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Student Fee Referendum 2016

Student Fee Referendum 2016

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Campus/University News

SCCR Student Fee Referendum 2016

Join us at a meeting of members on September 30th, 2016 (EV 151 – CATALYST CENTER) at 2pm to learn more about, and discuss, the student fee referendum which will be voted on by members September 30th and October 3rd, 2016 in the BV atrium building near Tim Horton’s from 10am-5pm.

Scarborough Campus Community Radio Inc. (SCCR, also known as Fusion Radio) is seeking consent from its members to increase its student fee. The proposed increase is for $8 per term, from $4.85 to $12.85. The increase would come into effect in the 2017 Summer academic session (for registered full-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto Scarborough).

Fusion Radio currently broadcasts radio online 24/7 (fusionradio.ca) with many different show hosts and DJs. To fund the expansion and bring over-the-air broadcasting back to UTSC, as well as increase the quality and accessibility of a range of services that we provide for the University, campus groups, and students, we require more adequate funding. Help us realize the dream of an over-the-air campus radio station at UTSC as well as increased opportunities for our students and community members.

The purpose of this requested increase is to:

  1. Allow for over-the-air broadcasting expansion (radio equipment upgrades, tower implementation and CRTC/Industry Canada licensing) and achieve the goal of having a legitimate campus radio station at the University of Toronto Scarborough (both St. George and Mississauga currently have FM radio stations).
  2. Provide additional support and staff opportunities, with a focus on employing students and providing more merit based grants, club sponsorships, and live event services such as sound, video, lighting and news coverage.
  3. Facilitate on-campus student talent and media skills development.
  4. Increase the reputation of UTSC by offering industry quality radio, media production, and networking services to its students.
  5. Provide necessary capital to invest in opportunities that will benefit and engage the campus and community such as celebrity talent for events/concerts.

Fusion Radio will require additional funding if we hope to reach some of our new expansion goals, especially relating to licensing and radio expansion. This is exciting and promising, however with new opportunities comes new associated costs.

For those students who are seeking more information, it is available online on our website and upon request at our offices. We encourage anyone to download our constitution and by-laws, and also read documents associated with us as a University of Toronto Student Society, namely the Handbook for Student Societies. All relevant information is available online or in our offices in advance of the referendum.

For the referendum, members will be asked a question regarding an increase in the student fee that Scarborough Campus Community Radio collects each semester, from $4.85 to $12.85, and a student can vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to this change. The ballot describes the amount and purpose of the change. The change would start in the Summer 2017 term (and continue on, including during Summer sessions) and be applicable only to full-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

REFERENDA QUESTION: Do you support the increase of Scarborough Campus Community Radio’s fee to $12.85 per academic session as of Summer 2017 onward?

Section 3.02 Annual Membership Fee, would if successfully supported and approved, effectively be changed to:

3.02.01
The annual membership fee shall be: $12.85 for the fall semester, $12.85 for the winter semester, and $12.85 for the summer semester.

Please download our constitution and by-laws for more. A detailed financial expense and projected expense report is available here. A document about the referendum fee increase and expansion plans is available here.

Questions can be answered by the Chief Returning Officer: cro@fusionradio.ca Voting will take place on September 30th, 2016 and October 3rd, 2016, at the University of Toronto Scarborough in the BV building.

There is an open discussion for members at the Fusion Radio Forum.

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