Midterm Part IV: Improvement of the University of Oregon Campus Will Cost Students Money

By: Kyle Hebel

EUGENE, Ore – University of Oregon students recently learned that the improvement of their campus is coming out of their own pockets.

Come this fall, the University will raise the price of student to pay for renovating the Student Recreation Center and the Erb Memorial Union (EMU).

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New renovations towards the EMU will begin Spring 2014. photo credit: Tara Khoshbin

Some students are in support of these renovations that are going to take place. Ben Davies, a sophomore psychology major, said he uses the recreation center often and fine with paying an extra $381 a year because he finds it “cheaper than a gym membership.”

Some students don’t want to pay these fees because they don’t believe it will benefit them. Matt Katsen, a junior Business major, said, “I don’t see the point in paying these fees for something that I will never get to use.”

According to the Emerald, the school will add two new fees to students bills that will cover the remodeling of the Student Rec Center and the EMU. Some students are not entirely behind these new renovations because they don’t spend a lot of their time in either of these buildings.

Crystal Hawk, a psychology and english major, said, “I think the buildings are great the way they are, and I think they should be working on other buildings or programs.”

Bryan Haunert, the associate director of facilities, operations, and services at the University of Oregon, said, the renovations will expand the recreation center building by 110,00 square feet, 95,000 square feet will be a brand new building and the remainder is being renovated building space.

Haunert adds that some additions to the recreation center will include doubling the fitness and weight area, a new three-court gym, two swimming pools and spas, and additional medium-sized ‘mind and body studio.’

According to the Emerald, these fees will cost student an additional $381 per year along with other tuition fees students must pay every year. Students must pay $38 for the recreation center and $67 for the EMU every term. The EMU renovations is set to be completed by the summer of 2016 and the student rec is expected to be completed by winter 2014.

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