21, No. 11, Dec. 6, 2001
Campus Rec student referendum passes
By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
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student fee increase to support expansion of campus recreation facilities
was overwhelmingly passed in a student referendum on the Urbana campus
Nov. 12 and 13. Approximately 74 percent of the 5,459 total votes cast
favored increasing the general fee by up to $77 per semester to support
renovation and expansion of the Intramural-Physical Education (IMPE)
and Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) facilities. A 51 percent affirmative
vote was needed for the referendum to pass. Urbana students cast their
votes online through the universitys Web page.
Staff members were pleased with the voter turnout and said it was a
strong indication that students support the expansion project, according
to Tony Clements, Campus Recreation director.
"Most people who utilize the facilities are aware of our inadequacies
to meet their basic need to have facilities they can utilize at their
convenience," Clements said. "What we want people to understand
is that this is not just about people currently in our programs but
its really about how we can make facilities available to other
people, especially faculty and staff who cant get into our programs.
It gives us the opportunity to provide facilities and equipment they
can use at times that fit into their schedules without their having
to sign up hours ahead of time or wait in line a couple of hours."
Students currently pay $165 per semester to support campus recreational
facilities, and under the proposed plan the general fee would increase
up to $77 per semester to support the renovations. The increase would
be implemented in three phases beginning with a $24 increase in fall
2004 followed by $27 and $26 increases in fall 2005 and fall 2006 respectively,
coinciding with completion of three phases of construction at IMPE and
The UI Board of Trustees must now sanction the project before administrators
can proceed with selecting an architectural firm or finalizing the designs.
Gene Barton, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, said administrators
hope to take the project before the board of trustees at its next meeting,
Jan. 16-17, in Chicago.