Memorial Union budget seeks to increase prices to avoid larger future costs

Terrace summer plans include expanded stage, bigger acts

· Feb 20, 2017 Tweet

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University of Wisconsin Memorial Union directors proposed their 2017-18 budget to the Student Services Finance Committee Monday.

The Memorial Union leadership team director Mark Guthier proposed a 1 percent increase in student segregated fees to address the deficit that has built up during delayed construction at Memorial Union. 

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The original deficit was $2.5 million, but additional revenue from special events decreased it by $1.7 million.

By hosting more activities like two evenings of free films and live music four nights a week, Guthier said they hope to reduce the remaining deficit.

Guthier said they anticipate completely finishing construction on the terrace by fall 2017. He said they are planning big events for the popular community gathering space this summer, including an expanded stage, and he hopes to schedule larger named artists during the summer months.

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Jane Oberdorf, assistant director at the Memorial Union, said students could face modest price increases in food at the Union. SSFC Rep. Brooke Evans questioned these rising prices, but Oberdorf said asking for a modest increase now could prevent more dramatic ones in the future.

Despite a few cutbacks in Union personnel and temporary closures of some campus cafés, Guthier said Memorial Union’s outlook is still positive.


This article was published Feb 20, 2017 at 10:10 pm and last updated Feb 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm


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