On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 all undergraduate students had the opportunity to vote on a referendum asking whether students would support the implementation of a new recreation and wellness fee.
The voter turnout was 30 percent of eligible student voters. This is significantly higher than any campus wide vote in recent history. For the MUSG fall 2015 elections the turnout was 10 percent, and for the spring 2015 elections the turnout was 23 percent.
The results were 74 percent in favor of establishing the new fee and 26 percent opposed to the implementation.
The now student-approved fee is set to be $100 dollars per student per academic year, and will contribute to the construction of a new recreation and wellness facility. The fee will also support short-term improvements to current spaces while the facility is being built. MUSG will work in partnership with students and University Leadership to implement the fee in the 2017-18 academic year at the earliest.
The success of the referendum reflects students’ commitment to the future of wellness and health on campus. For both current students and future Golden Eagles, the new fee will contribute to a more positive student experience.