Enterprise Not a Financial Burden for A.S. Council

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to address some points that were brought up in
    a recent article titled “Coddling a Prodigal Enterprise.” The Challenge Course started as an enterprise
    less than four years ago. In this a short amount of time, it has been a
    well-used facility appreciated by a variety of students. The agreement that was
    made stated: “The net proceeds, after payment of direct and indirect operating
    expenses, will be split 85 percent to Campus Recreation and 15 percent to the
    Associated Students.”

    The fund subsidizing the cost for student groups to utilize
    the course was created in order to provide student organizations access to a
    leadership-development program on our own campus. Subsidizing student
    organizations’ use of the course will provide them with team-building and
    leadership-development programs that they may not have access to without the
    support of the council.

    This young enterprise has not been a financial burden for
    the Associated Students. Every year, the Challenge Course draws a variety of
    on-campus and off-campus organizations. These organizations have left positive
    feedback, consistently commending the enterprise. The allocated funding for the
    Challenge Course is designated to benefit the student body. Subsidizing
    students’ costs to use the course is not
    an attempt by the Associated Students to funnel more money to the enterprise.
    Instead, it is providing a valuable leadership opportunity for our student
    organizations.

    — Chelsea Maxwell

    A.S. Associate Vice President of Enterprise Operations

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