The Associated Students of the University of La Verne addressed constituents’ concerns about food service offerings, tuition increases and how student fees are spent at a student-run forum.
This discussion was held on Tuesday in the Ludwick Conference Center Ballroom A with nearly 30 students in attendance.
One of the top priorities of conversation was tuition and the concerns of increasing costs in coming school years.
“We’ve looked into our competitive schools, and we fall into place with them,” ASULV President Noor Wahba said.
The student representatives ensured the tuition costs for universities of the same caliber are identical to the ones required by students of ULV.
Wahba continued to speak about scholarships available on campus that could ease financial burdens and make school more affordable.
However, most students do not take advantage of these opportunities, which are readily obtainable. One scholarship that was offered to ULV freshman allowed ten students to receive $2000 each and only eight students applied for the aid.
It was also emphasized ASULV does not have a part of tuition costs. They cannot directly make changes to the situation.
The forum also included the topic of Davenport and Barbara’s Place. Several students felt that the times of both Davenport and Barbara’s Place were inconvenient.
There are not food options open late at night. Many students are forced to eat off campus when they really can’t afford it,” said child development and business administration major Jenae Hodges.
She continued to recall specific incidents where she was forced to eat off campus because Barbara’s Place and Davenport were closed.
“Davenport should be open again on Fridays,” said athletic training major Corbin Henault. “At Davenport you could always eat, but on Fridays at Barbara’s Place with the time it takes to wait in line, to order and to get my food I don’t have time to eat it before work.”
The conversation then switched to the quality and types of food, provided at both Davenport and Barbara’s Place.
“For weekends it would be nice to have something other than breakfast at Barbara’s Place,” said education major Brittany Lokar.
The last topic was the idea of having a concert at ULV, like other schools, which usually host concerts for “Welcome Back Week” and other times throughout the year.
“We understand that CAB does a lot of events, but together we want to do something huge,” said Wahba.
“This year were going to do a small test with a small band in May,” said John LeJay II, ASULV vice president of public relations.
LeJay then asked participants how they would feel spending from $45,000 to $70,000 on a concert. It would be free for students, it would be a means of advertisement for the university and would provide entertainment to the student body.
The idea was well received, but a few students questioned where the money would come from. ASULV put the crowd at ease and explained that the money would come from the activity fee students at the university pay as well as a joint venture between ASULV and CAB.
The acts ASULV have in mind for May are Gym Class Heroes, New Boys, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Cartel and others. ASULV will be sending out a survey prior to booking an act.
After the main topics were discussed, the student representatives of ASULV opened up the forum, allowing participants to talk about concerns they felt were important.
ASULV reminded the participants that their representatives have a strong voice on campus and are present at faculty meetings, board of trustee meetings, among other meetings and will speak for the student body.
“I think its ridiculous to spend up to $70,000 on a concert when we don’t have Wi-Fi, I’m paying so much money to attend the university and we don’t even have Wi-Fi. My community college that I paid significantly less had Wi-Fi,” said political science major Ricardo Perez.
ASULV responded saying that the Wi-Fi issue is something the university itself is responsible for while ASULV’s goal and job is activities and campus life, but that the university’s Wi-Fi project is said to be done by the summer.
At the end of the forum ASULV collected comment cards and distributed flash drives to those who were of the first 40 to attend the forum.
“I definitely think ASULV did a really great listening to what we had to say,” said Hodges.
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