Keene State College Student Assembly came to order on Dec. 5, to discuss an increase in the rate for student meal plans and housing.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Paul Striffolino and General Manager of Sodexo Dining Services Josef Quirinale presented on behalf of KSC Dining Services.

They requested a 2.5 percent increase in the price of meal plans per semester.

The reasoning for the increase, according to Striffolino and Quirinale, was to continue improving dietary needs for students in the Dining Commons, such as the gluten free and vegan sections.

They also said they want to continue having interns present and allow classes such as Food Service Management to continue to be involved in the Dining Commons.

The assembly voted and this budget request was approved unanimously.

Next to present was the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life and Housing Services Kent Drake-Deese.

He requested a 2.8 percent increase in on-campus housing.

This increase will cover normal fixed costs, as well as close the deficit and account for Bushnell Hall closing.

Drake-Deese’s request was voted on with two abstentions and four against, however the request was still approved.

KSC Button Club appeared before the assembly and requested funding for a new button-maker.

This would be used for all graphic design students that are members of the club and students that are working on their portfolio.

The button maker costs $431.

This was approved unanimously by the assembly.

Student Assembly will not meet next week due to the holiday break.

Todd Patnaude can be contacted at


**Correction: The club that appeared before the assembly and asked for a new button maker is not called the KSC Button Club. It is called the Design and New Media Club.

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