The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) will meet to discuss support for a “student focused” approach to Campus Recreation and other business Wednesday during the 12th Assembly’s weekly meeting in 233B HUB.
Penn State’s Board of Trustees confirmed the Student Fee Board’s recommendation of a $57 Campus Recreation fee during the board’s summer meeting that would give all students access to all of the recreational facilities on campus.
In the past, students had to pay $60 per semester or $110 per year to use University Park’s three fitness facilities – White Building, Hepper Fitness Center, and IM Building. With the new membership, students can use all the buildings along with campus swimming pools as long as they present a valid Penn State student ID.
With the new changes, memberships for faculty and staff members will now cost $50 per month, $95 per semester, or $230 annually, with annual memberships lasting from the beginning of fall classes until the last day of summer classes.
UPUA President Katie Jordan noted in her report during the assembly’s general meeting on Wednesday, September 6, that faculty members have pushed back against the new changes for Campus Recreation, many of which have been student focused.
In response, UPUA Facilities Chair Cody Heaton along with Vice-Chair Ben Cutler will bring Resolution #08 – 12 Support for a Student-Focused Approach to Campus Recreation to the floor.
The recommended course of action for the resolution is for the UPUA to commend “the Student Fee Board’s initial decision” and support Campus Recreation “in light of recent backlash.”
The resolution also commends Campus Recreation for expanding its facility hours and ensuring that “student’s interests are held at the forefront of the new membership system.”
In addition to the resolution, the assembly will also hear a presentation from the Penn State Student Performing Arts Council and will confirm Freshman Representatives and swear in this assembly’s Freshman Council.
UPUA meets at 8 p.m. every Wednesday in 223B HUB-Robeson Center. Meetings are open to the public and student attendance is encouraged.