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Editorial: When action brings change

On May 1, 2012

There's nothing more righteous than fighting for what you believe in, and that's exactly what dozens of sports club members did last week.
By showing up at Tuesday's AS meeting, they directly influenced budget decisions, restoring their funding and terminating the proposed $28 sports club fee.
While we often feel our voices aren't being heard regarding the incessant budget cuts, a little persuasion went a long way for sports club members. In fact, the meeting's results surprised some of the athletes.
No student wants to pay unnecessary fees. However, saving sports club members a little cash led to cuts in other crucial areas. Why didn't they compromise? Perhaps cuts that resulted in only a $10 fee could have been more fair and balanced.
Nothing in life is free. Even the free samples at Costco come with an annual membership fee. Many clubs on campus already require fees to participate for various reasons. While it's always fun to get something for nothing, it's becoming something of a luxury in these budgetary times.
Fees are not our friends. They are like bees, except after they sting us, they don't die; they continue to grow. Tacking on any fees to sports club members is less than ideal. However, taking funds from the tutorial center and slashing the office supply allotment to fund an extra-curricular activity maybe wasn't the best solution.
After all, this is $28 we are talking about. That's about the same price as a night out at the Cotati Crawl. If it's something they are passionate about, students will scrape up a few dollars.
It's easy to side with the athletes, until you realize that the AS budget is only so big and money saved in one area must come from somewhere else.
The financial decisions AS made may or may not have been what's best for the university. What's most impressive about the situation is the way the athletes fought for what they believed in. They didn't just complain to their friends. They didn't just whine on Facebook. As students, they followed their rights and saw results in their favor.
It seems students are finally worked up enough to go to AS and make their voices heard. But at some point, it's going to take more than impressive attendance to save funding.

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