by Alexis Lahr
Why is tuition going up? What is being done to improve parking? Why do on-campus students need a meal plan? These questions and many others were answered during panel discussions held last Tuesday and Thursday in the Quad.
The question-and-answer sessions took place between University of La Verne students and administration. A six-to-seven-member panel participated in the event, which was hosted by the Associated Student Federation Forum.
Representatives were present from many departments on campus, such as student affairs, housing and residential life, academic advising and campus safety.
ASF President Kim Reed facilitated the two-hour sessions. Reed said ASF members gathered questions from the student body to ask the panel.
Note cards were also available for students to write questions throughout the discussion. Students were also able to speak directly with the administration.
Although the event was open to all students, very few attended. Only 10 to 15 students were present each day. Brian MorganArmstrong, director of the leadership development and transition program, was disappointed with the turnout. He said many ULV students seem to take little initiative on their own issues.
“When we create programs without student input, we never know if we are meeting their needs,” he said.
“More students need to come and take an active approach,” said sophomore Tirzah Rodgers.
One question that was asked on both days dealt with tuition increases. President Morgan explained that ULV’s budget depends on many variables, some of which are beyond the University’s control. Because tuition accounts for about 93 percent of ULV’s income, it has to increase to compensate for rising utility costs and staff raises.
Parking was another topic that received a lot of attention. John Lentz, director of campus safety, said there are currently no immediate plans to change the parking situation.
He said a new parking structure might be an idea in the future.
As far as assigned parking, he said it is not something the University plans on implementing.
Housing was yet another issue the panel fielded questions on. One particular question dealt with why students who live on campus must buy a meal plan. Interim housing and residential life director, Julie Hurst, said ULV follows a traditional room and board plan. She explained that the dining hall is a place for “community building” to take place. She also added that the residence halls are not designed for extensive cooking.
Although the panel did not have the exact answer to every question, all members seemed more than willing to find it.
“We’re here to serve you,” said Greg Marer, a representative of Davenport and Aramark.
Many of the panel members said they were aware of most of the problems discussed and are actively working on solutions. They also expressed their desire to have student input.
“It wasn’t a waste of time,” said freshman Jennifer Philpot. “I was interested to hear what they had to say, but I don’t know if they will make any changes.”