UN students to vote on fee hike in November that could lead to football program being established
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — In a month, UNO students will be asked to vote on a tuition hike that could lead to a soccer team and a new stadium on campus. The aim is to try to stimulate a burnt-out student population, improving the college experience, but that comes with what many say is a steep price.
This site near Lakefront Arena once hosted Pope John Paul II and now the UN wants to see other major events held here on a regular basis.
“We’re trying to ‘wake up the lake’ there and this is one way of doing it.
The UN has commissioned a feasibility study on what it would cost to integrate an FCS soccer program, along with a new stadium, marching band, and women’s soccer and golf programs, with the aim of improving the university experience and fill the exhausted classrooms since Katrina. .
“It’s something to increase enrollment, it’s been dramatic to go from 17,000 to around 8,000,” Duncan said.
There have been a number of town hall meetings and several more are scheduled between now and November 7 when students can vote for or against the “Wake the Lake” program.
“I’m a huge football fan, but looking at some numbers, do you have few programs and do you make a profit,” student Louis Hébert said.
Although the new stadium and athletic improvements would cost students up to $800 a year and their activities, developers say much of the cost would be covered by grant programs.
“80% of our students get scholarships, most of them would even feel the increase,” Duncan said.
Lots of Uno alumni like the idea
“Former students come back, they don’t go to math class, they go to see the football stadium,” said alumnus and sports propellant Dave Sherman.
But the proposal will come down to a student vote next month.
“As long as my Pell grant covers it, I don’t want to have to pay for it, I don’t want to come out of pocket,” said student Nyanza Dilbert.
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