by NATASHA VITALE
Students at the University of Nevada, Reno will have an opportunity to vote whether they want to help fund a new fitness center for the university. The E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center is estimated to cost $71.3 million, $18 million of which will come from student fees. Students will have an opportunity to vote on WebCampus from Oct. 24-25 for whether they want to implement the fees starting in the fall of 2014. If implemented, the fees will total $60, with $30 per semester being implemented in the fall of 2014 to cover the cost of construction and $30 per semester in 2016 for student use of the fitness center.
The Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) held a town hall meeting on Oct. 17 in the Joe Crowley Student Union to discuss the fitness center and answer any questions students might have about the project.
Doug Knuth, director of Intercollegiate Athletics was part of the panel of university officials discussing the project. He spoke about the various uses the new fitness center could offer students that Lombardi currently doesn’t have the space for.
“I’ve been talking about this for a long time in terms of a shared use facility,” Knuth said. “A shared use fieldhouse is not just about athletics, it’s about community, it’s about the university. So what we’re looking at in terms of development in concept to this point is a shared use facility which obviously provides great practice space for the football team, but more importantly in my mind is the opportunity for recreational and club sport teams.”
Students had an opportunity to ask the panel questions about scheduling and fees after the presentation on the new fitness center.