EMU: The Central Hub of Campus Undergoes Much Needed Facelift

Once home to NCAA Basketball and Volleyball, McArthur Court is now home to clubs, organizations, and offices during the EMU renovations.

Once home to NCAA Basketball and Volleyball, McArthur Court is now home to clubs, organizations, and offices during the EMU renovations.

BY Katie Rosenblad

EUGENE, Ore. — The Erb Memorial Union (EMU) has stood at the center of the University of Oregon since its construction during the 1950’s and was expanded in the 1970’s. Today it undergoes even more construction that is set to be completed in Fall 2016 – a date which many students currently attending the University will have already graduated by.

The main concern of the build for students is the $95 million cost. Many students are happy the EMU is finally seeing a change because it is a beneficial building on campus and “necessary for navigation,” says Kelsey Abel. However, as necessary as the changes are there are those who feel its burden. Architecture student Neda Fattahi points out part of the construction costs are being fulfilled through additional fees on students. Fattahi, as well as many others, dislikes paying for a new building she won’t even get the chance to use but believes in the overall goal of the renovations. The current layout of the building is difficult to navigate through and students, faculty, and visitors often find themselves lost in it which is why student Kelsey Bradshaw says, “I think it’s great that the university is renovating and innovating a building that is so essential to student and community life.”

Click here for more information on the University of Oregon’s EMU Renovations…

Found on the gates surrounding construction are images of what the “New EMU” will look like.

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Many clubs and organizations are forced to relocate to McArthur Court which is the temporary new “EMU South.”

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