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Kolectic Treasures announces Jacksonville location will merge into Anniston location

Scott YoungNews Editor

Jason Kellner, one of the owners of Kolectic Treasures, announced on Sunday that their Jacksonville location will be closing its doors on February 1 and merging into the Anniston location.

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Jacksonville City Council votes to revoke Brother’s Bar’s business license

Kaitlin Fleming, Editor in Chief

After several owner changes and 44 years of business in Jacksonville, Brother’s Bar closed its doors for good Wednesday, following a revocation of its business license.

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JSU generated over $8.3 million in fees from Fall 2018, Spring 2019 semesters

By Scott Young

News Editor

Each student who was enrolled at Jacksonville State University in the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters paid a $200 ‘general university fee’ on top of numerous other small fees and hundreds of dollars in tuition per credit hour.

Buffy Lockette, JSU’s public relations director, provided a breakdown of the general university fee from the JSU Controller’s office as well as information about how the allocations are decided.

Of the $200 fee, $60 went to transportation, $40 to student health, $35 to university recreation, $35 to the library, $15 to classroom improvements, $10 to capital planning and facilities and $5 to ‘special projects’. The special project for the 2018-2019 fiscal year was labeled ‘Marching Southerners’.

For Spring 2019, the university initially allocated $35 of the $200 fee to university recreation. Lockette later stated that the $35 for university recreation allocated in Spring 2019 was “re-allocated internally in the spring to capital projects to support technology upgrades in the classroom.” However, the $35 for university recreation in Fall 2018 was not reallocated.

“The Tuition and Fees Committee makes a recommendation each year to the President and VP of Business and Finance [James Brigham] and those recommendations are reviewed and presented to the Board of Trustees for approval at the April trustee meeting,” said Lockette.

According to Blake Hunter, the coordinator of Institutional Research at JSU, during the fall semester of 2018, there were 8,479 students enrolled at JSU and in the spring semester of 2019 there were 7,726 students enrolled.

On average, Jacksonville State University students pay just shy of $4,000 for tuition each semester, not including fees. The JSU ‘general university fee’ generated an estimated $3,241,000 from both Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 alone, while the Recreation and Fitness Center fee, technology fee and student activity fee brought in an estimated $5,104,575.

Lockette went on to state that the fee allocations for the Fall 2019 semester have not been decided, and that fees for the upcoming semesters will be bundled and charged per credit hour.

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Infographic shows the 95 percent and 5 percent split of the $200 Summer General University Fund.

 

For the summer, students taking between one to three credit hours pay a $100 general university fee and students taking three or more credit hours pay $200. However, despite the $100 difference between these two fees, students who paid $100 and those who paid $200 both have equal access to the Recreation Center for the entire summer.

Lockette confirmed that during the Summer 2019 semester, 95 percent of the general university fee was allocated to the Recreation and Fitness Center, while the remaining five percent is allocated for student health.

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JSU Public Relations Director Buffy Lockette confirmed the breakdown of the Summer General University Fee with this document above.

 

“As long as a student is taking at least one class, they will have access into the facility for the whole summer,” said Cecelia Chavez, the coordinator of facility operations for the Recreation Center.

Ashley Stephens, an art major at JSU who is taking summer classes, expressed dissatisfaction with the university over the two different fee amounts for equal summer Recreation Center access.

“As someone who is taking 11 hours and knowing that people taking only 3 hours don’t have to pay as much as me for fees makes me mad,” said Stephens. “It’s not fair to me and anyone who is trying to continue their education. This isn’t good for students’ pockets, and it’s not good for JSU’s image.”

Students like Emily Barfield, a cellular and molecular biology major, have no problem with allowing all summer students equal access to a facility she denotes as “necessary”.

“I’m taking six credit hours this summer so I paid the $200general university fee. I am not bothered that students who only paid $100 get to use the same recreation center that I get to use,” said Barfield. “On the other hand, I would be bothered if they just let any student, regardless if they were taking classes or not, use the recreation center after we had to pay the fee.”

