During the past few weeks, ASBSU executive council members have addressed multiple issues that directly affect many students at Boise State.
Currently, Boise State receives two-thirds of state funding compared to other state funded centers for higher education. ASBSU president Ryan Gregg and associates are meeting with a public relations firm to discuss the possibility of creating a public campaign to create awareness about the funding inequality Boise State experiences.
“We’re going to be, as a student association, undergoing an extensive educational campaign for students, community members, and legislators, because about a third of our legislature is turning over,” Gregg said in the Oct. 30 meeting with the executive council. “There will be a third of the whole group that are brand new people that don’t know anything about this issue. We want to make sure they know about it, we want to make sure students know about it, we want to make sure community folks know about it.”
Gregg and associates addressed the fact that Boise State must continue to increase tuition fees in response to growth and inequality in state funding.
Many upper division students struggle to find courses needed for degree completion that have available classroom space, and are offered year round at various times. Upper division students often must wait longer to graduate, solely because the classes needed to graduate are simply not as available as lower division courses.
Gregg and associates believe a public campaign directed toward state funding inequality can promote Idaho legislators to create laws to level the playing field for Boise State students.
The parking and transportation department has proposed student involvement in an international bicycle database that is believed to help prevent theft, and recovery stolen property.
If approved by the ASBSU assembly, students interested in the program will be required to pay a small fee which includes two bar code stickers that can be placed anywhere on bicycle frames.
These bar codes can help law enforcement fight interstate trafficking of stolen bikes, and in some cases can help police return stolen property to its rightful owner.
“We have parking/transportation coming to present a program that can lower the amount of bikes stolen on campus,” said Secretary of External Affairs Jace Whitaker in the Oct. 30 meeting.
Extension of library hours
ASBSU members have been coordinating with Albertsons Library staff to address student concerns that library hours are not meeting their needs.
Library officials argue an extension of hours presents multiple issues for staff, and needs further consideration and planning before being implemented.
“I feel that they are taking the steps toward (implementing) it. This is an issue students want taken care of now,” Whitaker said on Oct. 30 regarding talks with library officials.
Peggy Cooper, Interim Dean of Albertsons Library, said she is very pleased that students are interested in taking advantage of the resources. Cooper also noted that extension of hours would require additional staff to attend to students needs, and security to protect students coming to and from the library at late hours, plans that require some time and planning to implement.
Cooper could not be seen for a full interview as of now, due to business out of town, but said she plans on continuing work with President Gregg and associates.
Golden Apple Award
Shaila Schmidt, secretary of academic affairs, announced that ASBSU is now accepting nomination submissions for the Golden Apple award for teacher excellence in and out of the classroom.
Students who would like to offer submissions can do so by visiting the ASBSU website or stopping by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center located in the Student Union Building.
The award is sponsored by ASBSU and has a long standing tradition of recognizing teaching excellence.
“This is the 26th year it has been offered,” Schmidt said.
Deadline for submissions is Dec. 26.