Student Government Association votes in favor of it. “In a nutshell what’s being looked at is a fee of $10 a credit hour with a maximum of $120 a semester,” said Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Lamb. The fee has been pitched to the SGA, Lamb said. If they vote to pass it with a simple majority, it will be put to a referendum of the student body, which would require a two-thirds majority vote. Following that, it would be passed to the Board of Regents and then the Texas State Legislature. Lamb said that if approved, the fee would take effect in fall 2009. “It would generate about $1.2 million (per year),” Lamb said. “Right now student service fees generate about $2 million a year that funds areas like the counseling center, UPB, disability services, some music programs, some club athletic programs, SGA and the Vinson Health Center.” About $500,000, a quarter of the available funds, are currently used to fund athletics. Lamb said if the fund is instated, that money will remain in the student services budget to be possibly redistributed. Lamb said some of the possible uses for the extra student services money include extended hours at the Vinson Health Center, increased funding for organizations, and increased hours in areas like the coun- seling center or wellness center. Lamb says the athletics program and the university as a whole would benefit from this fee. The Importance of Being Earnest “What we have at MSU is flat enrollment of about 6,000 students and an increasing residential population,” Lamb said. “The larger the residential population, the more demand there is on services offered through student affairs.” Yet Lamb says the budgets remain flat at best, and keeping $500,000 in the student services budget is very attractive. He also believes that the boost to athletics will benefit the university. “We have a very competitive athletics program right now,” Lamb said. “Right or wrong, a lot of students who don’t play athletics do look at an athletics program when choosing an institution. Athletics very much helps us achieve a critical mass of students Grad school seminar set for Saturday MARVIN ARTS FOR THE WICHITAN PATRICK JOHNSTON | THE WICHITAN Shannon Dietz as Lady Bracknell and Matt Griffin as Jack Worthing rehearse a scene from the MSU Theatre’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The play is scheduled to be shown Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. MSU students get in free. General admission is $7. that we need to operate the level of student services that we have, never mind what we need.” As for the athletics program, the fee would aid in the possible addition of more sports teams. “I know because of Title IX and gender equity issues we’ll be adding about three new sports in the coming years,” Lamb said. “To stay in the Lone Star Conference the number of teams will be increasing, and we have to make sure we’re doing it on an equitable basis.” The soccer field could also receive better lighting to replace what the facility currently has. Lamb said the lighting on the field barely meets NCAA standards to play nighttime games. The Career Management Center will host its second annual “Getting into Graduate/Professional School Seminar” on Saturday. The day will start off with a practice exam from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Prothro-Yeager Hall. The GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT and PCAT will be offered at no charge. After the test, a graduate and professional school seminar will be held in the Clark Student Center Kiowa Ex-Students Room. The seminar will last from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free pizza will be provided. The seminar will be presented by Joshua Harris who is in his first year working for Kaplan as a marketing coordinator in Fort Worth. The CMC is hoping it will have a better turnout this year than last year, college coordinator Melissa Yip said. Last year the CMC split the seminar into two different sessions, one in the evening and the other at night. “We combined both seminars this year, because we didn’t want the speaker to have to come back twice,” Yip said. Yip plans to hold the seminar before the test next year. “I feel it would be better to have the seminar before the test. There are so many tests people get done at different times and they just might leave when they’re done and not come back,” she said. The CMC encourages any student interested in graduate or professional school to attend the seminar. She encourages anyone who is interested to come out, because it’s never too late no matter what your classification is. Harris will distribute various handouts and packets that will include helpful hints and tips for getting into graduate or professional school. Some of the information that will be included in those handouts will be admission requirements for various institutions. Many of those requirements include letters of recommendation, work or professional experience, GRE, GMAT, or LSAT or scores. Money management skills key to success Credit card debt crushes college aspirations for many MINNA GILLIAM FOR THE WICHITAN INSIDE On average, 50 percent of college students have maxed out their credit cards, with a 17.8 percent interest rate, within the first year. Statistically, more students leave college because of financial debt than for academic reasons. The startling statements were made by Brandon Marshall of Making It Count, a national firm that advises students on money and other matters. Marshall, part of the Student Success Series, addressed the topic of “Ultimate Money Skills: Scholars, Dollars, Budgets, and Bills” Tuesday night in the Clark Student Center. “The average college student has $2,700 in credit card debt,” Mar- shall said. “The average interest rate for student credit cards is 17.8 percent. This means the average college student pays $480.60 per year in interest.” Marshall provided tips for creating wealth in college. The first step, he said, is to avoid debt. Students should try to find a way to make money while going to school, whether they work at a local business or provide tutoring services to other students. The second step is to avoid the fifth year of college, he said. Some students decide to take a lighter semester as they near graduation. This could cost up to $50,000, according to Marshall. Marshall justified this number by saying the average student spends about $20,000 during one year in college. He combined that amount with $30,000, the average annual income of a college graduate. The third step is to get good grades, he noted. Students can receive scholarships and land jobs based on their grade point averages. Marshall offered ways to help college students stick to their budgets such as buying used books from or the half price book store. He advised young people to buy a coffee maker or eat at home rather than going out, to use coupons, and never go grocery shopping when you are hungry. When planning the next trip home, consider catching a ride with other students from the same area, he said. “Minimal savings can be achieved by anyone but college students need to start doing it now,” Marshall said. “It’s actually very easy to do. If you were to take $4.30, which is what the average coffee or fast food order cost and put it into a secret place or an account four times a week each month until you retire, you should have over $100,000.” The program was chosen to empower students to develop smart money management skills and ultimately achieve financial independence. Students were also given advice on how to effectively evaluate credit cards and manage credit card debt, how to create and maintain a budget, choose a bank or financial institution, save money for the future, understand their spending habits and avoid identity theft. Ludacris Johnny Depp Volleyball gallops on Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can’t stop laughing. To have a career like Depp’s, you need serious charm. MSU makes it to playoffs despite conference tournament loss. page 4 page 4 page 7

Nov 14, 2007

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