CSUB students to vote on new student union project

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CSU Bakersfield students are expected to vote this month on a new project that would expand both the student union and recreational center on campus.

Students will vote on whether to move forward with a $37 million project on Feb. 21 and 22.

The project will expand the student union to better meet the needs of the school’s growing campus, according to the website. The new building plans includes multiple lounge spaces for hanging out in between classes or events, design labs for clubs and organizations to create digital marketing campaigns, and the addition of food vendors like Panda Express and Starbucks. 

The plan also proposes changes for the student recreation center. Currently, CSUB students have access to CSUB Athletics’ Hillman Aquatic Facility for one hour per day. The addition of a recreational pool will be geared toward recreational activities, like intramurals and group classes.

The current student union was originally built in May 1987 when the campus population was nearly 5,100. Since then, CSUB has grown to over 10,000 students, according to the website. 

The school hopes to pay for the project through campus support, fundraising, and student fees.

For more information on the proposed expansion including important dates and additional photos, visit the project’s website. 

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