1981-03-20; Central Michigan Life
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.iiuii.Ui.ii.i. uui],!i I,,, ii ■ ii, I'.iiui.nf «*'£j i-.. wi 1'if^^imw^fm^mifmrvmmwvfm mmmmmmtmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm / Trustees a $3 tuition boost by TOM HENRY LIFE Stuff Writer CMU students will be paying higher tuition rates for the third consecutive semester. The Board of Trustees approved tuition increases Wednesday in addition to raising room and board costs, the late registration fee and decreasing refunds for students withdrawing from school. Michigan undergraduate students are scheduled to pay $36.50 per credit hour next fall, up $3 from the current rate. Michigan graduate students would pay $49 per credit hour. This semester's cost is $4 less, ' Out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students would be assessed $93 and $107 per credit hour, respectively, Non-Michigan undergraduates are paying $85 per credit hour this semester and graduate students are paying $98. There's a catch to the new rates, however, which could turn out to benefit students. If CMU receives a generous enough state appropriation this spring, tuition increases could be reduced from $3 to $2 for Michigan undergraduates. In addition, proportionate reductions likely would be made for the other rates. Trustees granted President Harold Abel a provision allowing him to ask the.Board for lower rate decreases if he feels the University could afford them, Abel told trustees he's likely to take such action if state legislators approve the original 14 percent increase in CMU's appropriation recommended by Gov. William G. Milliken. Milliken's recommendation has been passed in the House basically unscathed and now is being debated in the Senate, Abel explained it was necessary to approve the tuition hikes at this month's meeting with a special provision because many students participate in financial aid programs, which have deadlines inAFiL (See "Trustees"—page 13) Central Michigan LIFE Vol. 62 No. 69 .'© 1981 CM LIFE Mou,nt Pleasant, Mich. 48859 14 pages Friday, March 20,1981 CM UFEJStevan C. Jestmora Cheers A standing-room-only crowd witnessed Mount Pleasant High School come from behind to defeat Manistee in the MHSAA Class B first round quarterfinals Wednesday night in Rose Arena. For related story and picture, see page 10. Room, board rates to increase; CMU costs still lowest in state byDANDeMAY LIFE Staff Writer Even though Central's room and board rates will be on the rise next fall, Housing Operations Manager John Fisher says CMU will remain among the least expensive institutions in the state. "From the information we have as of (Wednesday)," Fisher said, "Central Michigan will be the lowest In room and board rates." Dorm residents will pay $198 more, or a total of $1,998 next year for the 20-meal plan. This figure compares with the estimated $2,011 students at Western Michigan University will be paying for 1981-82 room and board, the closest institution to Central's rates. Officials at Eastern Michigan University estimate students there will pay $2,020 in room and board next year. The 11 percent increase in room and board rates approved by CMU's Board of Trustees Wednesday reflects the increased cost of providing several residence hall services, Fisher said. "It was the desire of the President and other top administrators to stay under $2,000 (for the annual room and board bill)," he said, adding estimated increases in some services would have necessitated an even higher increase. • Several factors helped admir»i»tr«tor» to keep the increaae at 11 percent, Fisher said, "We expect operational efficiency and high occupancy to help keep it under $2,000," he explained. The biggest portion of the $198 figure will go toward the increased cost of providing residence hall personnel services, including student and staff wages and benefits. Officials estimate that of the $198 figure, an average of $81 per student per year will be applied toward the increased cost of providing these services. Moreover, an estimated $52.38 of the increase figure will go toward raw food cost increases, $45.85 for utilities, $16.76 for equipment purchases, $10.30 for University overhead costs, and an estimated $2.50 will be applied to telephone cost increases. Again, these are average annual per student figures. Fisher noted when these estimated figures are added, the sum is nearly $209, somewhat higher than the approved year-long increase of $198. But, he explained, since the Board wanted to keep the total annual room and board bill under $2,000 per student, and because anticipated operational efficiency and expanded occupancy next fall will be working in their favor, the Board approved the 11 percent increase. Students living in one-bedroom units at Preston Apartments will pay $1,050 per person annually, compared to the current $897 per student annual bill. Two-bedroom