Politics Weekly Roundup: DACA students take a stand and researchers rejoice at increased solar funding


Welcome to the eighth installment of The State Press Politics Roundup, where we bring you the week’s coverage of on-campus and local politics.

This week, reporters spoke to University researchers who were “heartened” by Congress’ recent vote to boost to renewable energy research. In the wake of a case that could set back hundreds of academic futures, students covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program stood on the steps of the Arizona Supreme Court.

If you missed the last roundup, catch yourself up here.

In recent USG and campus news

ABOR approves ASU tuition increases

The Arizona Board of Regents approved tuition proposals for the next academic year from the state’s public universities Thursday. In-state undergraduate students won’t see an increase in tuition, but in-state graduate students will pay 1.5 percent more, online students will pay 2 percent more, while out-of-state and international students will pay 3.5 percent more.

Crow said the increases are necessary and are part of efforts to “reconstruct and redesign the entirety of the institution” in response to reductions in state funds for public universities.

USG reflects on abysmal election turnout

Student government elections ended last week, drawing the lowest overall voter turnout since 2008, despite efforts by current and newly elected USG officials to increase “student engagement.” Candidates cited a lack of student interest, uncontested tickets and nuances in campus culture as possible factors for the low turnout.

This week’s reporting

ASU academics “heartened” by funding boost to solar energy

Delia Johnson

University researchers rejoiced over Congress’ passing of H.R. 1625, which increases funding by 14 percent to the Energy Efficiency and the Renewable Energy Office. The bill approves millions of dollars in funding to ASU for its solar energy research program. Read more here.

Ahead of court case, DACA recipients state case for in-state tuition


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