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    kfishMar 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks – I have a meeting with President Mullen this week; hopefully I will be able to write a follow up article about what I have learned so that more of the general student population like myself won’t be so confused. It’s great that at this school I have such an opportunity, and I agree that leaving my questioning with this article would take away my credentials as someone who genuinely cares about the answers.

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    SVKMar 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Kiley, I think you are right to question the tuition raise, to wonder where the money is going, and to try to figure out who decides how our money is spent. I hope, however, that this article is not the extent of your endeavor. While this opinion piece pokes some fun at the way our college works and our President (for whom I have deep respect), it does little solve the problem. Perhaps getting involved in ASG or GAP or MEC (Major Events Committee) would provide insight on how these processes work. All of the students that I know who were involved in the Strategic Planning process were involved in ASG or another organization in which they frequently came in contact with our administrative leaders. They also tended to be upperclassmen who were at Allegheny when much of the strategic planning took place (summer of 2009). This is probably why no freshman were included in that stage of the process.

    As Kurt pointed out, tuition does increase essentially every year at every school in America. This year’s tuition increase is also smaller than it has been in about a decade, if I understand correctly.

    I appreciate very much that you are trying to fully engage in campus life and politics in your freshman year, and that you are actively participating in how our college functions. I just hope that this satirical jab at our institution is not the end of your activism, and that you have the motivation and courage to find meaningful solutions to the problems you identified.

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    HenryFeb 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm


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    HenryFeb 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Kurt just go burned

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    AmyFeb 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I feel that most students, like me, really don’t know what the plans and reasons for the tuition increase is. By bringing that into the light, perhaps the school can give out a more accessible answer to our questions. Perhaps you, Kurt, should write a response and explain to us exactly what the plan is.

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    KurtFeb 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

    If you don’t kow much about the plan, or about why tuition increases, why are you commenting on it? Shouldn’t you research these things and then tell the rest of us about what you find? Attacking the unknown isn’t part of the Allegheny education. Every school does a Strategic plan every so often. It guides the school for 5-20 years on things like facilities upgrades, construction, academic changes, and campus community. And every school raises tuition every year, because the electric bill goes up, and so does the cost of health insurance for employees. Oh, and like, all the stuff the college buys to like, run the place, like office supplies and health center supplies and food.

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