Looking back on the week February 19-25
As Libyans halfway across the world protested the rule of their authoritarian leader Muammar Gaddafi last week, both Libyan and non-Libyan students alike supported them on campus.
From protests at the rock on Farm Lane to a vigil held the next day, students emphasized the importance of freedom of speech, peaceful protests and action on the part of U.S. officials through various public outlets.
The U.S. House of Representatives proposed a $430 million cut from the 2011 appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or CPB. Such a move could cost WKAR, MSU’s public broadcast station, up to $1.3 million.
Some argue the cuts are too much while others argue tough times call for tougher measures. WKAR officials have launched a campaign encouraging community members to speak out against such cuts.
Tuition increases might hit campus this fall if state budget proposals are passed as written. Administrators estimate tuition will increase by anywhere from 5 percent to 7 percent and cite lack of state funding as the primary cause.
Despite budgetary concerns, university officials approved seven new academic programs last week, including the pursuit of new academic endeavors in media and information and environmental engineering.
Some students voiced concerns about potential cuts to Planned Parenthood last week following a proposed amendment in Congress to cut $317 million from the organization’s budget.
Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health resources and services to local communities throughout the U.S. The proposed amendment would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding.
East Lansing City Council members discussed proposed changes to city parking structures this week, considering improvements to Lot 10, or the Division Street ramp, the University Place parking structure at 300 M.A.C. Ave. and the Grove Street ramp.
The proposed improvements would cost the city about $2 million. City officials have proposed gradually increasing parking costs and selling more lease spots within the mentioned ramps to pay for any possible construction in this area.