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City of Madison approves Phase Two

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Jan 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

City of Madison approves Phase Two

The City of Madison Plan Commission granted approval Monday night for the second phase of the Memorial Union Reinvestment as well as the creation of Alumni Park. With unanimous consent, the body approved “a major alteration to an approved conditional use to allow the second phase of renovation of the Memorial Union and conversion of an existing parking lot into ‘Alumni Park.’” The plan was approved as a “consent item,” meaning that city staff believed the application had sufficient review to warrant approval with all the conditions...

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How Memorial Union promoters used airplanes to raise money

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Dec 17, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

How Memorial Union promoters used airplanes to raise money

On the morning of October 29, 1921, an airplane screamed over the University of Wisconsin campus. Badger fans below were gathering across the city and headed to Camp Randall Stadium, then nearly brand new at just four years old. That year Camp Randall had expanded to seat 30,000 and the stadium was sure to see a big crowd today — it was Homecoming and the Badgers were taking on their rivals, the University of Minnesota. At that time, airplanes had become relative commonplace in the skies. It had been nearly two decades since the Wright...

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Why the athletes stayed away from Memorial Union

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Dec 9, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Why the athletes stayed away from Memorial Union

Just because you build it, doesn’t mean they’ll come. When Memorial Union open in 1928, a space was carved out on the fourth floor, overlooking the Red Gym. The space was a guest room for visiting athletes. And while no one today can explain who decided it was an appropriate use of the space, it became certain very quickly that nobody wanted it. The Union’s first Director, Porter Butts, explains the ill-fated rooms in a 1979 interview: There was a so-called “Team Room” on this same floor, a fairly large open square room with...

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One of a kind map for Chart Room

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of a kind map for Chart Room

A new building is nothing without character. Particularly when that building happens to be the Memorial Union, a campus icon overflowing with character and charm. UW graduate student Caroline Rose is doing her part to make sure the Memorial Union renovations include plenty of character. Also a Hoofers member, Caroline has taken on a project creating a relief map of Lake Mendota for the brand new Chart Room in the Outdoor UW space. After designing the piece digitally and making a test map from cardboard, Caroline began cutting a unique...

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JFK’s evening at Memorial Union

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Nov 22, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

JFK’s evening at Memorial Union

Two years before his election as President of the United States and five years before his assassination, John F. Kennedy spent a brief evening at the Memorial Union on May 16, 1958. Then the junior US Senator from Massachusetts, Kennedy spoke for 17 minutes before entertaining a 40-minute question and answer session with a packed Union Theater crowd mostly comprised of students. Kennedy spoke on issues ranging from then-Democratic Party leader (and Kennedy’s future Vice President) Lyndon Johnson, to France’s role in Algeria and even...

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Route 80 bus returns to Memorial Union

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Route 80 bus returns to Memorial Union

The Route 80 has returned to Memorial Union. The popular campus circulating bus has been absent from Langdon Street since last year due to a neighboring utility project on Park and Langdon Streets. With both Langdon Street and Park Street again open to two-way traffic, the Route 80 began serving its old route down Langdon, past the Memorial Union, Monday morning. The bus now picks up in front of Memorial Union, on Langdon Street. The Routes 81 and 82 will also be returning to their old routes, down Langdon Street, when the next academic...

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New York Times: “One of the finest legitimate theaters in America”

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Nov 13, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

New York Times: “One of the finest legitimate theaters in America”

Published the morning of the Wisconsin Union Theater’s grand opening, The New York Times penned a feature on the new venue that hardly could have heaped more praise onto the space. “Here in the open spaces, where the cabs take one across town for a dime and where the railroads charge only a nickel for coffee,” the story read, “has been built one of the finest legitimate theaters in America.” Appearing in the Arts section of the Sunday New York Times on October 8, 1939, the article sat nestled below a story on Central Park night clubs...

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Fresh Express promises new dining concept for campus

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Nov 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Fresh Express promises new dining concept for campus

In the expansive highway system that is the dining industry, there has always been one prominent fork in the road: The intersection of fast and high quality. But the dining services team at the Wisconsin Union has dreamt up an innovative concept poised to give hungry patrons a third option: Both. Among the most significant upgrades Union members can expect to see in the second phase of the Memorial Union Reinvestment is a reimagining of dining services. And among the new ideas proposed is a concept currently known as Fresh Express. “The...

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Students invited for first look of new preforming arts spaces

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Nov 1, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Students invited for first look of new preforming arts spaces

The University of Wisconsin campus is poised to gain an incredible set of performing arts venues next summer when the first phase of the Memorial Union Reinvestment is completed. And now is the time for organizations across UW to get a first look at those spaces. To be among the first to learn about these new spaces, students and campus organizations are invited to attend an open forum on Thursday, November 21 at 5:00 pm. The event will take place at Memorial Union, TITU. At the event, attendees will hear about the capabilities and features of...

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Temporary Rathskeller bar now open

Posted by Memorial Union Reinvestment on Oct 23, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Temporary Rathskeller bar now open

Just over a week ago, the Stiftskeller temporarily closed for renovations. But service in the Rathsekller hasn’t skipped a beat, thanks to a beautiful new temporary bar. The bar, standing against the west wall of the Rathskeller, was built and installed by Union staff and will serve bottled beverages and popcorn to Union patrons until the Stiftskeller reopens in early February. Don’t be fooled by the word ‘temporary’ though, the craftsmanship put into this serving counter looks right at home in the timeless Rathskeller. So as the...

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