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MEDIA RELEASE: KU Memorial Union releases statement concerning the April 2017 Union Renovation Referendum

For Immediate Release

Thursday, 4/20/2017

LAWRENCE -- The KU Memorial Union would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to all KU students, faculty, and staff that supported the Kansas Union referendum efforts.

The process to renovate and revitalize the Kansas Union began nearly four years ago under the direction of KU Student Senate and the University of Kansas. The KU Memorial Union is committed to continuing this effort into the future to fulfill its mission of excellence in service to all of the KU community.

“In these challenging financial times for students, it’s hard to convey the complexity of a $45 million project, most of it driven by things people will never see,” said David Mucci, Director of the KU Memorial Union. “We are confident this was the optimal project with the greatest efficiency that entailed the least amount of disruption for the campus.”

The Union referendum student outreach team met with over 80 student groups across campus to talk about the proposed $45 million dollar project, the need for both critical renovations to infrastructure as well the programmatic requirements of a modern campus, and what a revitalized Union means to the university.

“I am disappointed with the outcome of the election results,” said Collin Cox, Executive Outreach Director for the RedoYourU campaign, “However our team is committed to continuing working on these efforts to insure a future renovation.” 

The Union team plans to review the outcomes of the election and what that fully means moving forward.

The KU Memorial Union is a not-for-profit affiliate of the University of Kansas and operates the KU Bookstores, KU Dining Services, KU Event Services, the DeBruce Center, and KU Union Programs. Proceeds resulting from Union services are reinvested into KU student initiatives. For more information about the KU Memorial Union or any of its services, please call JJ O’Toole-Curran at 785.864.2436.

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