By: Alex Guarino
EUGENE, Ore.- The ERB Memorial Union (EMU), is located in the heart of the beautiful University of Oregon campus. The EMU is a popular building for students because they can hangout, eat, and can study as well. They decided to renovate and expand this building because of the growing student population here at the University of Oregon.
They have already started on phase 1 and 2 of the renovations and is expected to be completed by Summer 2016. The first phase started back in January 2014 and has been continuously worked on since then. The problem with these renovations to a lot of students is that it will raise the tuition to $67/term to help build this $95 million project. The raise in the tuition will start Fall of 2014 for students. Some students feel its necessary to expand this building; others are frustrated because “a lot of us wont even be at the school by the time its finally opened and we are the ones stuck paying for it,” said Jackie Montarbo, a senior at the University of Oregon. Alex Macneil, a junior at the University of Oregon says, “I actually don’t mind the renovations, but I do hope its easier to navigate around, since the EMU now is very confusing.”
During the construction, student clubs and organizations have been moved to McArthur court, which has left some students upset.
For further information about the renovations, visit http://newemu.uoregon.edu