• Alyson Heisler

Student-wide voting for Student Center renovation

As was previously reported in February of 2019, the lower level of the Student Center was damaged following a water break caused by a sprinkler line bursting. Around 2,000 gallons of water flowed into the area.

Since then, the area has been cleaned up and gutted to prepare for future renovations. Concept designs for renovation of the Student Center were announced for student input on Sept. 12, 2019 at a visual listening session by JLG Architects, the company that is assisting with the renovation plans.

On Nov. 14, 2019, the proposed designs were presented to President Steven Shirley, Student Government Association members, and faculty and staff. The proposed design plan included a renovation and redesign of the first and second levels of the Student Center, with specific intentions of opening the space up to include more natural light. A mezzanine was also included in the design to better connect the two floors and the Beaver Dam.

After the presentation of the design, the decision was in the hands of SGA. The Marketing Committee for the Student Center Renovation was formed and after discussion, the committee wrote a resolution in support of moving forward with the design.

“It seemed like this would be the best time to look into renovating the Student Center to make our campus seem competitive and give students the spaces they’ve been asking for,” the renovation committee said.

The renovation the committee supports does not come without a cost.

According to the committee, student fees are proposed to increase to an additional $70 a semester, with a maximum ceiling increase of $91 per semester. This increase is proposed to be over a 20-year payment period.

“This is a student project that is for the students, by the students, and will be funded by the students,” Kevin Harmon, vice president of student affairs, previously said.

The renovation plan — and the increased cost associated with it — need to be voted on and approved by the Minot State student body. To learn more about the renovation or for any questions about voting, students can speak with any SGA member.

SGA held a town hall informational meeting displaying the designs on March 9.

Physical polling locations will be set up throughout campus the week after Spring Break. Voting will begin on Wednesday, March 25 from 9-10:30 a.m. on the first floor of Old Main and from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Center. On March 26, the poll booth will be open from 11 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. on the first floor of Old Main and from 5-6:30 p.m. near the entrance of Beaver Creek Café on the second floor of the Student Center. Any student who pays a student activity fee at Minot State University is eligible to vote — a current student ID is required.

Alternative voting accommodations may be available by making arrangements 24 hours in advance with Leon Perzinski, Student Center director, at leon.perzinski@minotstateu.edu or Aaron Hughes, student activities coordinator, at aaron.hughes@minotstateu.edu.

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