Students Against the Green Fund
A bill was recently passed by the Ole Miss ASB raising tuition by $2 per semester to go towards a "green fund". That provides the university with approximately $64,240 a year from undergraduate students. Through the ASB senate meeting it was stated that the green fund has been optional in the past and labeled as a "donation". Only 1.6% of students chose to make this donation. Furthermore, the extra money we are paying for tuition will not benefit the student body in any way. The green fund will supposedly save this already rich university money, which in turn should make tuition cheaper. Unfortunately, tuition is being raised. If the green fund is going to save the University money, won't it just pay for itself? The university already allocates $15,000 a year for the green fund, but now, with the passing of this bill, we, the student body, will be the main attributers to this fund if not the only attributers. Basically the university is removing the green funds they already provide and putting it on the students to pay for it. Not only does the bill make us pay for it, it makes us pay for a 100% increase in the funding. I would also like to point at that they(The ASB and University) have no written plans for how these funds will be used. They have only discussed ideas such as helping to fund solar powered golf carts, which most of the student body would never use. If the university clearly doesn't support this fund and are saving themselves money why should we support it? The bottom line is it's not about the money, but the principle of where the money is going.