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Despite Student Vote, MSU Decides To Drop 3 Sports

Minnesota NewsMANKATO  (AP) – Three intercollegiate sports appear headed for elimination at Minnesota State, Mankato.

MSU President Richard Davenport has decided not to approve a suggested student fee increase that would support four athletic programs slated for elimination.

However, Davenport says the university will continue to support one of the four programs – women’s tennis. That’s to honor MSU’s commitment to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Women’s tennis is a championship NSIC sport. The other three – men’s tennis, women’s bowling and men’s swimming – are not.

Last week, 23 percent of the student body voted on the non-binding referendum to save four intercollegiate sports from elimination. A majority of those voting favored a fee increase.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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