Tuition To Rise

Directors OK New Programs

Kelly L. Karsner Hoya Staff Writer

The University Board of Directors has announced next year’s tuition increase, the lowest in 26 years. The 3.8 percent increase will bring the 1999-2000 tuition to $23,088. The board discussed this increase, along with several improvements for the campus, at its Feb. 24-25 meeting.

“Every goal that the university needs to consider in determining the level of the [tuition] increase is made in light of a perennial goal of keeping tuition increases as small as possible,” said Dan Wackerman, director of Media Relations.

The Board also approved $2.8 million to fund GUNET 2000, Georgetown’s program to increase on-campus information technology. GUNET 2000’s goals include to wire all of the residence halls and equip 35 buildings on the Main Campus with the necessary equipment to support information systems such as the Internet.

“The technological improvements we really need,” said Corey Eagan (COL ’01). “Our e-mail system shouldn’t crash all the time. Compared to what I hear from friends from other schools, Georgetown’s technological state is deplorable. We are so behind, it’s embarrassing.”

Ten million dollars will be spent, according to another Board decision, to renovate St. Mary’s, which will become the main office for a consolidated University Information Services staff.

Patricia Curtis (NUR ’01) added that St. Mary’s needs the renovations. “Ten million may not be enough to cover the renovations the building needs,” Curtis said. “Most of my classes are in there, and they don’t or can’t even use three floors of the building. I have a lab upstairs, where there used to be dorm rooms, and I don’t see how anyone could have lived there,” Curtis added.

The Board also approved more funding for the continued development of the Southwest Quadrangle, the site of a new dorm scheduled to be completed for the fall of 2001.

Also on the agenda was the renovation of the second floor of the Car Barn on Prospect Street. The Car Barn is slated to contain administrative offices, a student lounge, a career library and four case study classrooms.

“It would be perfect to have a building like that closer to Nevils and LXR,” said Stephanie Gayer (EFL). “The Leavey Center and the computer labs are so far away that it’s inconvenient to go. And living in Nevils, you can really feel outside of campus. The Car Barn would be great as a place for more student activity.”

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