New recycle, technology fee on SGA ballot


Corrected 3-5-10

Technology is fast becoming the basis for nearly all aspects of the worlds educational system, and without the latest technology the educational gap grows wider.

Missouri Western students are going to be asked, in up coming elections, whether or not they want to help bridge the financial gap for their own educational benefit.

The members of SGA and members of MWSU’s administration all think that the major gain with this fee will be the benefit to the educational experience here at Western.

The SGA has been working hard to come up with a piece of legislation that will allow students to receive the best education Missouri Western can provide.

SGA came up with the idea for the Technology and Recycling fee while talking to members of administration. SGA members wanted help in determining what would be the best way to help the most students.

The Technology and Recycling Fee of $4.50 per credit hour capped at a maximum of 12 credit hours per student per semester will be allocated to three areas: $0.50 per credit hour of this fee will be allocated to creating and maintaining a campus-wide recycling program at Missouri Western State University.

These funds will pay for the start-up costs of the program and will cover the wages of the student labor and any other costs associated with the recycling program in subsequent years.

All recycling funds generated by this fee will be controlled and dispersed at the discretion of the University’s Sustainability Committee.

Dr. Mel Klinkner, vice president for financial planning and administration, helped SGA come up with the technology fee. Klinkner felt that the greatest impact for the student body would be a technology fee.

“If it’s [the fee] technology you probably, over time, are going to hit 100 percent of the student body,” Klinkner said. “And it benefits all students.”

According to Klinkner, the new technology equipment for Remington Hall was budgeted into the costs of opening a new building.

Two dollars per credit hour of this fee will be allocated to maintaining and expanding Western’s computer labs. An additional $2.00 per credit hour of this fee will be allocated to the maintenance and replacement of the computers, projectors and all equipment and software related to their functional use. These funds will be controlled and dispersed at the discretion of the University’s Academic Computing Committee.

Dr. Gordon Mapley, dean of Western Institute, said that when he arrived at MWSU about a year and a half ago that the current technology fee was substantially less than that of schools similar in size.

Mapley hopes that the increase will allow MWSU to not only maintain current technology, but to add to it as well.

Mapley said that when technology equipment was first introduced to classrooms at MWSU about a dozen years ago, we were one of the few schools to have that level of presentation technology available to as many classrooms as there were. When the money was acquired; however, there wasn’t money set aside to maintain that equipment and now much of it is wearing out.

One of the things Mapley hopes to see with this fund is the addition of true wireless on campus.

“A campus of our size really ought to have ubiquitous wireless,” Mapley said, “Any student on campus ought to be anywhere on campus and use wireless for his or her laptop or his or her phone, that is Internet enabled.”

The rumor about a restriction has been looked at recently, but Klinkner indicated that had been explored was currently tabled.

Mapley added that it was unlikely that we would see such a restriction.

“There’s a handful of students who just phenomenally abuse the printing privileges, and to charge students for copies they really do need just doesn’t make sense to me,” Mapley said.

Mapley believes it makes sense to simply charge those students who are abusing the privilege rather than the entire student body.

Christi Mills, a non-traditional student majoring in education, said, “I know that sometimes, I feel like I am at a Junior College when the equipment in my Spanish class doesn’t work (which it doesn’t 50% of the time).”

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