Some students oppose new rec center at Mo. State

Monday, April 19, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Some students at a southwest Missouri university are objecting to plans to build a $30 million recreation center.

The opponents say the building is not necessary during a time when Missouri State University is facing deep budget cuts. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday at the Springfield school.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Board of Governors member Phyllis Washington says the university still has to consider giving future students a well-rounded college experience.

A group of Missouri State students have questioned whether the project is fiscally responsible. Zach Becker, a Missouri State graduate, says the economy has changed dramatically since the project started in 2006.

But other students support the rec center construction, despite paying an extra fee every semester to help fund it.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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