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Provost talks possible IMU renovations


By Kathrine Schulze




The Indiana Memorial Union may get an upgrade in the coming years.
Discussion of renovation was sparked by the Strategic Plan’s initiative to improve student-facing facilities.

Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives M.A. Venkataramanan said IU met with a consultant firm to discuss starting.

“We are just in the very beginning stages of the ideas,” he said.

Some improvements were made to the Union in 2006, including the addition of more food services, Venkataramanan said.

Dani Reichman, a freshman, said she’d like to have more places to sit in the IMU.
“Most of the same stuff has been here since my parents have been here,” Reichman said. “It’d be nice to have something new.”

Junior Haley Clapp said she isn’t against renovations, as long as the IMU doesn’t close while construction takes place.

Venkataramanan said students won’t see the IMU close at any time during the reconstruction.

“The procedure is to make it as little disruption for them as possible,” he said. “And then we typically try to come up with compatible spaces if we need to use them.”

The administration, along with the consulting firm, will be comparing the IMU to other universities’ unions to determine what renovations might be made.

Two of the many aspects they’ll be comparing are student convenience and technology.

While the IMU is a large project, the administration is also looking at other student-facing buildings that might need improvement, Venkataramanan said.

“This one is a big one, because it’s really kind of a hub of student activity,” he said.

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