The Federation of Students and Service Organizations (FSSO) requested students pay an eight-dollar fee in 1977, a 100 percent increase from the existing fee.
The 1977 $8 fee is equivalent to a $33 fee today. This fee increase was the largest in the University of Connecticut’s history.
William Finch, then chairman of FSSO, said this was a small fee compared to student government fees elsewhere.
This increase brought the FSSO budget to $100,000 per semester, up from $50,000.
When Finch was asked what would happen if students opposed the fee increase, he refused to answer.
The budget appropriated $10,000 for a research organizer, $1,500 for student government elections, $12,000 for a year-round WHUS general manager, $8,000 for the WHUS summer budget and $17,000 for organizations other than WHUS.
Ashley Anglisano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.