ASMSU discusses adding fitness center access fee to tuition
The addition of a fitness fee to student tuition was one of the many policies on deck at Thursday evening’s ASMSU committee meeting.
ASMSU discussed three policies during the meeting, most notably going over adding a student tax, — similar to the funding Impact 89FM radio or ASMSU receives — which would allow students to access on-campus fitness facilities.
The policy included an opt-out for students who would prefer not to pay for access to the fitness centers.
Lyman Briggs College representative James Conwell presented the bill, saying if a fitness fee is added to the student tuition and fees, financial aid would be able to cover the cost of a fitness plan, making it more accessible to students.
Most of the Big Ten schools already offer free access to fitness centers for their students. Adding the fee to the tuition costs for MSU students would reduce the cost of using the fitness center from $85 per semester to an estimated $50 per semester, Conwell said during the meeting.
Another subject that was discussed during the committee meeting was advocating to make billiards free in the Union. Currently, it costs $5 per hour to play billiards in the Union.
“Why is this not a free service to students, it’s a very low cost marginal cost, and why is this not something ASMSU can focus on and create as an alternative of going to the bar?,” ASMSU President Evan Martinak
The University Activities Board offers free bowling and billiards on Wednesday nights each week.
ASMSU discussed passing its own bill supporting a new bill providing voting registration forms when signing a lease for off-campus housing. East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett was a guest speaker at last week’s meeting presenting this potential bill the city is looking into.
“At the very least, its not going to hurt anybody because like we said, all it does is provide students with information and the form,” ASMSU Vice President for Governmental Affairs Dylan Miller said. “It just seems like it can’t lead to less student voters; it’ll either lead to the same amount of student voters or more student voters.”
All three policies were approved by the council and will be voted on at next week’s Jan. 24 general assembly meeting by the council.