Not all students will get to vote on new ENMU stadium

Posted at: 09/24/2013 8:45 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales could be getting a new football stadium.  It will be up to the students to decide.  But KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out, even though all students will have to pay for it, only certain students get to vote.

It’s an eight million dollar plan, to replace the 45-year-old stadium down the street, with a new one on campus.

“We need a bigger stadium.  And who knows, once the stadium gets bigger, maybe the school will grow with it," said ENMU student Derek Clemmer.

Half the cost would be paid for by the students through a tuition hike, but the students get to vote on it first.

"I think it's a good idea, you know, get the kids to vote for it because I think we deserve it, we deserve the football field," said ENMU student Adam Lucelo.

"I like that they're allowing us to vote for it.  It’s going to be our choice," said Clemmer.

It all boils down to $40 per student, per semester for the next 30 years.

“It’s pretty minimal.  They use the saying the price of a burger will help pay for a new stadium, so that’s not bad,” said ENMU student Shane Preece.

Here’s the catch, all enrolled students will be paying for the stadium, but only the full time students get to vote.

“Well I find it rather ridiculous that I can’t vote, but then I’m expected to pay for the results of the vote," said ENMU part time student Mark Middaugh.

ENMU currently has more than 5,800 students enrolled, more than 2,800 of them are part time.

“If you’re taking one course, that’s worth one semester credit hour, should you have the same vote as an individual that is taking a full load," said ENMU President Steven Gamble.

Gamble is standing firm.  If students want a vote, they need to be taking 12 credits.  If the stadium is approved, part time students would pay a little more than $3 per credit hour per semester.  They wouldn’t have to pay the full $40.  The election is October 2-4.