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Archive for Saturday, October 3, 1992

HASKELL SENATOR SEEKS FEE INCREASE

October 3, 1992

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The cost of attending Haskell Indian Junior College would increase slightly if a student leader's proposal is adopted.

Although the college is tuition free and the students don't pay room and board to live on campus, they do pay $20 a semester to cover student activities.

Haskell student senate president Douglas Roberts would like to see that increase by $5 to help support activities on campus.

"All I've been hearing since I arrived here was `four-year school' and `2,000 students by the year 2000,' " Roberts said during the Haskell Board of Regents meeting Friday. "But the student senate is lacking funds to work well with a junior college, let alone a four-year school. The senate is trying to help clubs and organizations on campus but we're finding it very difficult."

The Board of Regents voted to table the request until further study. They could vote on the issue when they meet in Albuquerque, N.M., in November. Currently, the $20 fee is divided equally among three groups: The Indian Leader, the campus newspaper; the campus activities group; and recreational intramurals. Each group gets approximately $6,500 a semester, Roberts said.

Several students are allowed to waive the fee if they say they can't afford to pay it, Haskell President Bob Martin said.

"We need to take a look at the system and see how quickly the money is disbursed and how it's used before deciding on this," he said.

The college has charged an activity fee since 1974, National Haskell Alumni Association Secretary Thomasine Ross said.

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