Statesman Archivist Peter Lupfer reflects on the most recent Student Activity Fee referendum and the vote’s controversial history at Stony Brook University. This newsletter is the first in a monthly series from The Statesman Archives.
The one thing we do know for sure is that the piling weight of uncertainty is unfair to SBU’s faculty and students. Simply addressing the rumors and telling us what they are just as unsure of what to do would suffice.
There aren’t enough options for students, plain and simple. We should be able to pursue what we want without having to declare these subjects as majors and adding the stress of wondering if they will fit in our already hectic schedules.
Voting is set to open this week, including the vote on whether or not the Student Activity Fee should be kept mandatory. A lot of students don’t know just how important this is for the University and campus. The Student Activity Fee benefits students, not, as too many people think, “the people who just join clubs.”
The experiment that was dubbed “receivership” is now over, as Student Polity Association (SPA) has been decertified. The dissolution of SPA has left in its wake a moderately intrigued, though cautious, student body and a Polity Senate shocked and scrambling to regroup.