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Southeast regents to consider bond issue for residence halls, rate increase

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Southeast Missouri State University regents will consider approving bond projects totaling $10.23 million to improve residence halls when they meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday. They will also consider raising room and board rates by 2.67 percent and consider approving a schedule of capital improvement projects for 2009.

Of the $10.23 million, $1.1 million would go toward implementing a card access system to enter dorms, $2.2 million for fire sprinklers, $1 million for elevators at Towers North and West, $1 million for windows in Towers South and East, $930,000 for new furniture and equipment at Towers Cafe and $2 million for improvements to the Greek Area, to be determined by Greeks. Another $2 million would go toward a parking lot for a new dorm being built at Henderson Avenue and Broadway. The location of the lot has not been named by university officials.

Room rates would increase by about 4 percent, but board rates would remain the same, for a combined overall increase of 2.67 percent. Rates for one academic year will range from $5,430 for Dearmont to $7,498 for Vandiver under the proposal. Last year room and board rates increased by about 5 percent.

Capital improvement projects up for approval include using $800,000 of local money to improve science labs, $2.6 million of state money to build an autism center and $612,990 of local money to create a "pedestrian plaza" between the Scully and Rhodes buildings.

The board will meet in the Missouriana Room at the University Center. Before the meeting, the regents will attend a strategic planning forum, along with about 100 community members, to discuss priorities and goals for the university over the next three to five years. The forum is by invitation only and will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

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The Greeks should pay for their own stuff.

They are private organizations, so why the h*ll are they publicly funded?

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 1:16 AM

exactly.... Semo does a lot of stupid things.... only way they can build a new dorm at Broadway and Henderson is to put it in one of the parking lots... Parking is already a huge issue... let me guess this "new parking lot" will be like the other new ones behind the Show Me Center so students have to walk 2 miles.

-- Posted by abcd on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 1:25 AM

It's a good thing that money grows on trees, or SEMO would be in a pickle. They are going to keep raising rates until a college education will be out of reach for most people.

A card system for 1.1 million? What, gold plated cards? 2.2 million for sprinklers? It sounds as if someone needs extra spending money to me. I would like to be the lucky contractor to get either one of those bids.

This just reaffirms my decision to send my son to Mizzou when he starts college. Not only will he recieve a better education, but also a less expensive one.

-- Posted by 2much on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 7:32 AM

Actually a college education has become out of reach for middle income working parents' children unless they go deep in debt...the well to do will be able to afford it...the "poor" will be subsidized by the government at taxpayers' expense...

SEMO needs to understand that cost of college does not equal quality of education...people are smart enough to know that if they are going to pay a phenomenal amount of money then they might as well send their kids to a college or university where there are more options.

Lots of high school grads in this area are considering Murray State...and also the Community colleges are a pretty good deal too

When is one of the Community colleges going to get a branch in Cape...????

-- Posted by walela on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 8:59 AM

Mizzou is much more expensive than Semo.

-- Posted by devin on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 9:48 AM

What you all forget is that the primary reason that costs for students have been steadily increasing over the past few years is that the state of Missouri funds higher education at a shameful level. Typically we are about number 48 out of 50 states. This is the cost of being a low tax state...low taxes give you poorer and more expensive services. On the campus at the Univerity of North Carolina -Chapel Hill there are currently 45 major construction projects underway, virtually none of them funded by student fees. But in Norh Carolina they invest in the future of their state.

As for parking, I think that all of the parking should be near the Show Me Center, and the campus should be completely pedestrian. Perhaps we would have a healthier student body.

-- Posted by Insider72 on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 6:10 PM

The Card System for entry, I understand. Card systems are used at most Universities and serve as a protectant to students. Sprinklers windows and furniture, needed upgrades for cost efficiency and safety of the students once again. A 2 million dollar check written out to greeks to use at their discretion........ wait did I read that right???????? What state agency gives out a large sum of money with out predetermined uses for it?????? Just another sign of very poor financial planning by the University. Why aren't the other dorms given the same opportunity to decide what they'd like their alloted funds for. This blows my mind.

-- Posted by Cap_Anson on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 7:32 PM


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