June 22, 1977.
On this day, the Sagamore, the IUPUI student newspaper, reported on several significant developments occurring on the IUPUI campus. Dominating the front page were two stories reporting on recent action of the Indiana University Board of Trustees to hike student fees for the 1977-1978 academic year by ten percent. The in-state undergraduate fee per credit hour was rising from $21 to $23. Fees for graduate students and those enrolled in the School of Medicine and School of Dentistry would rise by 23 percent. Non-residents (i.e., persons from outside Indiana and international students) would see 37 percent increases.
Sagamore editor-in-chief Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp reported that IUPUI student Bruno Komakech, president of the IUPUI Student Association and an international student from Uganda, told the Board that the fee increases would incur a severe hardship on international students. He asked that the Board work out a way for international students to be charged a fee similar to in-state students.
The newspaper editorialized that the Indiana General Assembly was at fault for underfunding higher education in Indiana. The state was not keeping up with inflation. It called on legislators to live up to their responsibilities. IUPUI was a recent creation of the General Assembly. "It was at the legislature's insistence that something be done about higher education in Indianapolis," wrote the editorialist. "The [fee] increase which we are incurring is because the legislature is not willing to fund IUPUI" as it should.
In other campus news, the newspaper reported that P. Nicholas Kellum was appointed acting dean of the IUPUI School of Physical Education. It also ran a short article that Dr. Golam Mannan, associate director of Student Services, reported to a campus committee that international student services were lacking. And it profiled Professor Hugh Headlee of the School of Medicine, who would retire on June 30.
For a number of years in the 1970s, the IUPUI student newspaper published during the summer months, keeping readers informed and up-to-date on campus affairs.
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