UNCG Associate Vice Chancellor Mike Byers said several of our questions about the university's planned recreation center in the Glenwood neighborhood would be best answered by the student affairs office, but we couldn't reach anyone in time for today's article. Yesterday after we had gone to press, a UNCG spokesperson forwarded answers to two of our questions.
Reade Taylor, UNCG's vice chancellor for business affairs, responded to two questions that Byers couldn't answer (below). The first question: How has/will the rec center affect/ed students financially? The second: If UNCG plans to break ground of the rec center in the spring, is it too late for students, faculty, etc. to give input? Will opposition be considered or is the project moving forward regardless?
Here are Taylor's complete answers:
"The facilities fee related to the new Student Recreation Center for a full-time student is $435 per year or $217.50 per semester. Upon its opening in the Fall of 2016, maintenance and programming costs will add approximately $156 to a full-time student's annual fees, or $78 per semester, based on today's costs and 15,500 student FTE.
UNCG contracted with a professional who conducted a needs evaluation, based in part on student surveys. There have been open forums for student input. The project aligns with UNCG's strategic plan. In addition, UNCG has already purchased the site and has invested several million dollars in its design. Construction will begin in the spring, unless the Board of Trustees determines otherwise. The board has approved the project."
Read the full article about UNCG's divisive student recreation center in today's issue of YES! Weekly or here online.