SAN DIEGO — The second vote was closer than it has been, but San Diego State students have again turned down a proposed 8,500-seat, on-campus recreation facility that could have ultimately housed Aztec athletic teams.
The proposal was defeated, 3,966-3,133, in voting which took place Monday through Thursday. When the facility was first voted on in 1981, it was defeated by almost a 2-to-1 margin.
Paul Kennedy, an Associated Students council member, said the main obstacle was that students were being asked to increase tuition fees by up to $35 per semester to fund the proposed $20-million facility.
"No matter what the issue, asking students to self-impose fees is difficult to pass," said Bill Earley, Associated Students president. "The feeling I got from students I talked to is that the '80s are the 'me' generation. Students said, 'there is nothing in it for me, I won't benefit, and that's why I won't support it.' "