The Student Technology Fee Committee will hold a public forum Thursday, at 2 p.m. in Martin 158 outlining requests made by various campus groups seeking funds from the Student Technology Fund.
Some of them are the general access computer labs, the PUB computer labs, the Riverpoint computer lab and the Spokane Center lab. The Library has also put in a request for funds this year.
Ryan Kroum, chair of the Student Technology Fee Committee said that attendance at the meeting is a good way for students “to see how the student technology fee dollars are going to be working for you.”
The Student Technology Fee is a mandatory fee paid by all new students entering the university as of fall quarter 1999. Proceeds from the funds are put in the student technology fund, which is used to benefit the general population of students at Eastern. Each student pays $35 per academic quarter towards the fund.
The money collected from the student technology fee, as of right now, “has to be used for something tangible, that students can interact with in some manner,” Kroum said. “A lot of it is hardware, but some of it is software.”
The Student Tech Fee Committee has identified three priorities for money coming into the fund: Providing students who pay the fee with their own Internet account, covering the costs associated with the general access computer labs, and providing new technology services for students.
The Student Technology Fee Committee is comprised of five students. Kroum, who is the chair, three at large which are appointed by the council, and one student appointed by the general access labs.
There are four administrative faculty members who sit on this council as well.