USU VP defends student fee proposal for new rec center

Should Utah State University build a new $30 million recreation center to be paid for with new student fees? The issue has been controversial on campus with some students saying there are already plenty of facilities on campus providing recreation activity.Some students are also saying they cannot afford the fees in this weak economy and there are better ways to help the university.On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, USU Vice President for Student Services James Morales says the fees would not be as high as the $75 quoted earlier.”Oftentimes students and others in the community think that we can take student fees and use those to build academic buildings or use those for faculty salaries,” Morales explained. “That’s just not the case.”Morales explained that those salaries and funding for academic buildings comes from state funds and from tuition.”Student fees are dedicated for particular purposes and student recreation centers, like the one being proposed, can only be built with student fees and/or private donations.”Morales said the proposed recreation center has been in the works for a long time.

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