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Sports make up majority of general fees in students’ tuition bills

Though the Stroh Center construction has raised questions pitting academics versus athletics, some students may not be aware of what they are already contributing to University sports. A $90 recreational sports facilities fee and a $266 intercollegiate athletics fee are part of the $633 general fee students pay each semester. Stephen Kampf, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and director of Recreational Sports, said by paying the $90, full-time students have access to all Student Recreational Center facilities and Perry Field House. ‘You can’t get a membership at any place for that price,’ he said. Kampf said the recreational sports fee will likely decrease in fall 2009, but he won’t know by how much until closer to the fall.’ While full-time students pay the $90 fee upfront, those going part-time pay $9 per credit hour and must pay the remaining amount directly to the Rec Center to be able to use the facilities.’ The $90 pays for student employment, operating costs and facilities, said Cathy Swick, assistant director of the Rec Center. Kampf said the Rec Center operating costs are higher than other buildings on campus because of the hours they are open and the amount of traffic they receive. Only non-academic buildings like the Rec Center, the Field House and the Union have to pay their own heating bills, he said. Though the $90 fee cannot be waived, Swick said students get their money’s worth. ‘Money goes right back to students. I don’t know how many buildings on campus get that many students’hellip; you have to look at how many students use the facility,’ she said, adding about 2,600 students per day use the Rec Center Monday through Friday. In addition to the recreational sports fee, students pay a separate $266 to intercollegiate athletics, which allows students free admission to BGSU varsity athletic events. ‘[The fee] amounts to roughly $8.5 million total. In turn, we pay the University about $6 million for the room, board and tuition for the 425 student-athletes-so about 70′ percent of the general fee paid by students ultimately goes back to the University,’ Athletic Director Greg Christopher said in an email. Students cannot waive the fee, Associate Athletic Director James Elsasser said. Though Athletics receives the biggest chunk of student general fee dollars, the fee is like any other students pay for University services, he said. ‘Athletics is not the only [group] that receives general fee dollars,’ Elsasser said.

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