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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on July 7, 2007, in response to the Camera’s question: Are state legislators making too much out of the high cost of some speakers brought to the University of Colorado?

State Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, raised an interesting question regarding whether University of Colorado students should be required to pay for campus speakers, many of whom he feels indoctrinate students in off-beat political causes. The proof either way would be to carefully look at the ratio of liberal versus conservative speakers brought to CU. I strongly doubt it is balanced. I appreciate Regent Tom Lucero for questioning the balance as well. Is the lack of balance an attempt at indoctrination? Maybe. It could also be an oversight that needs to be remedied.

One problem with finding a remedy is that CU’s student union leaders, who handle a $33.8 million annual budget and who spent $160,000 in April to bring in Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary general, make decisions with little or no oversight. They’ve got too much power with seemingly little regard for hardworking parents and students who struggle to pay for college. Most CU students face a 14.6-percent tuition increase this fall. That translates $4,044 for an arts and sciences student taking 15 credits or $2,709 if that same student applied for and authorized the College Opportunity Fund vouchers. For many students, that’s up approximately $665 a semester from last year.

Maybe even a bigger problem than the lack of diversity in speakers brought to CU is its mandatory student fees that will see a 2.6 percent increase this fall. They require that students support causes they may not personally support or don’t have the funds to support now. The list is long and can be viewed online at http://www.colorado.edu/bursar/now/mandfeesfall07.html. Approval for these fees by CU Regents and UCSU leaders shows a disregard for students’ diverse political and social viewpoints at a basic level, their pocketbooks. Where’s the remedy for that?

*This title was not part of the original Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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