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CFA unable to achieve difficult goal
salary increase forced members
to raise fees despite promises
By Kim Sweet
For most students, $ 14 goes a long
Fourteen dollars can buy a pizza, a
couple of 12-packs or a compact disc.
But next year, students will use
that $14 to pay for the CFA-approved
increase in student fees.
Despite a pledge to hold the line
on fees, the Committee for Fees
Allocation voted Tuesday to increase
student fees, mostly because of a
state-mandated salary hike.
CFA initially received requests
that would have raised fees to more
than $255. Tuesday night, the com
mittee trimmed the final budgets to
make the fees hit $254.
The vote resulted in a $14
increase. Because most students
could think of a million ways to spend
$14, CFA members strive to account
for every last penny.
And members say penny-pinching
isn’t an easy task. Kourtney Mueller
had some experience working on a
budget in high school.
As a member of the Nebraska
Association of Student Councils,
Mueller was partly responsible for
putting together the budget.
After being appointed to this
year’s CFA, Mueller put some of her
skills to work. But the amount of
money allocated to the organization
pales in comparison to the $ 10 million
Mueller and other CFA members are
in charge of distributing.
Mueller and 10 other CFA mem
bers learned that doling out the $10
million students pay in fees every year
is no easy task.
Some, like Mueller, have found
that while accounting classes or past
experience with budgets has helped,
nothing could prepare them for the
job they faced over the last year.
“No one really knows what they
are getting into and how much time it
takes,” said junior Amy Rol, an off
campus representative to CFA.
Beginning their terms last fall,
CFA members toured campus facili
ties to see what services students
received for every dollar spent.
Members also learned what being
a CFA member entailed, said Paul
Schreier, CFA chairman.
“That’s basically what first semes
ter is—school for CFA,” Schreier said.
“All we do is find out what our jobs
After learning the system, CFA
was ready to hear budget presenta
Keeping the budgets tight was
something Schreier said was an
important goal, and it resulted in a res
olution that pledged to keep fees low,
after last year’s 16.8 percent increase.
This year the fees will increase 5.8
Lean budgets also were a priority
because of the Nebraska Legislature’s
biennial salary increase, Schreier
A 4 percent salary increase for all
state employees was included in this
Marlene Beyke, ASUN director of
development and CFA adviser, said
CFA had never resolved to hold the
line on spending before this year.
“That set the tone for the entire
year,” Beyke said. “They have been
Campus Recreation director Stan
Campbell said he was nervous after
hearing about the flat spending reso
“Structurally, we would have had
to reduce the scope of services we
offer,” Campbell said.
After hearing budget proposals,
committee members faced what some
said has been the hardest part of the
job - deciding what part of the bud
gets can stay and what parts have to
Rol, who said she joined CFA
because she was concerned about
high student fees, has observed first
hand the difficulty of the budget
$14 student fee hike set for fall
pending administrative OKs
CFA from page 1
$255 was too high, the committee
addressed each hind user one by one
and began making cuts.
The committee decided to cut the
increase from the Campus
Recreation facility fee from $1 to 50
The decrease will provide less
funding for future improvement pro
jects, such as repairing tennis courts
and fields, said Campus Recreation
Director Stan Campbell.
After the University Program
Council was hit by an initial 7.5 per
cent decrease in its budget request,
CFA voted to add another 3.5 percent
cut to the UPC budget to make the
cut an even 10 percent
Woodford said the cut would
force UPC to evaluate which pro
grams are really important and
which ones will actually draw stu
“I don’t want UPC to go away, I
want them to shape up,” Woodford
After making cuts to Campus
Recreation and UPC, the committee
dropped another 2.5 percent undi
rected cut on the Student
Involvement portion of the Nebraska
CFA member Paul Schreier, who
made a motion for die cut, said it will
“You want everything the fee
users have to offer, but you have to
make a decision,” Rol said.
While CFA failed to fulfill the res
olution they passed at the beginning
of the semester, Schreier said it was a
goal CFA expected to fall short.
“Every year, it seems through
ASUN campaigns people say ‘We’ve
got to lower student fees,”’ Schreier
send the message to Student
Involvement that it needs to be more
“We don’t want to cripple the
office - it does serve a vital func
tion,” Schreier said. “But given the
size and magnitude of die operation
and die way students are using it, we
need to ask for more efficiency.”
Marilyn Bugenhagen, director of
Student Involvement, said the
decrease would most likely take
CFA voted to accept the
approved budgets for the Daily
Nebraskan and the Association of
Students of the University of
The two resulted in a 9 cent and
34 cent increase respectively, with
the 4 percent legislative increase fig
said. “But I think people are willing to
pay fees as long as they can get some
thing for them,” he said.
With that philosophy in mind,
CFA forced fee users to come up with
strong justification for budget
increase requests, Campbell said.
James Griesen, vice chancellor for
student affairs and CFA adviser, said
the committee asked questions and
looked at each fee user, ensuring stu
With the salary increase still
pending in the legislature, Griesen
said it is possible that the increase
would be less than 4 percent.
If the increase ends up to be less
than 4 percent, Griesen said that stu
dent fees could go down another dol
After voting to accept the budget,
which will gamer $10,336,258 from
students next year, fund A and fund B
users can come forward to CFA with
appeals to the budget.
The meeting will take place on
Thursday at 7 p.m. Once the appeals
are taken into consideration, the
committee will present the budget to
ASUN will vote on the budget
dents got the most for their money.
“I think they’ve been very astute,”
Griesen said. “They’ve raised the
right questions and probed deeply.”
The one-year term each CFA
member serves will be complete after
the student senate approves the 1999
2000 budget March 10. The budget
will then go on to Chancellor James
Moeser and the Board of Regents for
I think we could have cut fees more.
I think we could have saved
students more money\ but this committee
decided not to do that.”
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