SAN MARCOS — Students at Cal State San Marcos have voted to pass the proposed athletic fee referendum.
The fee referendum will allow the college to add men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and cheer and dance teams, as well as provide more scholarships to student athletes from all sports. To fund this expansion, students voted to increase the current $40 per semester athletic fee over the next three years. The fee will be $60 per semester in the 2010-2011 academic year, $80 in 2011-2012, and $100 in 2012-2013 and beyond.
Voting on the referendum was open to students Feb. 15 through Feb. 28. Of the 1,266 students who voted, nearly 70 percent of them voted in favor of the increase.
“To have 70 percent of the students vote in favor of increasing the athletic fee, especially in these economic times, is a clear indication of how important the athletic program is to the campus,” Athletics Director Tom Seitz said.
Adding the new sports will allow Cal State San Marcos to apply for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a member of Division II. Once accepted, the program will also look to join the California Collegiate Athletic Association, a conference made up of eleven California State Universities and UCSD.