Will SSU students pay extra for new center?

The latest contested building project at Sonoma State University is being pushed by students, not administrators.

Student leaders are campaigning for a $65 million student center, asking their peers to vote to assess a $150 fee per semester to help pay for the building.

A three-day student vote is set to start April 11.

"It will be a place for students to congregate, to hang out, to dine," said Nicolas Carjuzaa, a student senator on the Associated Students Inc.

"What's in it is solidly in the interests of students, what students have complained about not having in the past," Carjuzaa said.

There is enthusiasm on campus for the idea.

"I really want it to pass to liven up the campus," said Oscar Salinas, a senior likely to graduate long before it opened.

But there also is resistance.

"It's just to look good," said Maggie Wiley, a sophomore. "We need more classes, they cut so many classes last year."

She added: "My parents can't afford it, we already struggle with loans."

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