For Immediate Release:
March 20, 2012 Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota submitted over 450 signatures to the all campus elections board calling for cuts to administrative salaries, reduction in the number of administrators, and student voting on any tuition and fee increases. From here these three demands will go to the all campus elections on April 2nd.
“For the first time in recent memory students will have a referendum on the all campus elections, but it’s even more significant that this referendum calls on administrators, who are living large on our bloated tuition and fees, to take pay cuts and reduce their ranks,” said Rachel Hauser, SDS member and freshman at the U.
Stephanie Taylor, alum of the U of M and SDS member continued, “Students at the U are graduating with crippling amounts of debt in an economy without jobs. SDS has been organizing on campus for the past three years against tuition hikes and this referendum is an important next step in students gaining a voice over their education and futures.”
Demands for cuts to administrative costs and for more student say over education costs are a commonly felt sentiment amongst students. SDS members believe that the 3 points of the referendum will pass the all campus elections. “We were able to collect the required signatures in less than two days time with many students emphatically agreeing to sign. It’s time for students to speak up, and this years all campus elections will hopefully show the larger mandate of students against outrageous salaries for administrators and against fee and tuition increases that are unjustified,” continued Rachel Hauser.