Students Support Fee For New University SportsPlex

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – The votes, again, are in and students at the University of Windsor have voted in favour of building a $73 million sports complex. The favourable vote by graduate students binds them to an annual $125 tuition fee to support the new construction.

A similar referendum last fall defeated the proposal. The graduate, undergraduate, and part time student bodies were required to each vote to support the fee or the initiative would have fallen a second time. Graduate students voted against the fee while favourable decisions were razor thin.

“I don’t believe it will ever happen without student support,” Athletic Director Mike Havey told CBC. “If you look at the other institutions that have done this, the University of Western Ontario, Guelph, McMaster, Queen’s, the students made a contribution.”

The fee will remain in place for 30 years.

The current facility, the St Denis Fieldhouse will remain open during construction. The new facility would include an expanded fitness centre, indoor and outdoor sports courts, a running trail, and a new accessible pool.

The vote totals for the Graduate Student Society at the University of Windsor was the final favourable decision to bind the student body to a $125 fee in support of constructing a new sports facility at the University of Windsor. The final vote was released 25 November 2016.<br>Photo courtesy of Brett Hedges.

The vote totals for the Graduate Student Society at the University of Windsor was the final favourable decision to bind the student body to a $125 fee in support of constructing a new sports facility at the University of Windsor. The final vote was released 25 November 2016.
Photo courtesy of Brett Hedges.

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