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city College Student Senate hosts the first student government public meeting of the spring 2014 semester Feb. 5 in the Student Center. Tamara M. Knox l Online Photo Photographer l [email protected]

Textbook costs, Scantron vending machines and the price of parking permit were among issues addressed Feb. 5 during City College’s Student Senate public meeting.

According to Secretary of Public Relations Gavin Fielder, the issues this spring 2014 semester are not the same as those of last semester.

“We have a few different priorities this semester,” said Fielder. “Textbook affordability—that’s one priority.”

According to Fielder, in the fall 2013 semester, the Senate petitioned for standardizing of required textbooks and that the textbooks remain persistent unless content is deemed inconsistent with curriculum. As follow-up to that request, the Senate has since drafted the Textbook Persistence Letter, introducing it as new business and read to meeting attendees.

The Textbook Persistence Letter brings to attention that City College students on average each spend in excess of $1,000 a year on textbooks. Additionally, with nearly half of the student body living at or below the poverty line, such costs present a significant barrier to the success of students.

The letter also addresses a number of practices by textbook publishers that put students at a disadvantage. For example, new textbook editions, for the most part, make older editions worthless on the resale market.

Some questioned whether the letter was a true representation of the sentiments of the City College student body as a whole. According to Fielder, the Senate formed the letter after a number of open meetings last semester.

“We’re comfortable in saying that this is the position of the student body,” said Fielder.

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“I wanted to be able to understand the cost of this machine,” said O’Neil, “to test out to see if this would be a good option.”

O’Neil said his findings indicated the machine requires costly regular up-keep that does not warrant its amount of use.

“It doesn’t balance out,” said O’Neil.

The last issue among others at the meeting was the cost of parking permits in relation to lower-income students. The matter closed with little discussion.

“I don’t think we need to fix anything that isn’t broken,” said Fielder.

For complete meeting minutes, visit the Student Senate office located in South Gym, Room 232 (SG232) during office hours. The office is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Student Senate meetings are held Wednesdays at noon in Rodda Hall North, Room 258 (RHN-258), except when in the Student Center as noted. Students are welcome to attend.

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