UMN students share their thoughts on Fabel’s raise – The Minnesota Daily
The Minnesota Student Association released a statement against the raise, which will be over $ 1.1 million by 2026.
On December 17, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted to raise the salary for President Joan Gabel, which sparked reactions from students across the university.
Under the Board of Regents’ new contract, Gabel will earn over $ 1.1 million by the end of her tenure in pay raises, bonuses and additional retirement funds. The Minnesota Student Association (MSA) issued a statement on December 16, in which they advocate an increase in student wages and oppose President Gabel’s raise.
Gurtaran Johal, fourth year student and student representative on the MSA Board of Regents, said in an email to the Minnesota Daily that “Student leaders have been advocating changes in student wages for over half a decade. However, student salaries remain at just $ 10.33. “
Aubrey Strittmater, a freshman student, works at the Centennial Hall reception. As a student assistant, she said she makes $ 10.25 an hour.
“As a freshman, I feel like there aren’t many jobs I can get,” said Strittmater. “I have a job because I’m scared of going into debt.”
There have been efforts in the past to raise the minimum wage for students, including efforts in 2018 to raise it to $ 15 an hour.
“We have to look for measures and not for empty promises that don’t get an answer,” said Johal. “We have to put pressure on the board of directors” [of Regents] Understand the student experience and the increasing financial pressures that many face. “
According to the meeting notes, the board increased Gabel’s salaries to match the average of other presidents at Big Ten universities.
In September 2020, the University of Minnesota cut three sports programs: men’s tennis, men’s gymnastics and indoor / outdoor athletics for men.
Samiat Ajibola, a fourth-year student and vice president of MSA, said it was frustrating to see the university sign a new contract with the president as it signals a lack of support for student issues like sports funding or funding for mental health resources.
“Students are a big, if not the biggest, stakeholder in this university,” said Flora Yang, sophomore, in an email to the Minnesota Daily. “I really think that our students’ quality of life should come first and that is what we should focus on for now.”
Yang said some students found Fabel’s raise problematic because the university was only considering a raise for the president, not the faculty, staff, or student staff.
No other President of the University of Minnesota has made more than a million dollars by the end of his career, making Gabel the first in the history of the university, according to the university chapter in the American Association of University Professors press release.
The question now arises, according to Yang and other MSA members, where the money for Fabel’s raise is coming from – there is currently no confirmed answer to that question.
“I pay all the money to be here and do an apprenticeship, I work for them,” said Strittmater. “The least you can do is help me with my debt.”