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Police Blotter – March 24, 2010

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Man wanted in connection with vehicle burglaries

Bryce Bencivengo

March 24, 2010

The St. Edward's University Police Department is on the lookout for a suspect in connection with a burglary of a vehicle that occured Wednesday morning. Surveillance cameras caught the individual in the campus parking garage at appro...

University officials say tuition hikes fair

Michael McNally

March 22, 2010

St. Edward's University officials are defending the new tuition increase for the 2009-2010 academic year. Officials say that, despite the tuition hike, the university is still less expensive than other universities of the same ed...

Homecoming costs remain stable

Allison Sanders

March 22, 2010

The cost of Homecoming did not significantly increase in 2010, despite an increase in event programming. The Homecoming Committee received funding from Student Life's allocated budget to spend on Homecoming celebrations this year, an...

St. Edward’s students skeptical about new MetroRail

Sam Farias

March 22, 2010

Students have doubts about the newly opened Capital MetroRail. Due to its operating schedule and ticket prices, students at St. Edward's University are likely to find the new railway an inconvenient method of transportation. Th...

Faculty Senate green-lights plan for childcare

Megan Ganey

March 22, 2010

The Faculty Senate has moved forward with a plan to provide childcare for faculty and staff on or nearby St. Edward's University. Following months of research, the Faculty Senate's Childcare Committee recommended taking the plan f...

New classes have gained student interest

Jake Hartwell

March 22, 2010

St. Edward's University introduced two new minors at the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year and 15 new courses in the spring semester. Student interest indicates that the minors and courses are meeting expectations. Jewish S...

Student government passes array of legislation

Haleigh Svoboda

March 9, 2010

During the March 4 Student Government Association meeting, the majority of the resolutions related to environmental sustainability or school spirit passed or are up for first reading. The SGA passed four resolutions: S.R. 104 Don'...

Environmental Club seeks to create green fee

Kathleen Naderer

March 8, 2010

    Correction Appended Students at St. Edward's University may be asked to dole out greenbacks to go green. The Environmental Club is looking to create a green fee, which would fund eco-friendly projects at St. Edward's University to help reduce the university's impact on the environment. Potential projects involve increasing recycling, using clean energy and expanding the Environmental Club's community garden. "We're behind other universities sustainability-wise," said Portia Odell, president of the Environmental Club. "I hope that students understand and realize that now is the time to take action and set an example for sustainability." The conflict between being green and saving money is expected to play a role in the green fee's campaign. The amount of the fee and whether it will be mandatory has not been decided but would be a student-based decision. Odell said she would like the fee to be $20 per year for each student, but that the number would but that it would depend on student input. The biggest obstacle the green fee will face is the fact that the campaign makes its debut on the heels of Bon Appétit's new policy, which requires all full-time undergraduate students to purchase a minimum $100 mandatory meal plan. The negative reaction to the increased cost of tuition might also carry over to the green fee campaign, as students have generally been unreceptive to increased fees. In 2008, St. Edward's President George Martin and the Student Government Association explored the possibility of signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The agreement required specific benchmarks regarding sustainability. Martin formed a committee on the issue of sustainability, which still meets, but he never signed the agreement. SGA President Meghan Kuentz said this year in her state of the campus address that some students have expressed an interest in increasing the amount of recycling bins on campus. Likewise, the use of clean energy and energy-efficient products has been a popular topic among students. In October 2009, students expressed concern over the effect that Austin Energy's decision to provide more clean energy would have on utility rates. Some students showed a desire to be eco-friendly, but many were also concerned about the costs associated with "going green." Odell expressed hope that the fee would allow the Environmental Club to expand the garden on campus. Odell said she believed that the Environmental Club could sell produce to Bon Appétit, but such a plan would be small in scale. It is uncertain when students would begin seeing changes across the campus. The fee would require a lot of paperwork. Right now the campaign consists of advertising and creating student surveys. "We want students to know what we're doing and why we're doing it," Odell said. In order to begin the process of adding a green fee, 20 percent of the student body must support the proposal. If the campaign receives the support of over 460 students, the amount of the fee will be put up to vote. Once an amount has been determined, the Environmental Club will present a green fee proposal to SGA. Odell predicted that, if students approved the fee, it would not go into effect until the 2011-2012 school year. Green fees have been added to the tuition costs of other universities across the country. The Green Initiative Fund, TGIF for short, at the University of California at Santa Barbara would be the model for the potential green fee at St. Edward's. UCSB students voted for TGIF in 2006, adding $2.60 to their semester tuition. This gave UCSB an additional $182,000 for green projects on the campus. Other universities' green fees vary from $1 per semester at the Community College of Denver to upwards of $45 per semester at University of the South. Some participating universities in 2009 included Harvard at $5.00 per semester, UC Berkeley at $5 per year, Rice University at $9 per semester, Humboldt State University at $10 per semester, and The College of William and Mary at $30 per semester.   [email protected] CORRECTION: The 20 percent of the student body figure is incorrect. The Environmental Club is looking to survey 20 percent of the student body in order to gain an accurate survey and judge how to move forward on the green fee.

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