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Six percent tuition hike considered by trustees

The Board of Trustees will be voting on a 6 percent tuition increase for students on the Columbus campus next month said William Shkurti, senior vice president for business and finance at Ohio State. The board considered the preliminary reading for the proposed increase in tuition and fees for the 2005-06 academic year Friday.

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USG to review initiatives

More than students' choices for Undergraduate Student Government candidates last Tuesday. Two ballot initiatives also passed. The first initiative, which called for the elimination of all benefits for the USG president and vice president, passed with 61.9 percent (3,702 votes). The second initiative, which called for the creation of undergraduate scholarships funded by 25 percent of USG's $200,000 budget, passed with 70.2 percent (3,987 votes).

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Honors program reform

When people ask me why I think the rich shouldn't be taxed at 50 percent just because they have money, I often don't have an answer to which everyone can relate. I start spitting out numbers and statistics that no one understands, and people usually throw things at me.

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It’s official: Scharer wins

After the postponement of election results, it was announced last night that Suzanne Scharer and Matt Kreiner were elected the new president and vice president for the Undergraduate Student Government. "Students can see that we were the best candidates because we had a very strong message," Scharer said. "We had a large, 500-student network that really believed in our message and it was those 500 students who really helped us get out the vote." About 150 students turned out to hear the election results, which were postponed for a day because of a judicial panel review of charges brought against Scharer. She said the violations had to do with "buying votes with donuts" at a close proximity to a polling station. Charges were dropped automatically Monday night after the filer of the charges, Patrick Kennedy, failed to show up. No details are known about Kennedy, said Kara Silverman, director of the Elections Governance Board. "If there is a judicial panel hearing, even though we know it won't have an impact, we have to postpone it," Silverman said. "If there are any undecided violations we can't announce the election, even if it won't change the winner."

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Hall named commencement speaker

Bill Hall, the longtime Ohio State vice president for student affairs, accepted an invitation to be the spring commencement speaker after a unanimous recommendation by the commencement committee. "It was absolutely a complete surprise to be chosen," Hall said. "I had no idea given the kinds of people that were being talked about. When the president called, (the feeling was) one of sheer joy and sheer terror to put together a speech of that magnitude." Hall was the undisputed selection of the commencement committee after The Lantern named him "the ultimate Buckeye" in an editorial on April 6 that highlighted Hall's demonstrable courage in his battle against pancreatic and liver cancer, and his 28 years of dedication to OSU students, said Bill Murphy, chair of the commencement committee and special assistant to the president for national media. "As soon as the idea came up, a number of us began discussing the idea of inviting Bill and got really excited," Murphy said. "He exemplifies a lot of qualities that you hope a commencement speaker will have. I've worked closely with him on a number of student-related issues and he is so deeply devoted to students. It seemed like a perfect match."

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USG puts effort into lowering tuition

The Lantern recently editorialized that the Undergraduate Student Government had put up a "lackluster effort" in advocating for improvements in the state budget, and went on to suggest a Statehouse rally as a better course of action. I would like to explain why I disagree.

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Napoleon’ stars entertain students

Actors Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell and Efren Ramirez, who played Uncle Rico, Kip and Pedro in "Napoleon Dynamite," made sure fans who attended last night's lecture would it remember forever. The three actors visited with more than 600 students in the Ohio Union ballroom in an event sponsored by the Ohio Union Activities Board. The actors spoke about their experiences making the movie, inspiration for their characters and about their current projects.

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USG ballot initiatives receive scrutiny

The two Undergraduate Student Government ballot initiatives concerning USG member benefits and a scholarship fund cannot be ratified as written, USG members said. The first initiative proposes the elimination of all benefits for the USG president and vice president. Currently the USG president and vice president receive money to cover in-state tuition, room and board and other academic costs. The benefits are funded by a privately funded scholarship - the Richard Mall memorial scholarship - and a general operations budget.

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Two terms ending on Board of Trustees

The Ohio State Board of Trustees will gain two new members when Gov. Bob Taft appoints one student member from five selected finalists and one non-student member on May 13. Membership on the board is the most coveted appointment the governor makes, said David Payne, director of boards and commissions for the Office of the Governor. The governor makes appointments to over 200 boards and commissions, some of which pay over $100,000 per year. Members of the OSU Board of Trustees receive no financial compensation. New legislation passed last December by the Ohio General Assembly will allow trustees of state universities to be reappointed after they have been off the board for four years. Sen. Steve Stivers, R-Columbus, requested that the provision be inserted in the bill, but said in an e-mail that it was not intended to make the appointment of a specific former board member possible.

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Our USG choice

The Lantern's decision on which Undergraduate Student Government presidential-vice presidential team to endorse was a difficult one. All five teams were critical of the lack of communication between USG and students. They all had good ideas for USG initiatives, such as handling USG's communication, visibility and accountability and other concerns of Ohio State students, such as lowering tuition and increasing diversity.

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