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Trustees to consider room-and-board rates

April 30, 2008

KALAMAZOO--During a meeting set for Friday, May 2, Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees will consider a motion to raise campus apartment rental rates and also raise room-and-board rates for students who did not live in residence halls during the current academic year.

Meeting at 10:30 a.m. in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center, trustees will consider an increase that, if approved, will not affect students who lived in campus residence halls during the 2007-08 academic year. As part of WMU's Western Edge commitment, the University pledged last summer to hold room-and-board rates steady for up to four consecutive years for students who choose to remain in the residence hall system.

Trustees also will consider an increase in WMU's Student Assessment Fee recommended by the Western Student Association. The SAF dollars are allocated to student organizations to support their programs. The $9 per semester increase is the first such increase recommended to the board in 17 years.

Also on the board agenda are recommendations to name the baseball stadium at Hyames Field, to amend the WMU Foundation bylaws and to extend a reverter clause that was part of a 2001 property acquisition.

In addition, the board will consider gift, grant and personnel reports presented to them.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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