The Student Fee Advisory Committee will meet on Friday to compile a recommendation for University President Jane Close-Conoley, who will make the final decision regarding the issue of a University Student Union fee increase.
“I’m absolutely siding with the students,” Conoley said via telephone after the voting results were announced. She said she would expect to receive a recommendation from the SFAC in about two weeks. “I’m fairly confident that with a 67 percent negative vote, they’re going to send me a negative recommendation.” Conoley said that based on her initial assessment of the voter turnout and the majority opinion, she would most likely accept a negative recommendation.
“This is the highest voter turnout in the CSULB history,” Taylor said, regarding the 34.1 percent of CSULB students who voted via email on this referendum.
Of the votes cast, 7,666 (63.53 percent) opposed against the fee increase, and 3,765 (31.20 percent) favored it. The remaining 635 votes recored came in as blank, which reflected students who chose the “skip” option at the bottom of the email ballot. The official voting period began at midnight on Feb. 24 and ended at midnight on Feb. 26.
According to an Associated Students Inc. media release, ASI Executive Director Richard Haller said regarding the results, “We are amazed by the turnout and proud of our students for being so engaged.”
University Student Union Director Dr. Dave Edwards said, according the ASI release, “The end result wasn’t what we were hoping for, but I am extremely happy that students had a voice in the process and that CSULB exceeded the national trends in student voter engagement.”
“I have, for obvious reasons, kept a distance from this referendum effort,” Conoley said via email on Tuesday. “Although I … understand the pulse of the students’ opinions.”
The SFAC will meet on Friday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in USU 205.