ISS considers ways to improve library services

By Michael Logli

The Illinois Student Senate heard a presentation about possible improvements to library and technological services funded by a fee incoming freshmen would pay.

Amanda Palazzo, senior in ACES and member of the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee, said many of the proposed initiatives involve increasing the coverage area of the University wireless network and improving the quality and storage systems of campus units like Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services, more commonly known as CITES.

Other possible initiatives include increasing the availability of online textbooks and other materials, as well as increasing the open hours of the main libraries.

“Students have an opportunity to make the library great,” Palazzo said.

In order to make these improvements, a $200 fee would be charged to freshmen each semester to cover the costs. Palazzo said the Board of Trustees has already approved the fee, but the senate will not vote on whether to accept the fee until next year.

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    “I wanted to make the senate aware of this,” Palazzo said. “This is a huge fee and your opinion is really important.”

    Palazzo said a “Whine for Beer” event will be held on the Quad on Friday in order to gain more student opinion on the matter. Palazzo said a survey will be distributed during the event, asking students what initiatives they approve, what improvements they believe should be made, and whether or not the fee is acceptable.

    Self proclaimed Ku Klux Klan, ‘KKK,’ spray-chalker Raymond Morales, graduate student, also spoke about what he believes its members can do to counter racism on campus. Morales said he believes that current educational funding for minorities is not enough.