Need for Transfer Housing Outweighs Local Concerns

    Need for Transfer Housing Outweighs Local Concerns

    Dear Editor,

    As a current transfer student and president of the
    All-Campus Transfer Association at UCSD, I feel the need to speak up regarding
    the issue of constructing new dorms for transfer students, and how it has been
    met with disapproval from the Torrey
    Pines Gliderport.

    Many of the students that transfer to UCSD have high
    expectations of what their college experience is going to be like. Many of
    these same students are met by disappointment when they find out that the

    university does not offer them on-campus housing. I was, and
    still am, one of those students.

    Transfer students are making very reasonable requests. They
    wish to have the privilege of affordable on-campus housing where their
    neighbors are their peers, classmates and friends. There is so much focus on
    how UCSD officials “really don’t care” about what the gliderport supporters
    have to say and hardly any on how those very same officials seem to care about
    thousands of students.

    Although by the time that the new dorms are available for
    transfer students I will have graduated and moved away from UCSD, I would like
    nothing more than to see transfer students not be disappointed, but rather find
    an opportunity to enjoy their college experience to its fullest.

    I implore that construction of the much-needed dorms not be
    delayed any further, for it is many years overdue.

    — Marwan Azzam
    All-Campus Transfer Association President

    Bill Shows Promise in Cutting Costs for Students

    Dear Editor,

    The Oct. 1 article “State Bills Fail to Curtail Ballooning
    Textbook Costs” provided an inaccurate assessment of the textbook-related bills
    currently under consideration by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The collegiate
    textbook market is very complex; as recent federal studies have shown, changes
    across the entire textbook market are necessary to help lower student spending
    on textbooks.

    Pointing the finger at a single segment is good politics,
    but doesn’t accomplish much.

    Assembly Bill 1548, known as the College Textbook
    Transparency Act, is a serious bill that would require publishers to disclose
    prices to faculty, list changes between editions and show copyright dates.

    Publishers support this kind of transparency and are already
    going to great lengths to provide faculty members information about their
    materials, including dedicated faculty Web sites that enable instructors

    to make informed decisions about what learning materials
    would work best in their classrooms.

    AB 1548 would also improve the entire textbook market by
    setting higher textbook transparency standards for faculty members,
    institutions, publishers and bookstores alike.

    The bill would require bookstores to post their retail
    pricing policies, prohibit the selling of free sample instructor copies (a
    practice that raises the price of all textbooks), ban potential conflicts of
    interest in choosing course materials and encourage faculty to place their
    orders early.

    In contrast, the College Textbook Affordability Act (Senate
    Bill 832) is a politically charged document that the Public Interest Research
    Group has had introduced in legislatures across the country.

    The bill requires

    publishers to repeatedly provide the same information to
    faculty during every interaction, which would be a waste of faculty time and
    drive up prices.

    Publishers share the common goal of helping students succeed
    at the postsecondary level, and they are committed to working with students,
    parents and faculty to make this goal a reality.

    For more information, please visit

    — Stacy S. Skelly
    Assistant Director for Higher Education Association of
    American Publishers

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