By Stephen Tsai
The Board of Regents today approved a measure that would impose a $50-per-semester athletics fee on all UH-Manoa students.
In exchange, students will be able to use school IDs to gain free admission to all UH home sporting events.
The fee will be implemented Jan.1, although students are expected to be able to earn free admission starting in mid-September.
The athletic department is expect to earn $2 million annually from the fee — none of which will go to salaries.
The Regents heard testimony from 18 speakers this morning — 11 were opposed, six were in favor, one said to really think about it — listened to a presentation from chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and athletic director Jim Donovan, and then held a Q & A session.
After that, they had a break for lunch, then went into execute session before approving the proposal.
Two things were evident from today's session: 1) the athletic department needs the money to maintain its programs, and 2) there are a lot of pressing needs on the Upper Campus.