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CU Rec Center proposes renovations
The recent CU Student Government election involved 2,500 voters approving an amendment which changes the way student fees can be increased. The CU Student Recreation Center may benefit more than anyone from this measure. The Rec Center is looking to do multi-million dollar remodeling projects, and will need an increase in student fees to be able to do so. John Meyer, a Rec Center Administrator, said, "About 25 million dollars worth of remedial work" is needed to keep current equipment up to date. There are also new additions that are being considered. For example, there are talks of an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. The hot tub would be open year round.
The constitution previously required 25 percent of the students to approve any fee increase greater than one percent. Now, only 25 percent of the student body needs to vote at all on a referendum, and a majority of that 25 percent is all that is required to pass a fee increase. This means less votes will be needed to approve the funding that the Rec Center is looking for.
Students at the Rec Center said that they would support improvements to the building. "Yeah I'd be really excited" said student Saman Manzouri "I'd love for them to add more basketball courts.
The biggest issue might be getting 25 percent of the student body to vote on the matter this spring. A CU student election has only gathered a 25 percent turnout twice in the past 10 years.
Meyer and other administrators are currently surveying as many students as possible to get input on what they would like to see done. They have a survey coming out in the coming weeks that will reach 10,000 students.
The exact amount that student fees will be increased by has not yet been determined. The increase will be voted on in April 2011.
You can get more information, and give input at http://buffuptherec.com