Who schedules a grand opening for late Friday afternoon?

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Several years ago San Diego State University decided that they wanted to build a new student center. Unfortunately, that was in the midst of the Great Recession, so there was no money to destroy the current student center and build a new one, especially since the new one was estimated to cost $104 million.

Some bright administrator decided to ask the students if they would be willing to pay an extra fee (“fee” is often identified as a “tax”) to build a new student center. The fee was not cheap–$94 per semester beginning with the Fall 2013 semester. There did not appear to be any proration, so if you were a part-time student taking three credit hours, you paid the same $94 fee as the full-time student going to classes basketball games (SDSU men’s basketball currently is ranked #5 in the nation!), football games, and baseball games.

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San Diego State’s only loss was to #2 Arizona in the second game of the season. That means they are on an 18-game winning streak!

Back to the new Aztec Student Union….

It has been built and it opened a couple of weeks ago. However, their definition of “opened” and my definition of “opened” are far different. Can you walk through the grounds and the buildng? For the most part, yes. Can you go bowling or play pool in Aztec Lanes? Yes. But that’s about it. Nothing else is opened, including all the eating establishments that will be scattered throughout the building.

Speaking of the building, here it is in all its glory (click on the picture for an even bigger picture!):

The new Aztec Center on the campus of San Diego State University

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The building is so big–200,000 square feet and three stories–that I had to take eight pictures of it and then have Photoshop merge them into a single picture.

The grand opening originally was scheduled for my birthday, March 11. I guess they found out that I was planning to use their celebration as my own, so they rescheduled it for Friday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. Who schedules a grand opening for late Friday afternoon?

Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University

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7 thoughts on “Who schedules a grand opening for late Friday afternoon?

  1. Bumba

    I didn’t know that SDSU had a good basketball team! I’m glad they’re putting in a bowling alley. That’s good. As for the delays in construction, that’s not big news. But I imagine that if you’re late with your fee (Did the students actually agree to this fee? there’s a fee for being late. (I remember when public education was nearly free. Taxes paid for it, and students didn’t have to take out personal loans to go to school if they had good grades).
    Anyhow, Happy Birthday.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      SDSU has had a pretty good basketball team ever since Steve Fisher arrived in 1999. Michigan won the 1989 NCAA national championship while Fisher was head coach there.

      The students voted on the fee, and the vote was overwhelmingly for the fee! Imagine that. They’ll probably grow up to be politicians who like to tax and spend…………lol

      I also remember when K-12 students went to school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. The schools where I teach chess as an after-school enrichment program all go to school from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the poorer districts and sometimes as late as 3:00 in the richer districts. In all cases, though, after-school enrichment programs cost extra money–chess, cheerleading, sports, music, etc.

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      1. Bumba

        I didn’t realize you had such low funding for education in your county. In L.A. county I don’t think they’ve cut back so far and so cruelly on elementary education.

        And, I suppose, the SDSU students who voted for the fee imposition were the fruits of this sterling county school system. I just think that it should all come from either income tax or some spending tax – a value added tax – tax and that we, and especially the wealthy, should pay more true income tax. The idea that the government should serve us, that government IS us, should serve us……..
        well, enough politics. Enjoyed you report.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          Each school district has its own funding. The San Diego Unified School District isn’t poor per sé, but it has a few billion schools that it has to fund. The smaller suburban school districts don’t have as much money in total, but they have more money per school.

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  2. Boomdeeadda

    Seems like an extravagant development but it does seem like Americans love College sports. We don’t watch any sports in our household at all so I don’t know if this kind of thing is justified or not but certainly the fee should be more reflective of each students curriculum. As far as frogs go, your aqua cartoon frog is cool too.

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