Students speak out for Northrop’s fees request

Multiple student groups also protested their fees recommendations, saying they need funding for stipends and travel.

Blair Emerson

After Northrop Concerts and Lectures was offered only one-third of its $480,000 fees request in the Student Services Fees Committee’s initial recommendations, students came out to a public hearing Friday to show their support for the group, which will sponsor programming at Northrop Auditorium when it opens in April.

Supporters have also collected more than 700 signatures on an online petition that says the group should receive its full fees request.

“[The petition] really demonstrates what the vision of Northrop has been all along. It’s really a place for all students [in] the entire University, no matter what your interests are,” said Northrop’s communications specialist, Cari Hatcher.

A few student groups came out to hearings on Wednesday and Thursday to protest cuts to student stipends and wages. Chair of Young Americans for Liberty, Brittany Johnson, said her group saw a complete deduction in stipends and wages for student officers in the SSFC’s initial recommendations. 

Some groups were also given significant cuts to their requests for travel expense funding in the committee’s initial recommendations. The Disabled Student Cultural Center was recommended a complete reduction to traveling expenses they requested, which the group’s president Abdirahman Hassan said was “unreasonable”. 

-Look for a full story on the student services fees public hearings in Monday’s Daily.