The budget for Portland State’s student groups came down to the wire Wednesday night as the student government senate voted to pass an updated budget to fund groups and programs next fiscal year, just five days before it was due to the university president for approval.
A potential budget disaster was averted Tuesday night as the Associated Student of Portland State University’s judicial board decided not to invalidate meetings of the student fee committee, even though it found that the SFC had not complied with the public notice requirements of Oregon’s Public Meetings Law.
Portland State student government’s judicial board is asking the Associated Students of Portland State University’s student fee committee to provide evidence that meetings they held over the last year complied with Oregon’s Public Meeting Law and the ASPSU constitution.
Portland State’s already contentious budget process became more complicated Friday after the PSU student government judicial board invalidated Wednesday’s Associated Students of Portland State University student senate meeting.
Because of declining enrollment, a flat student fee and the creation of new fee-funded services and programs such as a Veterans Resource Center, the Student Fee Committee chose to decrease funding nearly across the board. Student leaders, such as publications editors and managers, will see dramatic pay cuts during the 2013–14 academic year.
Support is growing in Salem for tuition equity, an idea that would, for the first time in Oregon, grant access to in-state tuition to undocumented high school graduates who meet certain requirements.
Last week saw a final push as many student groups fought to secure funding for next year and the appeals process of the Associated Students of Portland State University’s student fee committee wrapped up.
Buried within the “enrollment fees” on every Portland State student’s bills each quarter is $216 (for a 12-credit student) in “incidental fees,” which might sound like something Ticketmaster tacks on right before checkout just because they can.
Students hungering for new dining diversity at Portland State may have noticed a few more options since returning from winter break.