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Aug 9, 2016 8:14 PM

These are 7 things UNH could have used $6.5 million for instead of buying a new pool

DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire will hold the grand opening of its $6.5 million outdoor pool on Aug. 19.

READ: UNH Campus Rec to unveil internally funded $6.5 million outdoor pool Aug. 19

The new pool will be open between June 15 and Sept. 15 each year, according to the UNH Campus Recreation website.

Here’s a list of seven things UNH could have purchased with $6.5 million instead:

1. Nearly 370 light-up tables, like the one installed in Holloway Commons that was deemed a 'safety-risk.' Paying $17,570 for a table was later called a "mistake."

READ: UNH admits that buying $17,570 light-up table was a bad idea

2. 100 new logos. The Union Leader reported that UNH paid $65,000 to a firm in New York City to design the new shield logo in 2013.

3. Tuition and Fees for 368 in-state students. UNH is one of the most expensive public universities to attend in the country. Tuition alone costs $17,624 per year for Granite Staters.

4. Tuition and Fees for 206 out-of-state students. Tuition costs $31,424 per year for non-residents.

5. 3,156 semester-long meal plans. UNH Dining offers unlimited access to its three dining locations for $2,059 per semester.

6. UNH President Mark Huddleston's 2015 compensation nearly 13 times. The New Hampshire - UNH's student-run newspaper - reported that Mark Huddleston brought home $502,800 for the 2015 fiscal year.

7. 0.25 of a new stadium. UNH is spending $26 million on a new stadium that will be ready for the fall 2016 athletic season.

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