Openness, fees top UI student leader’s agenda

From the Associated Press

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – Open government and reining in fee increases are among the top issues of the University of Idaho’s new student body president, Humberto “Berto” Cerrillo, who won in last week’s election over rival Travis Galloway.

In winning 62 percent of the vote, Cerrillo, a 21-year-old junior majoring in Spanish and international studies, becomes UI’s first student body president from Lewiston in a quarter-century.

Galloway won 38 percent of the vote.

Earlier this year, members of the UI student senate voted down a proposal that would have allowed the panel to meet behind closed doors.

Cerrillo says that was the right move.

“We’re going to be open, we’re going to be honest and we’re not going to be making behind-the-scenes decisions,” said Cerrillo, who had previously served as an ASUI senator and adviser to outgoing student president Autumn Hansen.

Cerrillo also said he hopes to work with administrators at the financially strapped school _ UI was hit by firings earlier this year as it slashed $4.75 million from its budget _ to keep student fees from rising too quickly.

He wants to keep any increase below 7 percent.

“We’re looking for around 5 (percent),” he said.

From the Associated Press

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