1. UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

    UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

    Students this week voted to pay half the $50 million renovation cost by increasing student activity fees $100 annually. The UMass-Amherst campus has agreed to fund the other half. The Student Union referendum passed 1,246-1,012, with about 10 percent of the study body voting, about average for a student vote, said Student Government President Anthony Vitale.

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    1. This is something we've been trying for a very long time, for at least two years.
    2. It's really monumental. The students are not self-interested. They really cared about the future.
    3. If the trustees agree to move forward with the project after reviewing this more formal building study, we would work with the designer on a final design and start construction bidding in early 2019.
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