The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved increasing Kansas University student fees by $12.50 per semester and heard a plea from former KU swimmers to reinstate men's swimming and tennis programs.
Ron Neugent, a former Olympic team member and swimmer for KU, 1981-83, urged regents to make KU continue the programs while officials try to come up with a plan to raise more revenue.
Last month, KU Athletic Director Bob Frederick announced plans to disband men's swimming, diving and tennis in order to offset a projected budget shortfall.
Neugent, of Wichita, and former KU swimmers Steve Trombold and Brad Wells, both of the Kansas City area, asked the regents to "assume a leadership position" in developing a plan for all non-revenue sports to raise funds and reduce expenses.
The regents took no action, but Neugent said he thought they were receptive to the idea.
In other action, the regents increased KU's student health fee by $6 and approved a new fee of $6.50 to provide students with access to four daily newspapers.
The health fee increase will bring the total health fee to $75.50 for spring and fall semesters. The fee will be increased by $4 to $45 for summer semesters. The higher fees are needed to offset increased costs at Watkins Memorial Health Center, university officials said.
Under the newspaper readership program, locked distribution boxes will be set up around campus containing the Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas City Star, USA Today and New York Times. Students will be able to access the papers with a valid KU identification card.