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Students respond to ESC proposal

Bruce Shepard sent out an email addressing the Ethnic Student Center and the lack of space for student who use it. A proposed solution would include a $20 million new building, which would in turn cost students $150 a year in student fees for the next 15 years.

Kian Hausken // Photo by Nicole Valley.
Kian Hausken // Photo by Nicole Valley.

Kian Hausken

How would you feel about being charged an additional $150 a year in student fees? 

I would feel fine being charged that amount personally but I know probably other people would not agree as much.

How important do you feel the ethnic student center getting a new building is?

I would think it’s pretty important, but again there’s going to be people who are going to disagree with that.

Saba Farwell

Saba Farwell // Photo by Nicole Valley.
Saba Farwell // Photo by Nicole Valley.

How would you feel about being charged an additional $150 a year in student fees? 

I think that there’s really no reason for students to have to pay more money for something that is actually a right of students of color to have, I think that should exist in and of itself.

How important do you feel the ethnic student center getting a new building is?

I think it’s extremely important that students of color and even students who are not of color, Caucasian students, are able to interact in a place like the Ethnic Student Center. I think that because the Ethnic Student Center has been an oppressed organization on this campus says a lot about how the school views it. I think that if it’s out in the open it will become a non-stigmatized space that will hold more pride for students of color.

Gregory Murashige

Gregory Murashige // Photo by Nicole Valley.
Gregory Murashige // Photo by Nicole Valley.

How would you feel about being charged an additional $150 a year in student fees? 

I would be fine with it personally.

How important do you feel the ethnic student center getting a new building is?

If it’s a place for people to meet each other then that’s good.

Jordan Moore

Jordan Moore // Photo by Nicole Valley.
Jordan Moore // Photo by Nicole Valley.

How would you feel about being charged an additional $150 a year in student fees? 

I feel like a whole new building might not necessarily be necessary, maybe if there was some way they could do an addition onto a building.

How important do you feel the ethnic student center getting a new building is?

I think with the amount of traffic that it sounds like they might be getting, it might be a good thing to get a bigger, more accommodating space.

Trenton Schroeder

Trenton Schroeder // Photo by Nicole Valley.
Trenton Schroeder // Photo by Nicole Valley.

How would you feel about being charged an additional $150 a year in student fees? 

I think that’d be a good idea, I’d pay the extra $150 for a new building.

How important do you feel the ethnic student center getting a new building is?

I think it’s very important because it’s not very well-known right now so it needs to be recognized.

Soha Pourpirali

Soha Pourpirali // Photo by Nicole Valley.
Soha Pourpirali // Photo by Nicole Valley.

How would you feel about being charged an additional $150 a year in student fees? 

I think that’s a good idea, because I’ve been to the Ethnic Student Center a couple of times, it’s a room at the Viking Union. It’s really small, and it seems like we could do a lot more with that if there was a building.

How important do you feel the ethnic student center getting a new building is?

If it’s something that people use a lot, just like the gym or the library, these are things people use a lot, so if will be used and appreciated then I think it is important.

Daniel Chong

Daniel Chong // Photo by Nicole Valley.
Daniel Chong // Photo by Nicole Valley.

How would you feel about being charged an additional $150 a year in student fees? 

I’d question it.

How important do you feel the ethnic student center getting a new building is?

I just don’t know what the point of it would be. We have so many culture clubs already. I feel like it would bring more segregation.

Emily Schneider

Emily Schneiders // Photo by Nicole Valley.
Emily Schneiders // Photo by Nicole Valley.

How would you feel about being charged an additional $150 a year in student fees? 

Honestly, I feel like we’re getting charged so much money I wouldn’t even notice.

How important do you feel the ethnic student center getting a new building is?

If that would make them feel better then I’m cool with it.

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