Senate recommends removal of employee salary increase from tuition hike

The past semester was filled with trials for President Regina Martel and the rest of ASCSU.“It’s hard to know what you are going to be faced with,” said Martel.

Ultimately, Martel believes that ASCSU has done its job.

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“Because of the team we have in place right now I think that ASCSU completely rose to the occasion,” Martel said. “We have a lot of work in the coming semester, the progress has been phenomenal.”

Of the work that ASCSU has coming this spring, Senate passed a piece of major legislation that could have great impact on later Senate sessions.

The resolution that passed Wednesday night recommends that a proposed 9 percent increase in tuition be decreased to an amount that would not include an increase in employee salaries.

“This may be the most important piece of legislation we vote on this year,” said Lindon Belshe, director of governmental affairs.

The recommendation made by Senate will play a significant role later on as ASCSU’s tuition task force continues to work toward a more significant stance against a raised tuition.

The tuition task force will present its recommendation and findings to CSU President Tony Frank on Jan. 30.

ASCSU is also looking at building on existing programs like RamRide and tackling new projects like a new bike sharing program. Martel stated that it is impossible to say only one thing is important for ASCSU this spring.

However, some feel there is always room for improvement in certain programs.

Freshman, Mya Wells, human development and family studies major, found that certain programs that ASCSU heads, like RamRide, could be improved on.

“I think RamRide is very unique to campus and is very useful to students who enjoy having a little bit of fun on the weekends,” Wells said. “But I think it would be convenient for RamRide to be more timely and available for students in better circumstances such as rides to certain events.”

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Martel said that RamRide is under improvement with added start up money going to things such as new tablets and GPS systems for the cars.

Wells also said she thought that ASCSU could do a better job of reaching out to the community.

“There are several other organizations that have done a better job at building community at CSU,” Wells said. “In my first semester I heard of ASCSU, but I realized that I really didn’t know what it was about, I had to do research to find actual information on ASCSU.”

For this spring, Martel said that reaching out further to the CSU community is a part of her agenda.

“[ASCSU needs to] get out of our comfort zone and office, go to events and be a face of ASCSU so people know who we are,” Martel said.