Students for a Democratic Society has put together the following three points to go on the all-campus elections:
1. I agree that there should be no tuition increases and no fee increases without student consent. I agree that any tuition and student fees increases require a vote of the student body requiring a majority (50%) of the student body to vote, and of that majority, that any increases be passed by a margin of 70% or more in favor.
2. I agree that any administrators making over $200,000 take a 5% pay cut, those making over $300,000 take a 10% pay cut and those making over $400,000 take a 15% pay cut.
3. I agree that there must be a 10% cutback in the number of administrators at the university in 2012. In addition I agree that all future cutbacks must be equally applied to administration as to all staff and faculty of the university.
These points are meant to make the University a fairer place. The only staff that has not been reduced by 10% is administration. This is also the only group that has seen widespread wage increases on top of salaries and benefit packages that are more than most staff will see in their entire careers. Moreover, demanding students have the right to vote over tuition and fees increases would bring a new level of transparency and democracy to our education. We would no longer be billed for stadiums many of us will never go to, or see our tuition rates rise while class sizes rise and class offerings shrink.
However, the All-Campus Elections Committee (ACEC) is for the second time, denying our referendum see the light of day. First it was to change the wording and now they say they cannot verify the student status of all the signers.
It has been at least 8 years since a referendum has been on the elections, and student participation in the elections is appallingly low. And now instead of putting the points above on the ballot they are silencing the voices of the nearly 1,000 students who signed the referendum to be able vote on these points.
Call the Student Unions & Activities office and/or email Brock from the All-Campus Elections Committee and demand that they waive the minor number of signatures that are missing or allow SDS to have 1 day do get the remaining signatures!
Brock with ACEC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Unions & Activities Office: (612) 624-INFO(4636)