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There is an old proverb which says, "if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck and looks like a duck, then its a duck." Personally (I'm a student at present), I never understood the deal about fees. It seems to me to be a euphemism for a hike in tuition. The difference between instituting a new fee and raising tuition is that if the administrators don't feel confident enough about their political base to get a tuition hike, they opt for a fee (read that "call it a fee"). Why don't they simply include all these fees in the tuition. If it is necessary to fund the programs (no pun intended), then it ought to be in the tuition. Computers are here to stay and should be an integral part of any curriculum. Therefore the funding should come out of the tuition. Although I love sports, it would be, in my mind, much easier to justify a tuition hike for computer training than to give as much money to sports as most colleges do at present (priorities: a different argument). At any rate, regardless of how educational technology is funded, it SHOULD be funded. If the money can come from the state or federal government, then great. We are already committed to public funding of universities and any other stance would also be outside the bounds of this argument. If the institution is private, then there is no recourse but to raise tuition. So be it. If you are arguing that Internet access should be paid for by the user, I still think that the argument is academic. Everyone should be required to use computers and this use should include at least some familiarization with mainframes and their resources. More concisely, my point is that it would not matter whether these things are funded by user fees or out of the general tuition if all people were required to be users, as indeed they should. I doubt that many on the the Net would disagree that a person without indepth computer skills eventually be left behind by today's world and that if a person thinks that he has no need for computers, even such services as are discussed in this argument, then that person does not really know what computers are able to do now or will be able to do in the near future. Oh well, sorry, just a few stray, lurking thoughts. And now back to the regular scheduled argument... Lee Mohon. lam4@Ra.MsState.Edu