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Friday, September 26, 2008
By Marcus Yeagley
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The College Democrats hosted meetings for
State Senatorial candidate Cindy Purvis and 3rd
Congressional District candidate Kathy
Dahlkemper over the course of the last two
Both Purvis and Dahlkemper talked to the small
New student fee raises questions
Students are now paying almost $lOO more for tuition
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group of Democrats about their key issues and
asked for assistance for their campaigns. They
covered their opinions of more universal health
care and the pains of rising education prices.
Purvis met with the College Democrats on
Thursday while Dahlkemper conversed with them
a week prior.
"1 never in my life thought I would run for
office," says Purvis. She discussed how she ran
because no one else would for the health care
issues she wished to champion.
A new fee added onto student tuition is raising
numerous questions on campus. From the student's
perspective, it may seem like another ploy to suck
money out of their pockets. What more could
Behrend need financially? How is this fee benefi
cial? Contrary to these questions, the student activ
ity facility fee (SAFF), passed by and for students,
will soon have a more positive impact than the
activity fee on non-academic, student-determined
aspects of Behrend’s campus.
The facility fee, approximately $lOO per semes
ter on your tuition bill, generates the large sum of
$400,000 every semester, equaling an impressive
$BOO,OOO annually. Where is all this money being
directed to? That decision will be left up to the stu
The Student Government Association (SGA) is
currently forming a committee of students,
approved by Behrend, who will carry out the task
of determining the overall student body’s wants
and needs. SGA hopes to narrow down a list of
requests through online surveys, personal inter
views, questionnaires, suggestion boxes and more.
They are not definite on their exact means of deter
mining student’s overall opinions and requests;
nevertheless, cooperation and time from students is
necessary in order for all methods to work.
Once the committee in charge of SAFF decides
on projects fitting within the budget, our chancel
lor, Dr. Jack Burke, must approve the committee's
According to Ken Miller, Director of Student
Affairs, evidence of student body approval is
mandatory for the chancellor’s support of a project.
Without approval from our chancellor, the SAFF
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A week prior. Dahlkemper mainly focused on
her message for health care reforms, as well. "It is
like a third world country for many citi/ens in
terms of health care." says Dahlkemper.
Tony Bango. a junior political science and histo
ry major, felt reserved about Purvis's message of
reducing the use of fossil fuels and replacing with
alternative energy. He described her words as
"empty" since she dodged a question about which
alternative energies she would support. She said
she would "ask the experts."
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committee is not qualified to fund a project.
Remarking on the selection of projects. Miller
believes the SAFF committee will most likely
choose the most student-supported and cost effec
tive projects. Pairing up campus renovations w ith
SAFF funded projects, in order to save on construc
tion costs, is also a smart suggestion from Miller.
Nothing official has been decided. However,
rumors of renovating areas of Reed into fitness
rooms and modifying Reed 117 are floating around.
Other ideas include additions of convenience
stores. Redbox DVD rentals, copy centers, ticket
booths, lounge areas, and campus information sys
tems. All these and many more ideas are possibili
ties for the future of Behrend's campus. Only stu
dent feedback will fuel the commencement of these
much anticipated projects.
What is the difference between funds from the
new facility fee and funds from the activity fee?
The difference between the facility fee and the
activity fee is the focus of the projects each fee
funds. The activity fee supports projects with focus
on all members of campus, faculty and staff includ
ed. All funds from the SAFF support student
requested projects only. SAFF supported projects
must be non-academic and benefit the entire stu
dent body. Restrictions of the facility fee towards
funding allows there to be more renovations and
additions that will directly benefit our life as a stu-
dent on campus.
The decision as to which projects are funded, is
entirely up to Penn State Behrend's student popula
tion. What change do you envision on our campus
in the near future?
- Hear about Chris Brown’s economic
thoughts on page 4.
- See what’s going on with this fall’s
play on page 5.
- Find out how the men’s water polo
team is playing on page 9.
Friday: Partly Cloudy. High 73 F.
Winds NE @ 15-25 mph. Chance of
Saturday: Showers possible. High
70 F. Chance of precipitation 60%.
Sunday: Few Showers. High 70 F.
Chance of precipitation 30%.
Complete weather forecast for the
week on page 2.
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The avarege Penn State Behrend student wor
ries about paying for tuition, books, and food.
Students who play a club sport at Behrend have
an additional worry: paying for uniforms.
The Student Government Association. SGA.
has changed its policy this year and is funding
uniforms for particular clubs, according to senior
and SGA Vice President Brad Kovalcik.
"We have changed our policy this year." said
Kovalcik. "In order for SGA to fund uniforms,
they have to be central to the club's purpose. The
club has to require uniforms for SGA to supply
According to Kovalcik. there is a certain
process that the club needs to go through if they
want SGA to pay for the uniforms.
"The club must submit a proposal which is
available at the RUB desk." explained Kovalcik.
"The proposals are due Friday the 26th. SGA has
monthly budget meetings which is where we will
discuss the uniforms. Our first budget meeting is
October 1. Nothing has happened yet. we have
just changed our policy. We will fund each club
up to $5OO for uniforms, but we implemented a
prorated cap of $25 per uniform purchased."
The men's lacrosse club team is an example of
one club sport who is hoping for SGA to help pay
"Our men's lacrosse team will try to get new
away'jerseys by putting in fora SGA proposal.”
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