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Associate Director of Marketing and Programs, Shannon Krajewski reviews details of the anticipated Student Recreation Center during the Board of Directors Meeting yesterday. Photo Credit: Katie Grayot / Daily Sundial

Shannon Krajewski, associate director marketing and programs for the USU, discussed the FAQ that would go on its new Student Recreational Center material and revealed some information in doing so.

The SRC website stated the $130 membership fee will be included as part of the USU fee, bringing the total fee to $250.

Krajewski revealed that students will not be able to opt out of the SRC membership fee and that the fee will also be applied to graduate and other education program students, as well. There will also be a $3 increase in the fee each year, Krajewski said.

Registration will involve an ewaiver and a scan of students hand outline, Krajewski said.

“It’s an outline of the hand, not a hand or fingerprint. The USU will not be conducting checks on students,” said Krajewski.

Students have been paying for the SRC since 2007, and due to the financial collapse that has occurred since then, the SRC has cost the USU $8 million less than its expected budget.

“The financial crisis has allowed us to get contractors at lower bids and get Build America Bonds,” Krajewski said. “With the money we saved we have been able to borrow less, put a bigger down payment on the building, and will be able to expand the programs we can offer.”

She noted that this money will be used only for SRC purposes.

The Fitness Center will close Jan. 15, with the SRC slated to open a week later on Jan. 26.

There is a timeline pending to transform the Fitness Center building into a wellness center that will offer massages and physical therapy, said Debra Hammond, USU executive director.

8 Comments

  1. Chipmunkmigee Oct 25, 2011

    So they’re able to save $8 million in the creation of it, but the students who paid for it and will continue to pay for it won’t get a break?  Do they understand how much $130 can really mean to a student?  Like we need more fees that we can’t opt out of.  Sounds like our Board of Directors at the USU are REALLY interested in representing the students’ interests.  (That was sarcasm, by the way.)  

    1. I believe that this was meant to be part of the CSUN educational experience.  Now you get to see, albeit on a smaller scale, what happens when people vote yes on bond measures.

  2. Old Glory Oct 25, 2011

    “Krajewski revealed that students will not be able to opt out of the SRC membership fee and that the fee will also be applied to graduate and other education program students, as well. There will also be a $3 increase in the fee each year, Krajewski said.”

    This Student Rec Center was voted on by students about 5 years ago who knew that they wouldn’t be stuck footing the bill. Now students who don’t want to use the Rec. Center will be forced to pay for it even if they don’t use it. Brilliant! It’s like Obama-care. Forced to get something you don’t want.

    1. Students for Liberty Oct 25, 2011

      Do you think it’d be possible to call enough attention to this and allow students to opt-out?

      1. Old Glory Oct 26, 2011

        No, because I believe when they voted for it, this was a part of the deal. Basically students 5 years ago screwed all the students until it’s paid off.

        1. There’s also the issue of ongoing maintenance and electricity bills for this monstrosity.

          1. Students for Liberty Oct 27, 2011

            There must be a legal argument to be made here. Are the students themselves obligated to pay for this or is it the USU that’s obligated? Anyone have more information the matter?

          2. Perhaps California Education Code section 89300 will answer your question.

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