ASI discusses new rec center and elections
February 4, 2009 5:58 PM
At their second meeting of the semester, Associated Students, Inc. met to discuss plans for a new recreation center as well as the upcoming election for board members.
Plans for a new Recreation & Wellness Center at SF State may be put on hold due to budget issues involving an $80 million bond, according to the ASI members at a meeting Wednesday.
The Student Center Governing Board appears to be the only resource the ASI has to float the bond. The ASI will negotiate a kind of partnership with SCGB to build the center if it agrees to supply the funds.
A meeting is set for Thursday to determine whether they will pursue the bond.
"If they're not interested, the Recreation Center will come to a halt," Peter Koo, executive director of ASI, said.
Koo said he didn't originally think the SCGB would be a part of the project, stating he would have consulted them first if he had.
"We got a curve ball," he said. "We are trying to deal the best we can."
ASI members expressed concern over the partnership. Around $100,000 in consulting fees was paid by the ASI before the project began. Members wondered if the fee would be reimbursed.
Koo stated that SCGB would control what it does with the money.
One projected Wellness Center included a 120 thousand square foot center equipped with activity rooms, a lounging area and gym and was estimated to cost around $86 million. Students would pay a fee of $150-$160 per semester to keep the center running.
Another option was a smaller center that would cost around $56 million to build and cost students around $85-$95 dollar fee.
Natalie Franklin, president of ASI, said after the bond issue is decided from SCGB, the center will be put as a referendum on the ballot in the upcoming elections in March.
An election for Associated Students has begun its filing period for Spring 2009. Candidates interested in becoming members will attend a mandatory candidate meeting on February 19.
Students have until February 11 to file for candidacy. The elections are scheduled to take place from March 16 to March 20.
This year's elections will feature a special
Those interested in applying can receive and application at the Associated Students Incorporated Office.
Also on Wednesday, the ASI held heard from students in an attempt to fill an open position for Junior Representative.
Alan Okida was the only student to apply for the position, stating, "I realized that through communicating to students that I could affect them positively."
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