Saturday, March 07, 2009
There's a survey for Lower Sproul out there. The questions are clearly designed to elicit a "Yay Lower Sproul spending" response, and discount those who don't want to see it. The all-important fee increase question, for instance, reads:
Would you consider raising the existing MLK fee (now $6 per semester) for a Sproul Student Center that met your needs, and that would include funding from the university and donor support?If you just arbitrarily talk about raising a $6 fee, what amount do you think it will be raised to? 9$? $12? Tripled to $18?
In reality, the proposal is $100-$200. There's no way anyone not on top of this story will recognize that the question is asking whether you want to raise that fee to triple digits.
My favorite question, though, is:
Did you vote in the last ASUC elections?Translation: Should we care what you have to say?
One question asks what you want to see added to Lower Sproul, and people are required to list at least something, regardless of whether or not they want to see any kind of Lower Sproul redevelopment. I imagine these answers will be used to say "People want these things!" even if the survey takers made it clear that they didn't.
So take the survey, and instead of being honest, make sure you give the answers that you think are most likely to get the results you want. Keep in mind the surveyors are dead-set on this project and really want to raise your fees for it. If you aren't happy about that, do your best to make the survey less useful to them.
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