A&S fees on the rise

Activities and Services fees will be raised 79 cents this fall, bringing the total paid by students for A&S fees to $7.89 per credit hour. The fees, which fund everything from the Ultimate Frisbee Club to the Phyllis P. Marshall Center, have not been raised since 1992.

“Everything the Student Government is involved in is funded by A&S funds,” SG senate president Stavros Papandreou said.

Papandreou also listed homecoming and the University Lecture Series among activities funded by the fee.

When allocating funds, the senate confers with student organizations, which propose an amount they would like to receive for the school year. The senate then decides on an amount based on the organization’s request and the amount of funds that organization was allocated the prior year.

Every year the senate has increased the money allocated to student organizations by 5 percent because of increased enrollment. The fee increase was needed to keep up with fund allocation; the logic that more students mean more A&S funds doesn’t hold, Papandreou said.

“(The fees) fluctuate every semester depending on enrollment. They only increase when enrollment increases, but we have more students to cater to,” he said.

The senate projects it will receive about $7.9 million in A&S funds for the 2005-06 school year.

“Whatever we project, we set 8 percent aside as a buffer,” Papandreou said, what the senate refers to as the “unallocated reserve” for unexpected costs.

One major university facility functioning on A&S funding is the Marshall Center. Staff salaries, small repairs and almost every other facet of the student union are paid for out of the A&S account, said Guy Conway, the Center’s director.

The center has approximately $200,706,101 budgeted for the coming year, a small increase from last year’s $200,698,401.

“That is not for the major renovation we’re hoping to start soon,” Conway said. Marshall Center renovations will also be funded out of the account.

Papandreou said the fee increase is necessary to keep student organizations running smoothly.

“I don’t want to leave SG and a few years later have it be bankrupt,” Papandreou said. “I think we are doing something to help the students, but I might be biased.”