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Board enters first stages
of Union expansion plans
By Ann stack
Staff Reporter __
Several exciting things could hap
pen in the Nebraska Union in years to
come. Union officials said.
Daryl Swanson, Union director,
said the Union Board was in the first
stages of planning for expansion.
This includes developing a state
ment outlining the steps the expan
sion process would follow to present
to the Board of Regents in the fall,
‘it’ssomcthing we’ve been talking
about for several years,” Swanson said.
“The Union Board has been including
questions in surveys about what stu
dents would like to see.”
A major goal would be expansion
ofthe Union Bookstore, Swanson said,
which was first expanded in 1985.
The additions to the bookstore re
placed many of the recreation services
located in the basement, including a
10-lane bowling alley, a large billiard
room and a commuter lounge.
However, Swanson said, the book
store still does not have the service
space it needs.
“Another goal we have is to im
prove handicap accessibility, to devel
op a new entry system and put in an
elevator on the ground level,” Swanson
Other new services that would be
offered to students would possibly be
an on-campus music store, a pick-up
and drop-off dry cleaners and a frozen
Other features would include a
small convenience store that would
offer more hours and more items than
the bookstore, an expanded computer
lab, and additional meeting rooms,
Improvements to the basement
would include more recreational space
with a larger billiards and game room
and additional space for the Daily
Another feature in the basement
will be a 300-seat auditorium for films
and small lectures, Swanson said.
Construction is still far off in the
future, Swanson said, and all plans are
subject to change.
If all plans and funding are ap
proved, construction could start in the
fall of 1996, he said.
The construction would cither ex
pand the Union north or west, Swanson
If the expansion moved north, there
would be additional seating in the
food court. However, the plaza and
Broyhill Fountain would both have to
be relocated and reconstructed.
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for a busing contract were included in
the parking plan, and in part deter
mined an increase in parking permit
rates for next year. Some of those rates
Parking Services is self support
ing, Cacak said, and the money for the
contract has to come from either per
mit sales or fines.
Tad McDowell, parking services
manager, said that last year, such a
contract probably wouldn’t have been
Cacak said he didn’t expect to sec
any dramatic changes come August
22, 1994, opening day for the pro
posed busing plan.
“It’s probably going to take a year
to see if it (free busing) really has
helped.” Cacak said. “It takes awhile
for people to change their habit (of
McDowell estimated that on aver
age, 7,700 commuter students pay to
park in university lots. Around 4,400
faculty/staffbuy permits, he said.
Cacak said the lost fares that would
have been paid by those expected to
take advantage of the service were
included in the $228,000.
StarTran Manager Larry Worth
said that during the 1993-94 school
year, students took the bus 50,000
times. Faculty did the same for21,000
Worth said those numbers only
represented how many times each
group boarded the bus. There is no
way to estimate the number of stu
dents. faculty or staff who ride the bus,
When asked about the possible con
flict a student paying $300 for 12
month reserved parking may have
with helping fund a free busing ser
vice, Cacak had no comment.
In a later interview, Cacak said the
service would benefit everyone, in
cluding those who find themselves
helping to pay for it.
Those with “hunting permits” may
find it easier to find a place to park
with less people having the need to
drive to campus everyday, he said.
There is no more land to build
parking lots on, Cacak said, so busing
was seen as one of the only alterna
tives for relieving UNL’s parking
Worth said StarTran was develop
ing a special card for UNL students
and personnel to use, and should have
it printed this month.
Cacak said the card would be sent
out with parking permits and distrib
uted to non-permit buvers in the unions.
The NU Board of Regents and the
StarTran Advisory Board have al
ready approved the contract. The city
council is expected to give its nod
before the end of June.
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