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Inside Iowa State
June 6, 1997

Lied Center user fees to go up

by Steve Jones

For the first time since the Lied Center opened in 1990, user fees will increase.

Effective Aug. 1, faculty and staff users will pay an additional $10 a year. The new fee will be $80 annually or $40 per semester. Post-doctoral researchers, approved university affiliates, retired faculty and staff, and employee spouses and dependents age 18 and over also will see a $10 rate hike, to $80 annually.

ISU Alumni Association members and their spouses and dependents age 18 and over will pay $180 annually, up from the current $150. The rates for student spouses and student dependents will remain $30 per year.

The rate increases are needed to meet rising operational and management costs, said Larry Cooney, director of recreation services.

Cooney said fees for towel and locker service will increase for the first time since 1989. At both the Lied Center and Beyer Hall, the fee will increase from $40 to $50 annually, and from $20 to $25 per semester.

Fees for a locker, towel and workout clothes will increase from $75 to $100 annually, and from $35 to $50 per semester.

Cooney said Recreation Services is able to keep the Lied Center open at least 16 hours a day using student supervisors, who are paid with user fees.

ISU students do not pay a user fee, but part of their student fees goes to retire the debt on the building. The Lied Center was constructed with a combination of student fees and athletic department funds. Students are paying two-thirds of the cost of the facility and athletics, the other third.

User cards may be purchased at the Lied Center service desk, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Beyer Hall, State Gym and the Forker Building (formerly the P.E. Building) were built with state funds and do not require a facility user fee.

Cooney said ISU's non-student recreation fees are a bargain, according to a 1996-97 survey of Big 12 Conference universities. Missouri, which charges $66.50 per year, and Texas Tech ($75), were the only schools with fees similar to ISU's. Fees at the other universities range from $97.20 to $240 annually. Baylor and Kansas, which have limited facilities, charge no fee, according to Cooney.

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