Western students vote on technology recycling fee April 7th-9th

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Students will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to implement a new $4.50 per credit hour technology and recycling fee when they vote Wednesday April 7, 7:00 a.m. to Friday April 9, 7:00 a.m.

The proposed fee would be capped at a maximum of 12 credit hours per student per semester. The proposed solutions of the fee is to offer students access to updated and maintained technology and to also offer a sustainable recycling program campus-wide.

The fee proposes to allocate to three areas.

$0.50 per credit hour of the fee will be used in maintain campus-wide recycling program. The funds will pay the cost of the program including wages of the student labor and any other costs needed for the program to be maintained.

Gordon Mapely | Dean Western Institute

$2.00 per credit hour of the fee will be used to expand and maintain computer labs. This will include maintenance and replacement costs of software, hardware in labs, student wages for lab monitors and upgrades or expansions of labs. This part of the fee will also maintain students with free, unlimited printing in the library and computer labs.

$2.00 per credit hour of the fee will be used for maintenance and replacement of projectors, computers and any other equipment or software used in the class rooms and other student rooms.

Gordon Mapley Dean for Western Institute and also a member of the committee who made the proposal said he has had a lot of experience in maintaining and keeping technology current. Before he retired from Ohio and moved to Missouri he was the chief technology officer at the University of Ohio for fifteen years.

“One of the things that I noticed when I got to Missouri Western was that the technology fee was inadequate for what was necessary,” Mapley said.

Mapley said that the fee will allow Missouri Western to better help prepare students for the job market.

“Employers expect students to come to jobs with a series of skills which are technology based and are software based to meet those skills our students need to have access to that technology and that software,” Mapley said.

“Software over the years has become more increasingly expensive. The option for colleges to say well we are just not going to use that software is just not an option and are software based to meet those skills our students need to have access to that technology and that software,” Mapley said. “Software over the years has become more increasingly expensive. The option for colleges to say well we are just not going to use that software is just not an option because if you do that students are going to be at a disadvantage when they apply for a job.”

Dillon Harp upcoming SGA president and member of the committee who made the proposal said SGA thought the recycling fee and technology fee should be combined and put together on the ballet.

“The reasoning behind it was to ensure the bill was addressing two campus needs that would benefit students,” Harp said. “Although the technology is the bulk of the issue, the addition of fifty cents for recycling was deemed a minimal cost that could yield great results into the future.”

To pass the proposal must be approved by a two thirds margin of voting and then the proposal will be sent to the Board of Governors for consideration. If passed there will be an annual report to the SGA Senate each October that will contain a list of the purchases made by each committee over the course of the previous year.

Alyssa Ostrander SGA senator said the most important thing for students to do is read the bill before they vote.

“I feel it’s important for students to be informed on issues that will effect them in the future,” Ostrander said.

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