|June 1, 2000||A Laboratory Newspaper at Cleveland State University||Volume 2 Issue 1|
CSU trustees plan 6 percent tuition hike for fall
By Nathan Sheeran
The Cleveland State University Board of Trustees approved a six percent increase in tuition effective as of the Fall 2000 semester during a committee meeting on Friday, May 26.
The tuition increase will affect all students, undergraduate, graduate and law, part-time and full-time. Six percent is roughly twice the increase that CSU has seen in its tuition over the past couple of years according to University Interim Provost James McLoughlin.
McLoughlin said Tuesday, May 30 in an interview that CSU’s tuition increases have been some of the lowest of all the educational institutions in the state, and that to continue to be competitive, CSU must increase tuition at this rate.
McLoughlin, said some of the reasons for the increase are to improve the quality of programs offered by CSU, to provide more quality faculty and staff, to use for general upkeep and maintenance concerns, and to continue to improve the level of technology available to the university.
University President Claire Van Ummersen cited several more reasons behind the increase during a telephone interview Tuesday May 30. She cited an increase in utility costs because of expanded energy use and the cost of the new Urban College, new technology and new programs for the university.
“We’ve reached the point where the program quality of the university
needed to increase,” said Van Ummersen. She continued added that the tuition
increase will allow CSU the opportunity to make those improvements.
Both Van Ummersen and McLoughlin cited increasing library costs for
materials and technology as additional reasoning behind the tuition increase.
When asked if he thought that the tuition increase would adversely affect
the University’s enrollment, McLoughlin said that it wouldn’t. “We (CSU)
are so inexpensive in the area and throughout the state, that it won’t
hurt enrollment,” McLoughlin said.
Carey encourages grads to set goals
By Krysta Roberto
Drew Carey, Cleveland native and star of two top-rated television programs, “The Drew Carey Show” and “Who’s Line is it, Anyway?” addressed the Cleveland State University Class of 2000 on May 7. Carey,
Actor-comedian Drew Carey told urban affairs, education and business administration graduates that to achieve they must set goals. CSU graduated 2,471 seniors in two commencement ceremonies on May 7. The center of attention, received cheers and a standing ovation from graduates as he approached the podium.
Carey attributed his accomplishments in life to goal setting, and stressed that if graduates set goals they will achieve. He said that people who set goals and achieve them are more successful than those who don’t. His humor also appeared when he talked about what comes next in life for the graduates, nothing they would have a “crappy place to live, lots of bills and a bad car.”
Carey also said that one thing he has realized that it is not money that makes him happy, because his best times have been just hanging out with his friends. He also noted that having a Porsche is still fun, but he could live with out it.
Carey advised graduates that the diploma is just a piece of paper, but what’s in their heads and hearts is what really matters and that will take them far in life. He urged them to utilize the knowledge they gained at Cleveland State and to apply it to every day life.
At a press conference held between the morning and afternoon graduation ceremonies, Carey said that he thinks it is thrill to come home to Cleveland. When asked about his career, he replied, “It’s the best of a number of professions.”
Concerning college, Carey said, “I goofed off a lot when I was young.” Carey attended Kent State University, but did not graduate. When he mentioned Kent State in his speech, there was a huge cheer from the graduates. “Oh, I see there’s a lot of second chancers from Kent here,” said Carey.
Carey proved his intelligence to the world on the hit television show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” in April when he won $500,000, which he donated to the Ohio Library Council. Carey compared the Internet to the library. He said it amazes him that people are so fascinated by what they can find on the Internet when all the same stuff is available at any local library and access to that is free. Carey said a book of jokes he took out of his local library when he was younger sparked his interest in his career.
When asked what it was like being on “Who Want’s to be a Millionaire?” he said it was fun and nerve-racking. He reached the million-dollar question, and said he had a hunch, but if he were wrong, the risk of losing the money he had earned was too high. He also said it made him feel good that he knew the answer anyway.
On what an honorary doctorate degree will do for him in life, he said
he could now go up to women and say, “Hey, baby, I’m a doctor.” Carey’s
overall advice for life to the graduates was simply: “Go as far as you
can see and you can always see farther.”
Changes continue at Rhodes Tower
By Matt Bohach
The noise and the dust continue as CSU undergoes various summer construction projects.
The concrete canopies that cover the stairs that go down to the Visitor’s Garage and the street in front of Rhodes Tower will be gone come mid-July. The two sets of stairs in front of the building also will be demolished, opening up that space.
New lighting fixtures will also brighten the area.
The stairs closest to the Rhodes Tower entrance will be widened, flared out, and curved. These more graceful stairs will get new tiles to replace the old, slippery ones.
According to full-time university architect Edward Schmittgen, the $2.8 million addition to the west end of Rhodes Tower is on schedule. The noise and rumbling there is necessary to complete the project on time, said construction managers. Noise should lessen as the project nears completion.
Gray granite blocks are currently being mortared onto the base of the
new entrance and elevator tower at the west end of Rhodes Tower.
Renovation will soon spread to University Center. The third-floor
will receive a facelift similar to the fourth-floor and fifth-floor renovations.
The steps near East 24th Street have been demolished. This small project should be done within the next week or so, said Schmittgen.
Cleveland State first in nation to apply watch programs to university
By Barbara Green
Did you know Cleveland State University pioneered the first crime prevention
program designed for colleges and universities during the early 1980s?
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