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Reposted below is a news article found on the Vindicator website:

Tuition Freeze Proposed at YSU

VINDICATOR EDUCATION WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN — For the first time in nine years, undergraduate students who live in Ohio and attend Youngstown State University won’t be facing a tuition increase with the start of fall classes.

Nonresident undergraduate and graduate students will be in a different situation, based on a proposal before the YSU Board of Trustees. Both are facing some cost increases.

The university has raised the undergraduate cost of going to class nine consecutive times, but a promise of additional state funding in exchange for no tuition increase for two years for resident undergrads has the board of trustees looking at no tuition increase for 2007-08 for that group, which represents about 90 percent of the student enrollment.

What will happen

There is a proposed $12 per semester increase for all full-time students in the “general fees” category to cover rising costs of operating the Andrews Wellness Center on campus.

About 90 percent of the employees there are students and a recent state increase in the minimum wage raised their salaries, said Neal McNally, director of budget planning and resource analysis. Part of the general fees go toward maintaining that facility, he said, adding that such fees, which cover certain noninstructional costs, are exempt from the tuition cap.

Although the state budget isn’t final yet and the numbers could change somewhat, YSU is relying on the Senate version of the state spending plan, which will provide YSU with about $2.9 million in additional funds next year in exchange for a promise not to raise tuition for two years for Ohio undergrads.

The tuition and mandatory fee totals for full-time Ohio undergraduates will rise a total of $24 a year from $6,697 to $6,721.

For nonresident, full-time undergrads, a 3 percent increase in their tuition surcharge is being proposed, raising that cost from $2,753 to $2,836 per semester.

Graduate costs

Resident graduate students will see a $516 annual increase in tuition and mandatory fees, from $8,212 to $8,728.

Nonresident graduate students will get a break on their tuition surcharge, which is being lowered by more than $2,800 a year for regional students and some $5,600 a year for nonregional students in an effort to attract more graduate students to campus.

“Regional” covers an area along the Pennsylvania border from New York to West Virginia.

The 1,000 students living on campus will also see a $250 increase in room and board, based on a proposal before the trustees. The annual cost would rise from $6,490 to $6,740 a year.

The proposed 2007-08 general fund budget stands at $140.8 million, up $3.3 million from the modified version of this year’s spending plan. The bulk of that increase will come from the anticipated $2.9 million jump in state subsidies.

The trustees are scheduled to vote on the tuition and budget issues at a June 29 meeting.

gwin@vindy.com

There are differences between the Senate and House bills and they will be rectified by a conference committee which consists of members of the House and Senate. Depending on its outcome the amount of money we receive from the state changes too. This will not be an easy decision for the Trustee’s without a finalized version of the bill, but I think all students are in support of a tuition freeze.

-Dave

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Applications Problems?

 We’ve recently been getting a few reports of an error with the application web page.  I’m unable to reproduce the error on the form myself so I’ve taken a catch all approach to rectifying the problem.  Applications are now at least partially submittable with out most of the information filled out.  Applications will still only be deemed acceptable if all required areas are filled out.

I hope this rectifies the problem for those that contacted me.  I’ll be e-mailing the students who did send me e-mails about the problem to let them know that the issue is fixed.

Please if anyone has any other problems with the application contact SGA via phone or e-mail.

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As of Monday June 18th, 2007 the 2007-2008 SGA Application is now available.  If you’d like to fill it out check your e-mail, look on the SGA website, or go here.

Next week look for a full out Rock Garden bonanza!

Happy Friday,

-Dave

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On July 18th in the Chestnut Rm. there will be a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This blood drive is open to the community, so you don’t necessarily need to be YSU affiliated.  As well, a recent release from the Red Cross states that people with tattoos and recent body piercings are eligible to donate blood.

If you’ve got any questions call 1-866-426-0922, use option #3 if it is related to your eligibility to donate.

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Many people have asked me this question as of late. Because its easier to just pull up google maps then to repeatedly try to describe its location, I’ve constructed a map in google maps that will better enable people to see where the rock garden is actually located.

Wick Pollock Small Map Image
Click to get a Closer Look

The revitalization process is (I believe) done at this point and time, and it looks wonderful! I’ll have a full write up on the Rock Garden here sometime in the next few weeks. Pictures of the project and the revitalization process can be found on the side bar.

-Dave

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Happy Friday!

I just wanted to update you all on two pieces of our original platform that I’ve been working with lately.

WebCT and MyYSU:
A conversation with Bob Tupaj informed me that they are taking steps to rectify the online classroom conflict. As of now they have apparently implemented single-sign on access from the Portal to WebCT. Figuring out ultimately which online-classroom platform will be chosen for use is still up in the air though. I’ll keep everyone updated as that information comes available.

Appropriations:
Mikaella and I met with Dr. Anderson today and I presented her with information about our appropriatiosn process, budget, and some facts regarding its use. The hope is that we can find a way of raising the appropriations budget for the fall. While presenting that information Dr. Anderson took the time to give me some ideas about how I could look into reforming the Appropriations process to make it better/more efficient.

Thats all I have for now, hope everyone has a good weekend.

-Dave

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I’ve been working on some stuff to increase communication.  This week I hope to wrap up a few of those.  Biggest thing to note though is that I’ve created an AIM Screen Name that I’ll be leaving signed on in the Office 24/7 (or somewhere close to that).  I’m hoping this will let people communicate with me directly while I’m on campus or allow them to leave messages.

Get ahold of SGA:

AIM: YSUSGA
E-Mail: YSUSGA@gmail.com (you can use google talk if you like.)
Phone: 330-941-3591
Office: Second floor of Kilcawley, near the Diversity Office/Old Bookstore enterance.

So IM, E-Mail, Call, or stop upstairs and let us know what you, the student, is thinking!

-Dave

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