Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 28, 1980, Page 3, Image 3

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    MEChA sets goals high despite budget cut
Of the Emerald
“In the ’80s we ll be a group
to reckon with,” says David
Naranjo, co-director of ME
ChA, the Student Movement of
Chicanos of Aztlan.
Running on that kind of
conviction, Naranjo may be
right. For one thing, 9,000
Chicanos reside in the sur
rounding area. However, the
Chicano student support
group also faces some set
backs, as Naranjo is quick to
point out.
Funded by the ASUO, ME
ChA was created in 1964 and
known at that time as the
Chicano Student Union. Later,
the organization changed its
name to MEChA and joined
with other West Coast Chicano
student unions.
Ten to 15 volunteers work
on a regular basis at the ME
ChA office in the EMU ba
sement. “We’re here for poli
tical as well as cultural
aspects," Naranjo says. Our
main functions are to offer
peer advising, job information
and leadership for Chicano
Naranjo added that the ME
ChA volunteers act as impor
tant role models for students
of the High School
Equivalency Program, which
operates on campus.
But according to Naranjo, a
few problems block the
group’s progress. One is the
recent axing of the ethnic
studies program — “a kick in
the face," Naranjo says —
which MEChA is working to
"This University has really
failed in the faculty aspect to
provide Chicano representa
tion,” Naranjo says
Another member of the
group, Marshal Sauceda, a
peer advisor, nods in
agreement “When things get
tight, social programs are the
first to go.
“But look what’s going on in
Emerald graphic
the Athletic Department,” Na
ranjo says. "They continue to
operate at a large budget.”
MEChA's budget, however,
is a sore point for its members.
A budget planned for a 32
percent increase was reduced
to 13.2 percent at an Incidental
Fee Committee meeting.
“We think it was a min
imum,” Naranjo says. “They
(the IFC) are going by last
year's budget.”
Yet Naranjo feels the largest
hurdle to cross is administra
tive red tape.
“We have to keep a contin
uous eye on the administra
tion," he says. “We realize
what their priorities are, and
they’re not for us.”
Naranjo also pointed to the
lack of Chicanos on adminis
tration payrolls.
“How many Chicanos do
you see working at Johnson
Hall?” he asked, mentioning
the single exception, Pat Gal
legos, assistant director of ad
Stressing that the organiza
tion has maintained ethnic ties
in the Chicano community,
Naranjo then described the
social aspect of MEChA's pro
gram, hosting the annual El
Cinco de Mayo celebration
May 2-5.
“El Cinco de Mayo cele
brates the first victorious
upheavel against French
colonization in 1862 to prove
to the French that the Mexican
forces were something to deal
with,” explains Naranjo.
Films, art exhibits, dinner, a
rally and a dance are
scheduled for the weekend
celebration, which is open to
Committee recommends University tuition-price rise
Of the Emerald
PORTLAND — Resident under
graduate tuition at the University will go
up at least $23.50 per term next year if
the State Board of Higher Education
approves the recommendation of its fin
ance committee.
Friday the committee approved
1980-81 instruction fee rates — the major
component of tuition — and health and
building fees
Incidental fees at the University have
not yet been determined. The Incidental
Fee Committe has recommended a
50-cent increase, but Ray Hawk, Univer
sity vice president for administration and
finance, called that low increase "totally
Using the $37 incidental fee rate to
calculate 1980-81 tuition, resident un
dergraduate tuition will rise to $310, a
$23.50 increase; nonresident tuition will
be $1,081, an $86.50 increase; resident
graduate tuition will be $467, a $35.50
increase and nonresident graduate tui
tion will be $798, an increase of $145.50.
The board will vote on final tuition
charges — including the incidental fee
rate — at its May meeting.
In other money matters, additions to
the architecture school and the library
will be among the University’s capital
construction requests considered by the
board for inclusion in its budget recom
mendations to the 1981 Legislature.
The board’s committee of the whole
approved a tentative list of University
construction requests recommended by
state system staff for further considera
tion by the board. The requests will go to
the finance committee in June and then
to the full board in July.
The University is requesting $4.68 mil
lion for an architecture addition and
alterations. The addition would include
office space, studio-laboratories, class
laboratories, a general purpose class
room and an exhibition area. The
remodeling would include improvements
to administrative, faculty, student service
and exhibition spaces.
The architecture addition was listed on
the board’s capital construction
requests for 1979-81, but the 1979
Legislature cut off project funding right
above the architecture request.
The board's staff divided the Universi
ty's request for a library addition and
library improvements into two phases.
Phase I, under consideration for inclu
sion in the 1981-83 state system budget,
would include $3.33 million for the ex
pansion of stack and reader space in the
main library and remodeling that would
provide space for little-used books
Phase II would be the addition to the
Also on the University’s wish list is the
rehabilitation of various campus facilities
including improvements to bring animal
care facilities into compliance with stan
dards for research animals, the revamp
ing of about 30 classrooms, restoration
of Deady and Villard halls (Phase I) and
modification of campus electrical and
heating systems.
Also on the list is $15 million for a
wooden basketball dome near Autzen
Stadium. Although the project would be
totally funded through contributions and
seat subscriptions, the University is
seeking legislative approval because it
may use state bonds for temporary fin
ancing of the arena and state support for
the upkeep of the multi-purpose build
The list also includes parking im
provements totaling $3 million The
project would provide parking beneath
the tennis courts on Alder Street, parking
north of Franklin Boulevard and/or in the
east campus area and the development
of park-and-ride stations. The im
provements would be paid for by user
fees and would use no state money
The University’s $32 million list was the
highest among the seven state system
institutions. Other schools’ requests
ranged from $465,000 to $24.2 million.
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