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The Facilities Fee And You

You know, as a blogger, I get to cover the sexiest, most exciting and incendiary stories on campus.

Like MANDATORY NON-TUITION COSTS! OH BABY!

In all seriousness, the recent increase on the controversial facilities fee should cause concern for Penn State students. The fee, which was instated last summer amongst a sizable amount of kicking and screaming from tuition-conscious students, has now been doubled to an extra $200 on top of the already increasing costs to study at Penn State.

By next spring, [Facilities Fee Advisory Board Chairman Gavin] Keirans said the fee will have collected about $12 million, which will enable the board to “take on a major project.” The project ideas range from the construction of new gyms to new recreational fields.

While facilities like a new gym (have you been to the White building lately? It’s getting ridiculously crowded) would be nice, the problem is that there’s no guarantee this tacked-on fee will fund something every student would want. Because the sweeping nature of the additional charge, you’re inevitably going to piss off someone no matter how you use this money. It’s not a good sign for those who initially showed concern about the provision that it has been doubled within a year of its institution.

[Source: The Daily Collegian]

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Mark

Mark McColey is a Senior majoring in Advertising and Labor-Employment relations. Among his loves are Penn State Football, The Steelers, The Penguins, The Simpsons, Tina Fey, and Arrested Development.

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