units at Preston will go for $1,000 per student annually. Students living in two-bedroom units also pay the same rate per person now as do those in one-bedroom units. Fisher explained students who choose to live in two-bedroom units will be charged less per person than those living in the one- bedroom units beginning next fall in an effort to compensate students living in three and four-person room, adding there is no difference in the size of the front rooms in one- and two-bedroom units. Students living in Preston Apartments during summer sessions, however, should be pleased to know the weekly per person rate ' hasn't taken a jump. "We decided to hold the rate at $25 per person per week this summer," Fisher said, "and we'll also keep it the same for the following summer." Fisher noted local market values and previous less-than-full occupancy prompted administrators to hold the weekly per person rate at $25. "We'd like to fill up a little more and be more competitive," he explained. In addition, other campus housing rates also will be boosted beginning next fall, Fisher said. Students oppose hi by DAN DeMAY LIFE Staff Writer The fact 1981-82 room and board rates will be 11 percent steeper isn't thrilling some CMU students. "I think it's pretty outrageous," said Ruth Haveman, Holland sophomore. "But I'm moving off next year and that's one reason why." Haveman said she's not aware of the University's expenditures, but added she didn't know of any other way besides raising room and board and tuition rates in order to keep pace with rising costs. David Platz, Sterling Heights sophomore, was equally displeased with the rate hike. "My financial solvency isn't very good," Platz said. "I'm behind on my payments now. I'm in the process of going to financial aids for a second loan, and as far as I'm concerned I won't be living in the residence hall next year. "If they decreased the residence hall student work study they'd save some money," Platz theorized. "Then they could lower rates so some students wouldn't need to work. If they don't do something they'll be digging their own grave." < Platz said the University could save money in another way—by reducing some faculty wages. "I've seen the wages of some of the professors and it was unbelievable," he said. "There were too many which were too high," Platz added. "It sucks," was Sue Ajemian's •reaction to the room and board rate jump. "I'm not on financial aid and I don't want my dad to have to pay for it," the Kalamazoo freshman said. The fact CMU has among the lowest room and board rates in the state, though, is one reason she said she will remain here next year. "But the way the economy is, I guess they have to raise the rates," Ajemian added. (See "Reaction"—page 13) Freshman enrollments close earlier than ever byLiZBROHAN LIFE Staff Writer An overwhelming amount of freshman applications received this year have resulted in the earliest closing of freshman admissions in CMU's history. The Admissions Office was swamped with more, than 10,000 applications and ended up rejecting more than 6,000 after deciding the Fall 1981 freshmen class will consist of 3,200 students, said Admissions Director Michael Owens. Beginning Tuesday Owens' office will send out letters to all Michigan high school principals and guidance officers notifying them of the early closing. The only freshman applications that still will be considered include students who are veterans, adults, outstanding scholars or those belonging to a minority. Other applications to be considered consist of students who possess special talents. This is left open mainly for spring sports recruiting purposes. "Success tends to breed success," Owens said. "You can only remain popular if you deliver education that people are pleased with." Another factor Owens cited for CMU's gain in popularity was its location coupled with the word- of-mouth encouragement from students and alumni. "Our own students are our best recruiters," Owens said, "and we have taken a lot of pride in this success." Owens said the only other state college that (See "Enroll"—page 13) In Brief Physical education classes scheduled tor the last six weeks of the semester begin Monday. Check the course selection guide for more information. Campus People who have six or more outstanding parking tickets may face some stiff penalties. page 5 ' Harry ChapinV visit to CMU Sunday may be calmer than his last, page 6 Sports The Mount Pleasant Oilers advanced to the Class B high school semifinals today in AnnArbOr. page 10 Index Arts and Leisure ......,,. 6 Classifieds 13 Comment 4 DoonesbUry 4 Horoscope. k «.... 13 Off the Wire 2 Sports 10 Spotlife,. 13 n tit m mm*mmimkBiobBHit 4 ••-fe-S*--!^--."'
|Title||1981-03-20; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, March 20, 1981 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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