"This has been my career goal for the last 18 years and it's something I really believe the campus, the students, and the community will benefit from," Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness Jim Fitzsimmons says.
It's been dubbed a fitness movement.
"There's a lot of research that says when students perform well academically, it's because of the wellness and healthy lifestyles they have," ASUN President Ziad Rashdan says.
The university wants to build a four-story facility on campus, offering more than 100,000 square feet of multi-use space for fitness and recreation.
"The feedback we've always received from students is hey we love what you guys do. We just want more of it and we want bigger," Fitzsimmons says.
Not only will a new recreation center be built, but also a new indoor track and field facility that would be used by athletics and students.
Fitzsimmons says the project originally started with former University of Nevada President Milton Glick and then due to the down economy, it had to take a back seat.
"We were able to receive an amazing gift from the E.L. Wiegan Foundation and that kind of gave life to the project," Fitzsimmons says.
The $8 million gift teamed with $32 million already raised and donated, and another $21.3 million from the closing of a campus facility in Elko called the Fire Science Academy, the university is almost there.
Now it's up to the students to vote if they can contribute another $18 million.
"We are going to be taking their opinions to heart and whatever the decision the students make is going to be the answer from the student government," Rashdan says.
It will take a majority vote for the plans to pass.
To break it down, $30 added to tuition each semester in 2014 and 2015. Then, starting in 2016, each student would pay $60 to $65 with tuition to pay for a gym pass for the semester.
Meaning every student would get a gym membership.
Right now gym memberships to Lombardi Recreation are optional and the cost is about $80 a semester.
After all, Fitzsimmons says it's all for the students.
"I don't think I'll ever give up on this and I don't think the campus will," Fitzsimmons says.
Students can vote on the Web Campus website starting at 8 a.m. October 24 and ending at 8 p.m. October 25.
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