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.
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 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?
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