The following is a guest report written by Will Ferguson at Monday’s tuition hearing at the Harvill Building. Ferguson is currently an intern at the Tucson Weekly and is the former Arizona Daily Wildcat assistant news editor and administration beat writer.
Also, check out The Mad Fee Party’s official statement here, at the Desert Lamp.
By Will Ferguson
To call Monday night’s Arizona Board of Regents tuition hearing a packed house would be a serious understatement.
The small conference room in Harvill—where UA president Robert Shelton, Regent Rick Meyers (sitting in for the absent Regent Dennis DeConcini), student representatives and registered speakers addressed a row of video monitors—quickly filled up past capacity.
Forty-one registered speakers waited their turn to speak. Many of them had to suffice with a letter to the Regents due to time constraints on the hearing.
Two additional rooms were opened in order to accommodate the multitude of students, faculty and community members who wanted to hear first-hand the reasoning behind a proposed tuition increase—a process that University of Arizona President Shelton said “has been transparent throughout the discussion.
- Just another chance to blame the legislature for all the UA’s problems
“We had planned for and accepted a $40 million reduction in state funds,” Shelton said. “In reality, the UA has sustained a 100 million dollar cut, a 25 percent reduction—more than double what we had anticipated.
“We cannot further diminish the quality of the UA.”