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November 5, 2009, Volume 204 >> Number 53 >> 40 cents >> iowastatedaily.com >> An independent newspaper serving Iowa State since 1890
Regents vote reveals views on extra fee By Jessica Opoien Daily Staff Writer The Board of Regents isn’t the only group struggling to reach consensus regarding the proposed $100 spring semester tuition surcharge for students. In a preliminary vote at Turk the Oct. 29 Regents meeting in Cedar Falls, five members voted to consider the tuition surcharge at the December meeting. Four votes were cast opposing the surcharge. The student body presidents of the three Regents universities weighed in with their Currie tuition recommendations as well. Jon Turk, ISU Government of the Student Body president and senior in political science, and Adam Haselhuhn, University of Northern Iowa Student Government president, came out strongly against the proposed surcharge, a stance punctuated by a joint statement released Oct. 13.
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Union workers discuss possible funding woes By John Lonsdale Daily Staff Writer Since its opening in September 1928, the Memorial Union has weathered many storms, both literally and financially. It has seen its own share of ups and downs economically over the 81 years it has existed, but not until recently have these economic concerns risen again. Over the past couple of months, Iowa State’s budget cuts have created a silent uproar among students, faculty, employees and parents alike. Most units are being affected in some way, and the Memorial Union isn’t exempt. Richard Reynolds, director of the Memorial Union, discussed how the Memorial Union is handling the budget cuts and the ways in which it are making up for the lack of funds they are receiving. “As of now, we have not received a specific dollar amount being cut,” Reynolds said. “We are in the second round of reversions. With the furloughs being credited toward the cut in the salary line and the lowered retirement incentive
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Officers discuss drug ordinance, allocate funds By Paige Godden Daily Staff Writer Erin Kennedy, a representative from Youth and Shelter Services in Ames, sought the Government of the Student Body’s opinion Wednesday night on changing Ames’ drug paraphernalia ordinance. Kennedy said the current ordinance is out of date, and has not kept up with the change of drug culture. The original Ames ordinance only refers to marijuana and other paraphernalia that was applicable at the time the ordinance was created. The new proposal consists of 3 pages, instead of the paragraph that it is now, Kennedy said. The new ordinance would also allow police officers to decide whether each charge should be considered a criminal penalty, or if the of-
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ISU student Thomas Dillman shows visitors the adjustable window louvers used to prevent direct heat gain on his team’s solar-powered house during the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 18. Many groups hired professional builders to construct their home, but the ISU participants constructed their home in addition to designing it. Photo: Stefano Paltera/US Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon
Building the future University team finishes 12th overall in solar decathalon By Justine Scatterilli Daily Staff Writer From design to budgeting to engineering, more than 200 ISU students worked together to create a house from scratch that was completely powered by solar energy. As a contestant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, members of the ISU team traveled to Washington, D.C., in October to vie for the title of most sustainable house. From the time the project proposal was accepted in January 2008 until they returned recently, the team was consumed with the project. Before traveling to the competition, students first constructed the
house in Ames. Eric Berkson, senior in architecture , was the IT coordinator for the Decathlon. He said the open house in Ames was a kind of dress rehearsal. They were able raise awareness about solar technology in Ames, learning that there is already a strong interest here. Iowa State’s involvement in the international competition was an example of ISU president Gregory Geoffroy’s initiative to continue to promote sustainability at Iowa State, students said. Through meeting and working with people in Ames and Washington, D.C., Berkson learned of the importance of applying green design to the curricula at Iowa State. “I have more knowledge that it’s not an option or niche. Everyone has to do it,” Berkson said. Meeting with influential figures through the event, such as Sen. Chuck Grassley and members of
The ISU Solar Decathlon team poses underneath its banner from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition in the Design building atrium. The team placed 12th out of the 20 accepted into the competition. Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily
the Iowa chapter of the Architecture Institute of America, students were able create important networking connections. “For me personally, as an archi-
tecture student, given the current economy the networking opportunities were great,” Berkson said.
