Last week on April 16th, the MU East Wing committee convened to discuss a number of affairs, ranging from budget constraints to architectural design requests. With deadlines approaching and decisions pending, current committee concerns deal mostly in communication with both outside and inside sources.
High on the docket this week is the layout of the soon to be second ballroom to be located in the area now inhabited by the bookstore. This will provide additional event space for the growing student population, while being built in such a manner so as to be flexible in use. Also discussed was the availability of meeting room space in the MU is dwindling and won’t be increasing with the current influx in enrollment. Spaces need to possess more than just high quality, but a degree of adjustability to fit future needs. Something as simple as wheeled furniture and systematically placed doors opens up the room to the possibility of use as an ideal meeting place, classroom, lounge, and much more.
The next step is the creation of an allocation form for groups and businesses locating and relocating into the Memorial Union. The questionnaire will feature a number of queries dealing with desires, planned hours of operation, services provided and facility support such as electricity, plumbing, network, etc. This will allow for proper analysis of special needs from groups such as ISOSU, Student Veterans Support, Banking, and Printing/Mailing services and more.