April 5, 1999 Vol. III, No. 13

Rec center/Fee Increase Defeated in Student Election

$25 Million Project Envisioned Recreation Center and Adjoining Sports Field

An Associated Students proposal to build a $25 million student recreation center and adjoining sports field at Cal State Northridge - funded through a major increase in AS fees - was narrowly defeated in the late March student election.

The proposal, placed on the ballot by the AS Senate and sponsored by the AS's recreation staff, was voted down by a slim 852-797 tally. Of the total 1,649 valid votes cast, nearly one-fourth came from CSUN's Ventura Campus, where opposition to the measure was strong.

"At this point, the issue is in the students' hands. I don't know what the reaction is going to be from students when they return from spring break," said Geoff Stocker, AS director of recreation sports. But Stocker said he will continue to push for expanded recreation opportunities on campus.

Under the ballot proposal, increased student fees would have paid for the 120,000 square foot rec center building and an adjoining 240,000 square foot artificial turf field, both planned for the northwest corner of Plummer Street and Lindley Avenue. Their use would have been free to CSUN students, Stocker said.

The current AS student fee is $60 per semester. The proposal ultimately would have increased that an additional $75 per semester to finance the project: and extra $30 beginning fall 1999, another $30 increase in fall 2000 and the final $15 increase in fall 2001.

Of the extra $75 per semester increase, about $25 would have gone to build the rec center and adjoining field, another $25 would have gone for operational and equipment expanses and the other $25 would have gone for increased student financial aid, as required by Cal State policy.

-John Chandler


April 5, 1999

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