OSWEGO, N.Y. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ The tough financial times facing the state are also having an impact on SUNY Oswego, according to Daniel Nau.
On Monday night,
that the city would, in turn, be affected.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI feel that now, more than ever, we need good communication between the college, the students and our Oswego community,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Nau told the councilors.
The difficult economic times are a big reason why there should be more communication between the college and the city, he explained.
“I am here tonight to bring you some of the issues facing SUNY Oswego students, as well as hear any of your questions and concerns,” he said.
To facilitate more communication between SA and the city, Nau said he would like to have a student representative attend the council’s meetings, “and, if possible, I’d like to come here myself.”
A vigil was held for Angel Moreno, the SUNY Oswego student who was assaulted earlier this month outside Pizza Pub on West Bridge Street.
“It was very well attended; we had about 312 people, faculty, administrators and staff. It was a very emotional time,” he said.
A big issue facing students now is tuition.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s very tough economic times right now for New York State, as everyone knows,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Nau said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThat translates to tough economic times for SUNY Oswego as well.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Tuition could increase by $300 next semester for undergraduate New York state residents, and another $300 next fall, according to Nau.
The reason SUNY Oswego’s SA is opposed to the plan is because only 10 percent of the increase will remain at SUNY Oswego, he said.
“The impact that would have here at SUNY Oswego, and in any college town, isn’t nearly as beneficial as if you had a tuition increase and the money actually stayed on the community campus,” he noted.
Instituting a large tuition increase where the money doesn’t stay locally isn’t good for the students or their community, Nau said.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis is not just me talking as a student. It’s me talking as a concerned citizen as well,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â he said.
Fewer dollars coming into SUNY Oswego means fewer dollars coming into the Oswego community, he added.
City and college officials had a meeting earlier on Monday.
Mayor Randy Bateman said he plans to hold more meetings between city officials and representatives from the college.