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Council seeks to amend GSB policy By Heidi Ebert Daily Staff Writer In light of the economic condition of the state of Iowa and the second wave of budget cuts hitting the university, funding for academic organizations within the engineering college has been stretched thin. In reaction to this situation, the Engineering Student Council is trying to change the financial policy of the Government of the Student Body to make more funding available. “The funding is there. It’s just that we don’t have access to it,” said Erin Painter, vice president of outreach for the Engineering Student Council and sophomore in civil engineering. After eight weeks of working with GSB to resolve the problem, a proposal was passed by the GSB Finance Committee on Monday. The bill would create a separate account accessible for all student organizations. The amount of money in the account would never go higher than $50,000, with the purpose of funding campus events as long as they are open and free to all students. The bill is set to be sent to the Senate next Wednesday. “If we are going to allow academic organizations to receive funding, this is the best option,” said Tom Danielson, finance director of GSB and senior in civil engineering. “We are also maintaining our service level to the groups we currently serve. We don’t have enough money to fund general operations for these [academic] groups.” Currently GSB funds are restricted to certain
Erin Kelly, left, junior in chemical engineering, and Galen Thomson, owner of American Waterjet Cutting in Winfield, discuss the Team PrISUm solar car on Sept. 18, 2008. Team PrISUm is one of the engineering organizations that would benefit from budget amendment. File photo: Iowa State Daily
organizations. According to its Web site, some of these restrictions include organizations that receive funding from an academic department or college council, organizations with missions consistent with an
academic department, and organizations that help students achieve a professional degree status. Under these restrictions, most engineering student organizations do not qualify for GSB funding. Most of the funding for these organizations comes from the Engineering Student Council or one of the academic departments within the College of Engineering. However, the money from both of these sources proves inefficient for engineering student organizations. “With the economy being down we’re seeing less dollars so we’re able to give out less dollars. Of course though clubs are trying to grow. They are getting more members. They have different ideas in mind so the demand for money is increasing,” said Steven Harris, vice president of administration of the Engineering Student Council and a junior in industrial engineering. “[Organizations] are asking for five times as much as we are able to give.” The entire budget for the Engineering Student Council to distribute to student organizations is $20,000. This money is allocated to as many as 70 student-run clubs and organizations. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics requested $21,000 from the council this year. These numbers pale in contrast to the $1.7 million budget for GSB, which serves the entire university. Of that $1.7 million, $1.3 million is allocated to student organizations, according to GSB’s Web site.
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Faces in the crowd : What is your opinion on the $100
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University of Iowa Student Government president Michael Currie’s stance fell on the other side of the line. He explained his support of the tuition surcharge in a column that ran in the Daily Iowan the day of the Regents meeting. Currie has since faced questions from fellow students who disagree with or do not understand his reasoning. “The reason why I support the surcharge is because it helps maintain the quality of education for our students,” Currie wrote in an e-mail. “Without the $2.2 million generated from the surcharge, then students would almost certainly see a decline in professors, teaching assistants, programs, services ... To me, none of those alternatives are in the students’ best interests.” Of those who share his views, Currie said, “Understand that none of us are happy or excited to pay $100 next semester. We made the decision to do so because we feel it’s the right thing to do, not because we are enthusiastic about giving up more of our own money.” Regarding financial aid concerns, Currie pointed out that University of Iowa students receiving Pell Grants are exempt from the surcharge. “Students receiving financial aid can easily have it adjusted by $100,” Currie said. “And I’m inclined to believe students whose parents pay for it out of pocket probably can handle an additional $100.” At least two UISG members strongly disagree with Currie’s position. Michael Appel, a second-term UISG senator, and Whitney Carson, chair of the UISG Government Relations Committee, contacted Turk to express their wishes to work with Iowa State and UNI student leaders in opposition of the surcharge. “It’s unfair to place the burden on students midyear because of things that are happening in the
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“I’ll pay $100 if the university decreases dinning center’s expensive meal plans.”
