The latest word...
OHSU has made a decision to keep the March Wellness center open. It will apparently be consolidated into one floor, to save costs. It has been proposed that the gym at the old fitness center/coming student union be utilized for classes and intramural sports to replace these services for students that want them.
It appears that the administration made this decision assuming that the students will continue to contribute a large sum of money through the incidental fee. The incidental fee task force has been working with the thought that this would not be the case. I am personally tired of the university making these decisions without student input. It is likely that the report from the task force will recommend either severing ties with the march, or at the very least an opt out clause for students who do not wish to be enrolled. HOWEVER, this would only be a recommendation, and the provost/president could reject or amend the fee to their own accord.
It is imperative that students make their opinions known on this immediately. Students need an affordable, optional place to work out. March is currently neither of these things. With the graduate council passing responsibility to graduate students, the March fee will come out of your stipend unless we fix this. It is clear now that our opinions have been falling on somewhat deaf ears.
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The GSO will convene on Wednesday, April 2 (see below). The incidental fee task force will have met earlier in the day, and I'll have all the latest.
There will be another Incidental Fee Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 8th (5 PM, Old Library). Dr. Lesley Hallick, OHSU Provost has pledged to be in attendance. This may be the last time this year for students to make their point to the administration about March for the coming year.
I'm doing all I can, but I think at this point what we need is a large collective student voice, explaining that we will not tolerate being forced to pay an exorbitant fee for the march center, especially when our input on its future is not being taken into account.