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MSSU Students to Vote on ROAR Fund, Athletics Fee Capped at $60 a Semester

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Students at Missouri Southern State University stand divided about a proposed new student fee. 
They will vote in 2 weeks on the ROAR fund, which stands for Re-charging Our Athletics and Recreation.
Addy Phillips is a music major and part of the marching band and hopes the ROAR fund will bring her group new uniforms.
 
"This last year alone we didn't have enough uniforms alone to outfit our band," Phillips said. "With the influx of students coming in, half our band will be marching without uniforms this season."
However, Phillips also believes the fund will benefit all.
"I stand in complete affirmation of  the ROAR fund, what it brings, in an athletic sense and a pride sense," she said.
The Re-charging Our Athletics and Recreation fund would be created with a fee of $4 per credit hour with a cap of $60 a semester. 
Initial projects include a soccer stadium with a turf field, lights, and a jumbotron at the football stadium.
Some students say other parts of campus are just as worthy and in need of funds. 
"If we're going to generate an infrastructure fee, especially when there are equipment in Reynolds from the 1970's, or small desks or maps that say USSR still within Webster, how can we justify giving this money only to athletics?" said Jake Messer, MSSU student Senator, ROAR opponent and creator of the vote no on ROAR facebook page.
"I'm not against an extra charge as long as its helping more students than just one specific group," said Zack Wages, MSSU Sophomore.  "I'm in the biology department and we do a lot of research science experiments, we need new equipment."
Some say other options should have been considered by the student Senate.
"I think they could have went about it a better way, done more research and polled students more," said Freshman Lucas Stanley.
"As it stands, they sort of rushed it through, bullied way through the student Senate,"  he said.
Messer says those against the fund come from all different departments, but athletic fund supporters say improvements there enhance the student experience. 
"I like the idea, I think it is money that's going to be useful for us, help us better the school, and get the students more involved," said Kristin McClanahan, MSSU junior.
"It's $4 a credit hour, I mean we buy books for $500 that we don't even use and end up returning, so i think it's a good investment, kind of make people's experiences at Missouri Southern State University better," said G. Forchu, an MSSU football player. 
Students decide how they will be voting April 29th and 30th in the Lion's Den of Billingsley Student Center.
To see the athletics departments description of the funds benefits go to the university website. Click here for a link 
And to link to opponents facebook page click here. 
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