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September 29, 2023

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Administration should explain tuition increase to students, building projects

With the recent two percent rise in tuition approved by the Board of Trustees, some students might not understand where the money is going and what it means as far as how their tuition money is being spent.

As students read their email from President Mary Ellen Mazey about the two percent increase in tuition, they should keep in mind what this could mean for not only current students but future students of the University.

With the new look campus is incorporating with buildings such as Centennial Hall, Falcon Heights, The Oaks, Carillon Place and the new Health Center, it seems like the University is heading in the right direction as far as creating a more appealing impression for prospective students. Many of the reconstruction and renovation projects will hopefully raise retention as opposed to current buildings with small corridors.

Yet, one thing The BG News has noticed is the lack of attention towards the history of these University buildings. While the infrastructure of these buildings, such as Hanna Hall, will remain the same, the “gutting” or renovations of the inside could cause the history of the building to be diminished. The demolition of the Popular Culture building caused an uproar with some faculty members, students and most of all, alumni who were in the program. Future students will know nothing about the history of the former building as the new Health Center will be in its place. The demolition was scheduled 12 hours after the announcement. The BG News believes above all that students have the right to know where all of this planning, cutting, fixing, building, and raising fees is coming from, and in a timely manner.

With the faculty cuts, tuition increased and demolition of buildings on campus in the past academic year, we believe the University should consider maximizing its efforts to explain where the money for these projects are coming from.

In times where the University is raising its tuition and overall fees to attend Bowling Green, coupled with faculty cuts, outsourcing and renovations it is crucial for administration to go above and beyond in explaining to students how these budgets are put together. It is just as important for students to have a greater hunger to seek out this information.

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