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Date Posted: Sun, April 03 2005, 10:01:06
Author: duck
Subject: Re: Special Events Center Announcement
In reply to: 91 's message, "Re: Special Events Center Announcement" on Sat, April 02 2005, 6:51:00

Congratulations Rusty. That sounds like a big baby Joshua.

Easy sell or not, it sounds like students are being asked to foot a much larger bill, and I disagree that more of them have ever attended basketball games than have or would attend football games, and I categorically reject your comment about the alleged "relatively few wealthy alums." That's a populist-sounding low blow that has no relationship to reality.

The "either-or" argument has never been valid. If we can afford $38 million and a 6/hr tax on students for Arena and Rec, I have no doubt we will soon be adding the 3 new sports as well.

BTW, did you notice the info about the swimming natatorium that was included, as well as the plan to tear down the old PE building? It all adds up to lots of changes that will all tie together with future moves up to 1A-land.

>but if I understand it right, $2 of the fee goes to
>the arena and I guess the other $4 would go to the
>activities building upgrade, which nearly every
>student will use at some point in their UTA career. I
>think that's a pretty easy sell.
>Football, while being a great cause for a relatively
>few wealthy alums to give their hard-earned money to
>and a couple of thousand students that might attend
>games...we should look the number/benefit component of
>The actual percentage of students (especially since
>the number of students living on-campus is growing
>each semester is seems) that will step foot inside the
>arena for a game/concert, etc. or use the activities
>building on a fairly regular basis is MUCH higher. You
>put a nice activities building on campus and it will
>lead to more people wanting to live on campus. It's a
>big selling point.
>So, in my opinon this fee is such an easy sell.
>Saying "for this fee, you'll a great new arena to see
>hoop/volleyball/concerts/graduations. And that's nice
>for the occasional special event you might attend."
>Which is nice.
>"But also imagine at the end of a long day of
>classes...you'll have a first-class place to go
>jogging, improve your jump shot or join your friends
>(or meet new ones) in a pickup game of hoop, play some
>volleyball, lift some weights, play a game of
>racquetball, take a cardio aerobics class, learn
>karate or another hobby, or just relax with friends or
>classmates in a beautiful setting almost any time of
>day. All for just a few dollars per class".
>That's an easy sell. More students can relate to that.
>I wasn't a huge athlete, but even I played in an
>intramural volleyball league, racquetball tournament
>and found the activities building a great place to
>study and meet friends between/after class.

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