The top headline in the Wednesday Northwest Herald read,
MCC trustees weigh tuition hike
Student government representatives voice support for increase
Every year McHenry County College Board members consider whether to raise tuition and fees.
And this is at least the second time students have been strangely represented by their appointed student government.
Get on student government, you see, and you get a tuition waiver.
So, what might administrators at MCC have done to convince students to ask for the people they are supposed to represent to pay more for their education?
Not only was tuition being discussed, but a way to avoid asking taxpayers to borrow money to pay for building maintenance, improvements and additions was being supported by the students.
Students would be asked to pay “infrastructure” fees.
That’s an interesting concept:
forcing students to pay for replacing the roof, for example, rather than forcing the taxpayers to pay more.
What do readers think of that choice?
Fronting for an administration’s desires, if that was what the student government reps were doing, reminds me of my first Student Council meeting at Crystal Lake Central High School.
Way back in 1959, the first meeting of my senior year was held in a first-floor classroom.
Superintendent John Buckner asked the Council to approve a resolution that would move the smoking corner from right outside the back door next to the field house to the edge of the back parking lot.
I asked why he needed our support, couldn’t he do that on his own.
He pretty much admitted that he could.
When the motion was called i and a couple of others voted, “No.”
It seemed to me that those with the authority to make changes should take the heat, not those who only played–at best–an advisory role.