Archive for Friday, February 23, 1990

PANEL RECOMMENDS INCREASE IN FEES TO FINANCE RENOVATION

February 23, 1990

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If recommendations of the Student Senate Finance Committee are followed, Kansas University students are facing an $8 increase in student fees for the fall 1990 semester.

The committee voted at its meeting Wednesday night to approve the increase. The full Student Senate votes on the measure next week.

The Union Memorial Corporation Board requested the money $6 per student for renovation and $2 for operating costs to help finance the second phase of the renovation, expected to cost about $4.5 million. The renovation primarily will affect the Union's fourth level.

JIM LONG, director of the unions, said Thursday that Student Senate is scheduled to discuss the fee increase at its meeting next Wednesday. The increase in student fees, as well as the renovation plans, also must be approved by the KU administration, the Board of Regents and the state Legislature.

"I expect that Student Senate will do its job next week and take a good look at both bills," Long said. "I imagine there will be good discussion about plans and improvements that can be made to the Union."

The Union board approved the $8 increase at its meeting Feb. 3. Student representatives at that meeting said they were hesitant about the $2 increase for operating costs, which would raise about $100,000.

But Long said Thursday that the $2 increase was crucial to the Union's development.

"THE MONEY is necessary," Long said. "We asked for what we needed."

If approved by all of the governing bodies necessary, the increase will raise student fees from $33 to $41 for the fall semester.

For their money, students can expect renovation to Level Four, the Union's main lobby and student meeting place. The second phase also includes renovation of Student Union Activities offices. Improvements also are planned for the outdoor patio space on Level Three, entrances to the Union and the building's mechanical systems.

The first phase of the project was completed in January 1989 when improvements were made to the food services area and the bookstore.

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