UConn Rec Center Upgrade May Be Funded by Student Fees

By Liz Dahlem
|  Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 8:22 AM EDT
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A $100 million upgrade to UConn's recreation center would would be paid for with fees levied on students.

A $100 million upgrade to UConn's recreation center would would be paid for with fees levied on students.

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The UConn recreation center could get a $100 million upgrade if students are willing to pay for it.  

The center would feature a 50-meter pool, turf field, yoga room, and possibly a juice bar.

The project would be funded by student fees of up to $500 a year.

“It’s does not seem reasonable that the university says they can't do that. I think they just need to try harder," said Ian Yue, a graduate student at UConn.

But some students feel the current center is old and out dated.

“The ceilings are leaky. In our weight room there are holes in the floors," said Julia Quattrini, a UConn senior.

The UConn board of trustees met about the plan on Wednesday.

The proposal would require undergraduate students to pay annual fees of up to $500. Graduate students would pay $400.

The board will meet again in August and likely vote on the plan.

Fees won’t kick in until the center is built. The goal is to have it open by 2016.

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