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MU fee raise is up for vote

If the Board of Curators approves it, students
would start paying $75 more per semester
Tuesday, January 27, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:27 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

A student fee increase to help fund a massive overhaul of MU’s Student Recreation Center will take effect next fall if approved Thursday by the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Students voted overwhelmingly for the fee increase of $75 per semester in October 2001, but it was not meant to be assessed until the center opens. That opening is scheduled for the fall.

The fee is part of an overall fee increase of $78.88 per semester that includes $3.88 for a newspaper readership program, according to MU spokesman Christian Basi.

Undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at MU would pay a total of $290.53 per semester next year, up from the current $211.65.

The $43 million expansion and renovation will include new locker rooms, expanded fitness areas, a competitive pool and diving well, and air conditioning, according to the rec center’s Web site. No state money is being used.

“I think that it’s a lot, but at the same time we’re getting a lot out of it, and it’s not just a random number decided by administrators,” said Kara Heppermann, vice president of Missouri Students Association.

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Ken Derendinger studies as he waits for a treadmill Monday at MU’s Student Recreation Center. This is a normal routine for Derendinger, who exercises at least five times a week and said he has to wait almost every time he works out. (ANDREW HAAG/Missourian )

The newspaper fee will go for the USA Today Readership Program, which students voted to make permanent in November. The program supplies The New York Times, USA Today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Columbia Missourian newspapers daily at several locations on campus.

The curators will also vote on room and board rates. Based on the most common plan, MU housing rates would increase 3.4 percent — or $170 — per year, according to the meeting’s agenda.

The increase in housing charges at MU is based on a 4 percent average increase in room rates, and meal plans would be increased to correspond with their actual costs (right now, the meals cost more than what students pay). That means the most commonly used meal plan, which covers 14 meals a week, would cost $60 more a year — from $2,290 now to $2,350.

Adjusting fees and housing rates is a yearly process for curators. The room and board increases are due to inflation, UM system spokesman Joe Moore said.


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