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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Student Government

Fee vote, app discussion to be held

A crucial vote on the proposed athletics fee and plans for a UH smartphone app, which has brought up complaints from the computer science department, are on the agenda for the Student Government Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. today in the Cougar Den.

SGA will vote on whether or not to send the $50 student fee increase recommended by the Student Fees Advisory Committee to student referendum, SGA President Michael Harding said.

SFAC recommended the SGA should allow students to vote on whether they are willing to pay the extra $50 per semester in its Nov. 14 report.

Forty-five dollars of the $50 increase, which can last up to 25 years, would go to the athletics department for the construction of a new football stadium, the renovation of Hofheinz Pavilion and the maintenance of these and future athletic facilities, SFAC Chair John Evans said.

SGA Director of Finances Turner Harris will also detail plans for the University smartphone app, Harding said.

The SGA will be given $59,125 of student fees for the app if the SFAC recommendations get approved.

The proposed app has stirred controversy among computer science majors because of the use of a third-party developer, as The Daily Cougar reported on Nov. 29.

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