Last week, I reported how public universities, facing tough budget times, are increasingly asking students to vote to raise their own fees.

The story led off by describing a recent election at University of California, San Diego, when students overwhelmingly approved contributing more than $300 a year to the university’s athletics program. Shortly after the vote, a university committee recommended cutting back on other funds that used to go to UCSD sports teams.

In a memo sent on Wednesday, the university’s head of student affairs seems to have rejected that recommendation. Pointing out that the university will likely ask students to vote on more fees in the future, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Joseph Watson wrote in a memo that cutting other university funding so quickly after this referendum might send a “negative message.”

The committee that authored the original proposal promised to fight Watson’s decision.


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