Graduating students should not fund future school projects

By Reynaldo Dueeas

Throughout the years, Cal Poly Pomona has gone through many changes. The university has added new buildings and received new campus shuttles. Year after year, the number of students and faculty increases, and many new faces are seen. Things like modern projector boards, which can be found in the new College of Business Administration building that opened in early 2012, have left students contempt. It seems that the university has nowhere else to go but up.

The transformation and development seen serve for the better of the university. Students may think that the university feels updated and rejuvenated with all of its changes occurring, but many fail to question where the funding for these changes around campus comes from. We the students are the reason for many if not all of these changes.

Through the course of five years, CPP’s student tuition fee has increased at least three times. With these fee increases, the university has added some new buildings as well as the reconstruction of some older buildings. Many students like myself think this is unfair and that students should not have to pay for the university’s projects.

More importantly, those students who will have graduated from the university once projects reach completion should not have to pay for such projects. For example, student fees funded the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex. It is unfair that students like myself, who have visited the BRIC once or twice since its opening, have to pay for such projects.

Above all, students graduating the year the BRIC began construction did not have the opportunity to enjoy any of its services. Students were never asked for approval on the project before the fee increase, but the university went along with the project.

Another noticeable increase that occurred consecutively for the past five years is the increase in parking permits. Parking and Transportation Services has stated year after year that the reason for the increase in price is to allow for the development of the current parking garage and lots around campus. Still, the parking lots have looked the same for five years now. No cameras have been added, and the same number of parking spots is available to students.

In the midst of this all, PTS has issued yet another increase to fund for a new parking garage, which will be located off of Temple Avenue and University Drive. Once again, students like myself who will be gradating will not benefit from this new parking garage. Still, we are all being equally charged more for parking permits.

CPP has already made a statement in regards to new dormitories. How will this be funded? Although nothing has been said, we can expect yet another increase for student fees.

It is unfair that current students have to pay for the university’s future projects. The university needs to find a way for graduating students, who will not benefit from future projects and services, to dodge the increases in student fees.


Sungah Choi / The Poly Post


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