One reason that CCSG had no objection was that each Commonwealth Campus gets to decide how much if any fee will be paid. On the other hand, the University Park students have had the fee set by the Board of Trustees. Initially it will be $50/semester, but it will eventually rise to $100/semester. Last week that appeared to be the only reason.
Today another possible reason for the CCSG vote comes to light.
It looks like Alan Janesch of the Penn State
What do you think? Do you think the man charged with rallying the NittanyBots to support Old Main policy may have been rallying the CCSG for this particular policy? I know I do.
I [Alan Janesch] want to thank my friends at Penn State's Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) for honoring me last month by presenting me with their annual “Friend of the Commonwealth” award. The award is open to Penn State alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and community leaders; it recognizes continuous contributions to Penn State's commonwealth campuses.
I feel very honored to receive this award (and also humbled), because I think CCSG has done a lot more for me and for the Penn State Grassroots Network than I have done for their group or their constituencies. (CCSG is a student government group representing Penn State's 19 undergraduate campuses.) CCSG members are smart and energetic and have lots of good ideas.[Ed:And easily flatter and duped.]
My guess is that it doesn't really matter to Old Main whether or not the Commonwealth Campuses implement the fee or not. If it did it they wouldn't have given them a choice. The whole point of including them in the fee policy was to get the patina of undergraduate student support from the CCSG and counter the almost certain objection of UPUA.
It is also worth noting that Janesch received the award from the CCSG last month, but waited until today, after most students have left town, to crow about on his blog.
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