Fresno State students voted against increasing their fees to pay for a new student union.
Students were asked to approve an annual fee increase of $400 that would not have gone into affect until the new building was open for service – an estimated four to five years.
The proposed $80 million building would have replaced the current student union, which was built in 1968 and was meant to serve about 10,000 students. Now, the university serves about 24,000.
On Thursday, the final vote was 1,846 against and 1,217 in favor.
A new student union is still needed, though, according to university officials.
“Today, Fresno State students made their voices heard and did not vote in favor of the construction of a bold new student union. While we are disappointed in the results, we will take this as an opportunity to reflect upon the many conversations that we had with the thousands of students that were for and against the initiative,” Fresno State’s student union board of directors said in a statement.
“We will continue to work with our campus partners and will not give up on the bold new U. There is still a need for a new student union. As the student body continues to grow and evolve, Fresno State needs a facility that meets the needs of current and future students.”