11/17/2011: Greg Bolt of the RG has a comprehensive story on the administration’s plans for EMU expansion. VP Robin Holmes has proposed a Cadillac prestige project packed with expensive goodies – a swimming pool? Hot tubs? ASUO Pres Ben Eckstein – representing the students who will pay the bill – wants something cheaper and with more space for student groups and activities. Eckstein has forced the administration to bring it to the students for a vote. Now Holmes is trying to play hardball, casting the administration proposal as a final, take it or leave it offer:
Holmes also said the administration will respect the student vote. If the referendum is rejected, the projects will not be built and the facilities will remain as they are.
Bullshit. If the students reject this, the administration will go back to the drawing board, this time with input from the students. Which they should have done in the first place.