I request that you deny the student athletic fee increase at Utah State University on the basis of an unfairly biased election process.
Read this and tell me it's not biased. This is what appeared on the ballot.
The university took an active role in promoting this fee increase.New Fee for Intercollegiate Athletics ProgramThis $65 student fee increase allows students to: Assist in securing Aggie Athletics membership in the WAC and NCAA division 1A now and into the future. Continued free admission to Men’s basketball games. Students are guaranteed 39% of the Men’s basketball seating in the Spectrum. Assist in stabilizing the annual budget, sustaining successful sports programs and improving others. Continued free admission to Football games. Students are guaranteed 25% of the football seats in Romney Stadium. Continued free admission to all other intercollegiate sporting events. (These percentages are among the highest in the nation and your benefit is valued at between $730 -$1,520 per year). Continued opportunities to purchase married student discounts for spouse. Enrich the quality of student life by maintaining successful athletics at USU. I agree with this proposed student fees increase of $65 per semester.
- HURD and ASUSU members, as well as student athletes, were told to campaign for it.
- The university website encouraged students to “Vote for the New Student Fee for Intercollegiate Athletics Program.”
- The referendum was held a week after regular student elections, so fewer votes would be cast and stacking the ballot box would be easier.
- Nearly all grassroots posters and fliers urging students to "vote no" were systematically removed and thrown in the trash.
I just sent this letter to the Board of Regents, who will decide on Thursday or Friday whether to approve the fee increase. If you would like to send such a letter yourself, and you live in Cache Valley, email Teresa Theurer. If you live elsewhere in the state, check this site for contact procedures.