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UNR: Majority of Students Support New Fitness Facilities Fee

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We have an update on a story we first brought you earlier this month about a tuition fee to build a new fitness center at the University of Nevada.

The university says a new advisory vote shows almost 59% of students support the fee to help pay for the $71 million E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center and fieldhouse. The student-fee proposal put forth through the advisory vote represented a contribution of $18 million toward the new facilities.

Breaking that down - 61% of undergrads voted for the concept, while 44% of grad students supported it.

If the Board of Regents backs it, undergrads will be charged $30 per semester starting next fall- which will increase to $60 when the facility is finished in 2016.

"These projects recognize the importance of overall health of the student and will help ensure wellness is more fully integrated into our campus culture and the daily lives of our students, faculty and staff," President Marc Johnson said. "I am pleased to see this concept for enhanced fitness facilities move forward."

The fitness center will offer weightlifting and fitness training and will include three basketball courts and a 200-meter indoor track. The four-story, 100,000 square foot facility will be built between Lawlor Events Center and the Brian Whalen Parking Complex removing a nearby metered parking lot. 
 
"There is a tremendous amount of research and data that connects student fitness levels to improved cognitive function, academic performance, social networks and engagement on campus, plus a decrease in stress and anxiety," said Jim Fitzsimmons, the University's director of campus recreation and wellness and the Lombardi Recreation Center.

The fieldhouse would go between Mackay Stadium and Wolf Pack Park - where the tennis courts sit - serving as an indoor practice facility for Wolf Pack athletic programs. The fieldhouse will have a full-scale football field and a six-lane, 307-meter track. 
 
"We voted for the wellness of students here on campus both now and in the future," Ziad Rashdan, ASUN president, said. "By voting yes, undergraduate students showed their support of the University's mission to embrace a culture of fitness and student success, and leave a legacy for the future, as was done for us with facilities such as the Joe Crowley Student Union and the (Mathewson-IGT) Knowledge Center."

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