The breakdown of where the general university fee is allocated is not readily available on the JSU website, nor is it reflected on students’ accounts when paying tuition and fees. The Chanticleer obtained the information by contacting Buffy Lockette, who then requested the information from the Controller’s office.

Stephens argues that the university should be more public with information pertaining to tuition and fees, including where the general university fee is allocated.

“I know most people want to know where their money is going,” said Stephens. “I think it can make the university look shady and like they’re withholding information from the students and their parents.”

Barfield sided with the university, citing the methods and practices of other universities.

“I looked into that [public accessibility of fee breakdown] with other universities and no other universities had anything about their fees or where the money actually goes posted on their websites,” said Barfield. “As much backlash as JSU has gotten from this recreation fee, I think they may even be less open about things moving forward.”

Lockette defends the university’s process of deliberating tuition and fee changes. She describes the Tuition and Fees committee as a “diverse mix of faculty, staff and students.”

“All trustee meetings are open to the public, the SGA President has a seat at the table, and the President’s office always sends a reminder email inviting the Chanticleer to attend,” said Lockette.

Editor’s note: Fees have been applied to student accounts for students who are already enrolled in fall classes. Starting in fall of 2019, the “General University Fee” covers all other fees (excluding individual program fees.) For students taking more than six hours this coming semester, the flat rate is $700, which is an $113 increase from previous semesters (based on an average student’s 12 hour semester.) For more information on the fall fees, visit JSU’s Office of Student Accounts page at http://www.jsu.edu/bursar/fees/index.html and look for a new article from The Chanticleer soon regarding the changes to the fee structure.

Getting Linked: Business 101

The sixth semiannual Get Linked event took place Monday, November 10 at the Jacksonville Hampton Inn, bringing students from JSU as well as Jacksonville locals interested in business to the meeting to gather advice from local experts.

Get Linked offers attendants the priceless advice pertaining to life after college. With many students asking where to go following graduation, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce saw fit to create an educational seminar regarding building resumes, interview etiquette, and securing networking connections.

The Get Linked event is held each semester and features a broad array of panelists, which consist of local business leaders. In addition to getting questions answered, Get Linked allows students to connect with businesses looking for apprentices.

According to Emily Duncan, head of Public Relations at the event, it is a win-win for both the student and the businesses.

“Internships are the modern day apprenticeships and it creates a fresh set of eyes for the employers,” said Duncan.

Some students were spurred by the promise of bonus point by professors, while others come hoping to network and get as much advice as possible from prominent leaders and business-owners in the area.

Aldarius Martin, a junior majoring in Business Management, attended the event by recommendation of some friends.

“I have tried several different majors but with business, everything tied in,” he said. Martin and other guests asked the four-person panel multiple questions concerning advice towards one day fulfilling the dream of owning a business.

This shared dream among the students and the panelists fit nicely with the Get Linked theme of the event. Angela Kemp of AOD Bank had this to say concerning networking: “The key to any success is to work hard and use the people in your path.”

The panelists then switched towards how to use those connections in the interviewing process.

“Be on time. Being on time is critical. Take some initiative when someone does not want to do it,” said Anthony Kingston of Jacksonville City Schools.

When in the process of interviewing for a job or position, being punctual can make all the difference. If competitors fail to heed this advice, it reflects poorly upon possible employers.

Personality is the other vital factor of not only getting the job but promotions as well. Rodney Snider of the Cheaha Brewing Company said once earning an interview, “it is mostly about personality, communication, and how you work with people,” that determines if you get the job.

Even after college, the learning is not over. Schooling is the method that will teach you how to learn.

While an education can teach you the rules and regulations, each company has their own set of standards that they follow. While in the interviewing process it is essential to show enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn.

“You learn on the job, making mistakes teach you how to do things right. A company is going to teach you how to do your job well, you just have to show them you can learn,” said Jacki Thacker of Alabama Power.

Lauren Jackson
Staff Writer