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Housing rates to rise $150

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By Bruce Fox

A $150 increase in next year’s dormitory rates was approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees at a meeting Wednesday.

Board Chairman Donald Blinkon cited inflation as the primary reason for the dorm rate hike. Assemblyman Mark Siegel and Senator Kenneth LaValle, both chairmen of legislative higher education committees, sent letters prior to the meeting urging the trustees to postpone the dorm rate hike vote one month “to give students a chance to learn of the proposal.”

SASU President Jim Stern echoed this concern, charging that “the previous hike last May was voted on before students knew about it, and now they’re doing it again.”

Trustee James Warren defended the board’s decision to increase dorm rates as being the only “responsible” thing to do.

“I can’t see what we would gain by postponement,” he said. “We have no choice in this matter — the figures don’t lie.”

Stern said he wasn’t sure whether figures justified the dorm rate hike or not, since administrators have so I in declined to show him any figures.

According to SASU Organizing Director Bruce Cronin, the decision of the trustees was “not unexpected.” He said the trustees were likely to approve all items proposed in Governor Hugh Carey’s budget message for 1981-82, and the room rate increase was just one item among many.

SASU’s next step, Cronin said, is to try to prevent Carey’s proposed budget for SUNY from winning legislative approval. He anticipates a massive lobbying effort, Other SUNY-widc rate Increases proposed in Governor Carey’s budget include:

  • A tuition rate increase amounting to as much as $300 per student.
  • A board rate increase totaling more than $3 million.
  • A $300 room rent charge for all Residence Assistants {ending the current “free room ” policy.)

Cutbacks proposed by the Governor include:

  • A reduction of $502,000 In the Student Loan Program.
  • A reduction of more than $2 million in foreign student and graduate student tuition waivers.

According lo SUNYA Vice President for Finance and Business John Hartigan, the particular cutbacks facing SUNYA are not as “acute” as they were last year.

However, Hartigan said that one of the biggest threats to SUNYA’s welfare is the lack of money available for building repairs. “The condition of the podium root, especially around the Campus Center, is becoming critical,” he said.

According to Hartigan, SUNYA requested just over $7.5 million for 1981-82. Governor Carey’s budget calls for an allocation to SUNYA of approximately $6 million.

As a result, SUNYA will face reductions in supplies and equipment totaling more than $300,000. In addition, ten positions will be eliminated, including five faculty positions, two student services positions, two general services positions, and one library position.  

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