Students to protest against construction of University Recreation CenterMar 20th, 2010 | By Zach | Category: Campus Events, Campus News, News, Top Story
by Zach Becker
A group of Missouri State University students are planning to protest construction of the University Recreation Center, a $22.9 building set to break ground next month.
The protest will occur from 2-to-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, outside Carrington Hall on campus.
“There’s a Facebook group of over 150 students against the construction,” said protest organizer and Missouri State student Heather Welborn. “The most commonly posted reasons to rethink the project range from, ‘I’ll never use it,’ to ‘I don’t want to pay for it.’”
Welborn believes the construction is a waste of valuable resources during a time when the budget is incredibly tight.
“My goal is to shed light on an issue many at Missouri State feel strongly about,” she said. “This project is largely an awareness campaign.”
Welborn plans to circulate a petition calling for a student body re-vote “to see if this project is still in line with how students want their money spent.” Students originally approved a $16.5 million renovation of McDonald Arena in 2006, which later evolved into the construction of an entirely new building.
Welborn said students who cannot attend the protest but are interested in the cause should join a Facebook group called “MSU Students Against Construction of the University Recreation Center.” Information about further efforts to stop this construction will be posted there, she said.
“A protest is a great way to increase awareness on campus,” Welborn said. “It encourages student involvement in shaping and questioning the policies that directly effect them. If you hear about the Rec project for the first time through the protest, we made a difference.”