“I already pay extra for out-ofstate, so a raise is unnecessary. ”
“How am I suppose to buy my beer if tuition is raised?”
“What’s next? A surcharge on using the bathroom?”
“We pay more than enough as it is.”
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To read suggestions on how to handle the cuts, find them at iowastatedaily.com public that take place in the Memorial Union. Although the programs are being affected, SUB and the Multicultural Center have not being influenced at all at this point in time. “Currently, we have not been cut because we are waiting for the media budget review which will happen in January,” said Aerielle Smith, president of the Student Union Board and senior in apparel merchandising, design and production. “If we are cut, we have prepared to cut back some of our funding for events. We would have to start reducing the frequency of planning those events.” Hoping to keep these centers viable for students, staff
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and employees, the Memorial Union staff is doing everything it can to not eliminate student opportunities. Having anticipated a $10,000 cut this year, the Student Union Board and Student Activities Center are prepared to reduce budgets for specific programs. Events that the M-Shop hosts with artists and bands would have negotiable contracts where the groups would be paid based on revenue at the door instead of an $800 paycheck. The Global Gala event may also be affected. If the organizers of this event were required to cut funds, they would be forced to reduce menu options and the variety of food that they have offered at past events. Along with these reductions, the Memorial Union is considering student and staff travel costs by discussing ways of reducing expenses of professional conferences. Along with reducing events and costs, employee positions being affected as well. Having left a vacant spot June 30 of this year and Jan. 31 of next year, there will be two third-shift custodian positions that will not be replaced for the year. There were also two positions to assist with event management and the custodial staff that had funds set aside for their creation. However, because of the cuts, these positions were never created. To the dismay of the Memorial Union staff, those positions
The bill, presented at a UISG meeting at which UI president Sally Mason spoke, cited a Midwest Higher Education Compact report that said an Iowa family with a median income would pay 33 percent of its income for a four-year public education after financial aid — five percent above the national average. The resolution failed to pass. “We’re just doing what we believe to be the right thing to do, the best thing for students’ interest, not because we want to pay more for school,” Currie said. Appel said he understands where surcharge supporters are coming from, but still doesn’t agree. “The administration conveys the message that if we don’t have the surcharge, the university will crumble,” he said. “It’s like a doomsday scenario. But that is not the case.” Appel said he wished more UISG members had researched alternatives to the surcharge.
will not be fulfilled this year. Aside from these events, the ISU community would see a cut in Memorial Union maintenance. Renovated in 1996, the men’s restroom on the second floor is in need of repair, but Reynolds said that the large project must be differed until funding is made available. Although cuts have been made, available resources have been supported in this time of reductions and limitations. The Memorial Union Hotel will stay intact, Reynolds said. The hotel industry has had a 10 percent decrease in revenue; however, the Memorial Union Hotel experienced only a 3 percent decrease in occupancy running 46 percent in booking rooms this year. Reynolds said they are staying in the hotel business as long as the $24,000 in revenue stays consistent. Reynolds said the mechanical staff of the MU has made a significant impact on the costs of the utilities of the building by installing energy efficient light bulbs. They have also reduced the illumination of the building by turning off portions of the lights in certain hallways and parts of the rooms and halls. Reynolds said replacing steam traps throughout the building, as well as repairing chilled water passageways, has truly helped with the reduction of steam usage along with the electric reduction have helped stay within the budget.
fender should be given a civil fine. Christopher Bone, senior in agricultural systems technology and agriculture senator, expressed his fear of giving more power to officers. “My concern is in putting a lot of power into police officials hands,” Bone said. “What happens if I get pulled over for a seat belt charge, and all the sudden get a fine for the coffee filters in my back seat?” Kennedy said unless paraphernalia is in place with residue, its not going to be considered paraphernalia. During special orders, Torey Robinson, junior in prejournalism and mass communication and copy chief of the Iowa State Daily, was appointed an associate justice of the supreme court. GSB president Jon Turk, senior in political science, announced he will be traveling to Texas Tech tomorrow for the Big 12 student government association conference during his comments from the executive branch. The GSB director of sustainability Clayton Severson, junior in biochemistry, announced that if GSB were to cut back on its paper use by passing the “Save a Tree” bill, GSB could save up to 120,000,000 joules of energy total, which could light a 60 watt light bulb for 25 days.
