Ransdell discusses tuition as SGA plans for upcoming spring election

Sarah Stukenborg

President Gary Ransdell made an appearance at the Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday to announce a proposal for the 2013-2014 school year.

Ransdell proposed a 5 percent increase in tuition in order for the school budget to include different departmental needs, faculty raises and more.

Cain Alvey, administrative vice president of SGA, said the senate had differing opinions over the increase. Some people understood WKU’s need for more money to support increasing expenses, while others felt there could be other options for acquiring the funds.

“From the people who spoke, it seemed pretty split as far as opinions went,” Alvey said.

WKU had a tuition increase for the 2012-2013 school year as well. The proposal will be passed along to the Board of Regents.

In addition to Ransdell’s proposal, SGA announced the candidates for the upcoming election.

Keyana Boka, Cain Alvey and Austin Wingate are running for president of SGA. Nicki Seay is running for administrative vice president. Mark Reeves and Bradley Cockrel are running for executive vice president.

The debate for the candidates will be March 27 at 6 p.m.

A total of 31 people are running for senate positions.

SGA also passed a bill for the funding of the purchase of two Kindle Fire HD’s to be given as awards for the WKU Student Research Conference.