This week, January 12 to 16 2009, the student body at UCSD had the chance to vote on a referendum that would raise the activity fee to pay for A.S., programming and student organizations. The text of the ballot question was as shown below:
2008-2009 CAMPUS ACTIVITY FEE REFERENDUM
29% of this fee increase will return to UCSD to help meet the financial aid needs of undergraduate students.
11.8% of this fee increase will be used exclusively for the creation, maintenance, and operating budget of the Sustainability Resource Center.
59.2% of this fee increase will be used to support programming, student organizations, services and operations of the Associated Students.
The current Campus Activity fee is $28.00 per student per quarter. Neither the increased nor existing activity fee will be assessed during summer sessions.
If this fee referendum is approved and implemented, the Campus Activity fee would be $47.82 per student per quarter effective Spring Quarter 2009. The entire Campus Activity Fee will be adjusted annually according to the California Consumer Price Index (CPI) starting in Fall 2010. In addition, no referendum that would increase the AS Campus Activity fee may be proposed until Fall Quarter 2012.
Statement of Conditions:
1. This fee will be included in the determination of financial aid.
My friend persuaded me to vote No on the basis that this was an unnecessary fee increase that would not be used productively. Actually, as my interest in UCSD politics is on and off, if it hadn’t been for him I probably would not have voted at all.