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Students and faculty protest costs of new center

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -

A group of students and faculty at The University of North Carolina Greensboro is speaking out against the school's plans to build a new $91 million recreation center.

At a rally on campus Wednesday at the proposed site of the new center, the group protested the cost of the project and the how much students are paying in debt service fees to cover the expected costs of this building and six others that have already been built.

Students at UNCG pay more than $700 a year to help the university repay those construction costs.

At the protest, students and faculty said the planned project is too big and costly and shouldn't be done at a time when students are struggling to afford the basic costs of attending college.

According to the News & Record of Greensboro, the debt service fee paid by UNCG students is the highest in the 16-school UNC system and its tuition and fees are the fifth highest.

Juan Miranda, a UNCG graduate student who organized the protest said the high fees can be a burden to many students.

"They're raising fees to pay for that shiny building that most students wouldn't want to pay for," Miranda said.

Reade Taylor, the university's vice chancellor for business affairs, told the newspaper that the school's costs are in line with other comparable UNC schools.

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