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Meeting sets dates for student forums to discuss Union

Meeting sets dates for student forums to discuss Union

November 23
01:48 2011

Nicole Balderas / Senior Staff Writer

UNT held a meeting Tuesday with architect firm Perkins+Will, which was recently chosen to renovate the University Union, to discuss ideas on how to get students involved in Union plans as well as tentative dates for student forums.

The Division of Student Affairs will conduct a photo survey to get a feel of which areas on campus students value, and some input may be used toward Union renovations.

“They’re going to ask students questions, ‘what is the most comfortable place on campus?’ the place with the most school spirit,” said Zane Reif, director of the Union. “I think it will give us an idea of what the students’ value is.”

Perkins+Will is expected to be back on campus Dec. 6 and 7 to meet with students for an open discussion. The firm will also visit Eagle Insomnia at 9 p.m. Dec. 8 to speak with students as they come and go, Reif said.

“They are top notch,” said Blake Windham, Student Government Association president. “They are the pinnacle of what I would consider good architect, and they have experience in engaging students.”

With enough student input, meetings to discuss more concrete plans are tentatively set for Feb. 15 and 22, said Reif, adding that the designs will be presented to the SGA and the Student Graduate Council.

Students are already voicing their ideas of what they would like to see in the Union.

“I think they’d really benefit by trying to get someone to put a legitimate music store into the Union,” said Greg Sgammato, a percussion performance sophomore. “Maybe get Pender’s Music to transport some of their stuff to the Union because most of their customers are students anyway.”

Although UNT named Perkins+Will as the architect, it has yet to release any information on who will design the building.

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