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Sydney Shiek, Fargo, Published May 22 2013

Letter: Costly aquatic center a bad idea

North Dakota State University’s aquatic center sounds nice but expensive – $11 million is a lot of money for students who are already paying a high cost for their education.

Only 60 percent of students who were asked approved building the swimming pool. The university says that each student will have to pay an increase of $113 annually.

Why should these students have to pay an extra $113 for a swimming pool that they did not vote for and do not really have an interest in? Is it fair for those students to have to pay for the pool?

There needs to be a higher percentage of people who vote for the swimming pool; 60 percent is not that high considering everyone has to pay for it. Eighty percent would be more reasonable.

Also, they say that people in the metro area could purchase a pass through the school to go swimming when it opens, but where is that money going? If the pool gets approved and gets built, I would like to see the money that the metro area pays go toward the pool itself so that the students do not have to pay as much.