Fees have always been added for things that students may not use. Fees for student union built in the 60s that students today use as well as rec center that fee was introduced as students after them have enjoyed.
I sense this fee was set just low enough to only cause minor protests from students and in a few years as a group they will pretty much forget. There will be some protests and angry students especially those who are footing their own expenses and I don't blame them for having blinders on they don't see any benefit for them for any athletics (most of them at least) they just want their bachelor's degree and to go find a decent job.
I hope Jane knows how vital a solid athletics program is at a huge public university. I think she does, and for all the railing against her I do, I think she'll pass this student fee and take whatever heat comes her way. She has to hire a new AD and the message sent if it is passed is 'I support athletics'. The opposite is true as well and will reduce the candidate pool to only those looking to get a handful of years of experience before moving onto a school with more support for athletics.
If she decides against it, why, I will enjoy the last moments or even a few years of any relevance in our athletics before teams start getting chopped, scholarships reduced, and the imminent demise to obscurity in Division II.
No matter what is shown to student colleagues that they are looking not outside other interests but their own. Commuter school does not help as from everything I read from comments on social media that students want the lowest price for school or pay nothing at all. No interest after graduation as that is the fault of administration and communication which has been poor for decades.
President at Sac State once said about athletics at a college that "Athletics is like a room in a home. Not the most important but the most visible".
Athletics and when they do well bring pride to the alumni who then donate. Examples are plenty when a small school does well in March Madness and then donations and enrollment rise. Alabama has increased its academics overall because of football as enrollment is coming from places such as the northeast where that was never the case.
My guess is that like when Elbee was announced late on a Friday when nobody was paying attention that Jane will allow for the increase during the summer when nobody is watching.
Athletics has to show to their student colleagues why athletics is important.
It is only their recommendation for Conoley to assess along with all other things.
Key items, its most of the article below so you might as well read the full article:
"The results were not revealed until Tuesday as Beth Lesen, vice president of student affairs and member of the committee, forwarded the recommendation to Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley, who has the final say in the matter.
In an email, Conoley said that the result from the committee is very important to her and she is continuing to review information not only related to LBSU, but also comparing the athletic situation with other members of the Big West Conference.
President Conoley will be sending an email response to Lesen by Wednesday."
"If the fee is not increased, the athletic department could face cuts to not only scholarships, but also staffing, certain student services and potentially the elimination of sports teams.
“I don’t even want to think about it,” Kadowaki told committee members."
"The survey, which opened on Jan. 19, asked students questions about the importance and value of athletics during their CSULB experience.
It was revealed that 4,341 individuals, comprised of students, school faculty and community members, filled out the survey during this time period. The survey software however allowed users to complete the survey multiple times.
Most individuals that answered statements from the survey agreed that athletics are important to the Long Beach State community. Not all statements and questions with their results were shown during the meeting.
Not all information was positive during the meeting either, as Kadowaki quoted more critical comments about athletics.
“‘Less funding for athletics, more on education,’” Kadowaki read out loud during the meeting. “‘Athletics does a terrible job communicating with the alumni, we need to refine and become a bigger part of the academic groups on campus.’”
Multiple student athletes showed their support for Kadowaki and the fee increase proposal."
"The Walter Pyramid and its repairs were also brought in discussion during the meeting.
Kadowaki said that the university is trying to hire an engineering consultant to look at the Pyramid’s roof, as it currently leaks when it rains hard. Based on past estimates received, Kadowaki said that they expect repairs to cost about $55 million.
While they have money in their budget for upkeep in their facilities, the $4.8 million they would get if the fee increases would not go to the pyramid.
“Hopefully somebody will come in and think outside the box and give us something more realistic,” Kadowaki said."
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