Lakehead University students to vote on proposed new athletics facility
Proponents say building would increase available athletics space for students, offer other amenities
Students at Lakehead University start to vote today on whether they want to pay more in fees, with the money going toward a planned new athletics facility on campus.
This proposed project has basically come out of student ideas, student focus groups, student needs and, to be frank, at times, student complaints as in what we're not delivering," said Tom Warden, the athletics director at Lakehead.
"Ultimately, students make the decision on whether they'd like to see it happen or not."
The proposed 30,000 square-foot facility would be connected — and built adjacent — to the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse and the Lakehead Athletics Hangar, and would include a multi-purpose gymnasium, modern weightlifting space, student study areas, a market and a pharmacy, said Tyler McDougall, the lead student campaigner for the facility.
"It's so much more than just an athletics facility, it's going to be kind of like a student-driven, positive space," she said.
The referendum among Lakehead students, which will be conducted online, centres around whether to add $49.50 per-term to the fees students pay for campus amenities, over and above their tuition.
The vote is scheduled to run from March 21-28. The Lakehead University Student Union said it is not taking a position on the issue.
"The overall wellness of our students is essential to us," Warden said. "I feel strongly it's a good idea but that doesn't really matter, it's more up to the students, they're going to be the ones that decide."
"It's been an exciting time here at Lakehead, it's promoted a lot of really good discussion on a lot of things ... so regardless of the outcome, we've grown as a department and it's been a good process."