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The bill was amended to allow the printing of 25 copies of agendas and legislation. The meeting also allocated $3,292.94 to the ISU Robotics Club for their trip to San Francisco for the sports show BattleBots. The Crew Club was granted their request for $20,399 from the Capital Projects Fund for a new boat and motor. Sean Freitag, senior in computer engineering and representative of the Cyclone Ballroom, answered questions about why the Cyclone Ballroom wants to give out free classes. The Cyclone Ballroom usually offers lessons for $5, but free is better than $5, Freitag said. The bill asking for $3,262 was passed. The Senate also ratified a contract with the Aids Walk for $238.92. The Senate gave $300 to Best Buddies Club after allocating money for a summer conference, then taking it back before the conference happened. Tom Danielson, GSB finance director and the president of Winterfest, spoke for his bill asking for $2,046 for this year’s Winterfest activities. This will include opening an ice rink from midnight to 2 a.m. and free skates for the first 200 students to arrive. The cost will also cover laser tag activities and lighting the event.
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state,” Carson said. “You’re ... putting a band-aid over the inevitable cuts that will have to be made in the future.” Carson said she knows it’s not the universities’ fault, but compared the surcharge to a “breach of contract.” “I don’t feel like I’m being represented if my president is going to a Board of Regents meeting and supporting this,” Carson said. Carson and Appel are part of a UISG tuition task force that researched alternatives to the surcharge. “When I found out that we were going to support the surcharge… I didn’t understand,” Appel said. “So I decided to look into it more, and I decided I was going to write up legislation to endorse, essentially, a different proposal that would go along with the student governments at [University of Northern Iowa] and [Iowa State].”
UNION options from 60-57 years of age, we don’t have to worry as much about the cut. With that being said, if we are required to have a 10 percent cut, it will be roughly $220,000 for this year.” Memorial Union funds are allocated to program areas such as the Student Union Board, the Student Activities Center, staff and other programs. These programs include lectures and events in the Great Hall, as well as the information component of the Hotel Memorial Union office, the staff of the Underground, the M-Shop, organization of planning events and students and crews responsible for setting up and tearing down of rooms. The MU receives general funds of $2.2 million with onethird of that going to utility costs. SUB and the Student Activities Center host numerous events and activities for students, faculty and the Ames
“I really wish that we would have joined with [Iowa State] and [University of Northern Iowa] to help fight the surcharge. You know, it was a 5-4 vote. Everyone here was saying it was inevitable… I think the voting shows it was not inevitable,” Appel said. Turk said although he has communicated with Appel and Carson, he still plans to work with Currie and has no interest in “going over his head.” “There’s no mal-intent,” Turk said. “Fundamentally, the things we want to lobby for at Iowa State are the same things ... they’re lobbying for at Iowa.” However, Turk said he doesn’t know how effective lobbying will be in terms of the surcharge. Turk addressed the concern that one month — the approximate amount of time the surcharge would be enacted from its pending approval — might not enough time for students to come up with $100. “I’m sure it is enough time… but it’s sort of not the point,” Turk said, adding that time should have no bearing on the decision. “Four of the nine Regents felt there are other areas we can trim our budgets.” Turk explained that both he and Currie see that “there’s benefit that can come from a $100 surcharge.” However, Turk said he doesn’t support the surcharge “out of principle.” In regards to the UISG members who reached out to him, Turk said, “Their people have a right to oppose what Mike says, just as anyone here can oppose what I say.” Some at the legislature at UI is more in line with what’s happening at Iowa State and UNI than the executive branch of UI, Turk said. “They reached out to me, and I will work with them,” Turk said. “I’m going to be working with all of the people at Iowa.”
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