University of Wisconsin’s Union Council proposed structural changes for the Wisconsin Union Directorate and increased enumeration for the Memorial Union Reinvestment project. Union Council passed both proposals Thursday.
Treasurer Hank Walters reviewed the budget outline, which is composed of the expenditure split between the multiple committees of the WUD. Walters said each committee’s numbers are placed into the total budget. Walters said he would be conducting annual interviewing to ensure maxim income for the union.
“We will spend a few days in early January talking to managers, figuring out how we can get the most revenue for the union,” Walters said.
Union Council also discussed structural changes for the organization of WUD.
Vice president of program administration, Gary Filipp, proposed a new “special events committee” and an estimated value for expenditure for WUD. Filipp said this was based on estimates of what previous event costs in the past.
“We have come up with a figure that we think is reasonable for us to have $726,000. That number is a placeholder for this future discussion about the budget,” Filipp said.
Vice president of public relations Andrew Bulovsky said he would focus on quality over quantity with regard to performances and events put on by WUD. He said although the Wisconsin Union boasts many performances, they should focus more on planning events with higher attendance.
“I want to make sure that WUD is putting on really good events,” Bulovsky said. “I’d rather see 500 well-planned and quality events rather than 1,000 smaller ones.”
The council passed the new proposals for structure of WUD.
At the last Union Council meeting, Secretary Mark Guthier, requested an increase in enumeration for the Memorial Union Reinvestment.
Funding for MUR has primarily been from student fees, private gifts and fundraising and the enumeration for Phase Two was determined by what was left over from student fees from the 2012-2013 school year.
At the last meeting Guthier said the original enumeration for MUR was in the high 80s, but once the design process began they did not think it could be completed for anything less than $94 million.
At the last meeting, Guthier said the increased enumeration would not raise student fees and a large portion would come from fundraising.
Union Council passed the request to increase the enumeration for MUR.