to submit resolution against Rec. Center fee
By Amy Johnson
staff disapprove of the new fee they will have to pay
to use the University Recreation Center, which will
open next semester.
Assembly members voted Tuesday to advance a resolution
against the $5 a month University Recreation Center
fee for faculty and staff to administration, with the
notation that the vote was a tie.
resolution states that members object to the removal
of a documented benefit of employment and urges the
administration to reconsider the usage fee for university
employees, said Josh Harmon, senior server administrator
for Information Services.
disagree with the fee because it is taking away a benefit
to the faculty and staff that previously existed,
he said. When people sign on to work at the university,
they typically do so understanding certain benefits
exist and will be there year to year.
Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, said there
are no free benefits and that he thinks everyone who
uses the $30 million facility should help pay for it.
do want it to be a benefit, he said. This
is a significant discount and still is a benefit of
Michael Ferrari said its unfair for students to
carry the full financial burden for the facility.
charge to non-students is very low compared with fitness
center charges in the area for far less facilities and
services, he said. Frankly, I am surprised
that some staff do not think they should contribute
to the operating costs of this new facility. The real
issue is fairness.
members who use the facility will also have to pay the
$5 monthly fee. The university fees all students pay
has already been increased to help pay for the center,
some staff didnt buy it.
one individual in my unit was in favor of paying anything,
said Joe Laster, the director of Facility Services.
Some found it very offensive.
Kintigh, director of campus recreation, said the recreation
center planning committee researched fees charged by
several comparable universities.
schools we consider our competitors charge between $100
to $400 a year, he said.
said his biggest fear is that more increases will follow.
see this decision as one that will have long term consequences,
he said. Once this fee is entered into the budget
as a revenue item it will never trend downward and in
all likelihood will be increased to address budget shortfalls
in the future.