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MSU Students May Face $50 'Bear Fee' for Campus Upgrades

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A new fee is being proposed to upgrade athletic facilities. The rec center was paid for with student fees, and now the student government would like to add another fee they say is necessary.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State University students could see a hike in their bills next year.

A new fee is being proposed to upgrade athletic facilities. The rec center was paid for with student fees, and now the student government would like to add another fee they say is necessary.

Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex is in need of serious repairs. The student section is set to be shut down after this season. Wooden bleachers have become so worn out they're now a safety concern.

There is a plan to repair the seats and boost future game attendance.

"Right now the football games don't really get that big of a crowd, but if they can find a way to get more people in for the crowd, I think that's really great," adds MSU sophomore Claire Geneser.

The catch is that students are being asked to help pay with a new "bear experience and recreation fee" of $50 more a semester. Some students don't want to add that to their bill.

Tuition is $6,000 a semester. Books cost about $500. Then there's the student services fee which right now stands at $400 and that's what would increase if the facilities fee were added.

But other students say the fee is a small price to pay for the benefits.

"I think it's always kind of discouraging when they add in new fees," adds Geneser. "We're not expecting, but I mean it is going toward a good cause and it's for all the student body not just a little bit."

"I think any improvement with the school I think is a good fee and it doesn't seem to be asking too much," says MSU senior Meagan Good.

MSU students will vote on the bear fee on the homecoming ballot. The fees will also help build a new practice facility for the women's field hockey team.


If students vote in the fee, construction will take place next year. They won't see the $50 on their bill until next fall.
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