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LU student body votes on new student center

The Lamar University Student Government Association is supporting a referendum vote that will be the first step in the approval process for constructing a new student center on campus.  Lamar students will have the opportunity to vote on a self-imposed fee increase from April 16-27.  To vote, students must log in to the self-service banner in their mylamar account and access their personal information to find the survey and voting ballot.

“Students should want to hang out at the student center on campus and the current Setzer Student Center is not that conducive to making students want to spend much time there,” said Will Robbins, president pro tem of the LU Student Senate and leader of the referendum support initiative.  “We’d like to have more lounge areas, a small theater, perhaps a coffee and sandwich shop and game areas in the new student center.”

The current Setzer Student Center was completed in 1971 and is named for former LU president Richard Setzer.  The Center currently offers optional dining facilities at Mirabeau’s sandwich shop and the Cardinal’s Nest.  Lounge areas with flat screen televisions, ballrooms for special events and conference rooms for meetings are also available inside the Setzer Center.

According to Robbins, the proposed $15 million student center would be more cost effective than trying to renovate and update the current facility.  Students would see their Setzer Student Center fees rise from $30 per semester to an estimated $100 per semester if the referendum is passed.  The increase in student services fees would not begin until the ground is broken for the new student center.  The referendum is only the first hurdle for the student government association.  Approvals would also have to be obtained by LU administration and the TSUS Board of Regents before any new facility could be constructed.