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K-State Student Union

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The Union is a diverse facility housing theaters; an art gallery; the K-State Campus Store and Cat Tech; restaurants and cafes; a bowling center; Student Government Association offices; Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life; computer lab; copy center; conference and ballrooms; a bank; the K-State ID center; and the student-run radio station, Wildcat 91.9. This building is the social hub for student and faculty and operates with the income it produces plus student fees. A student governing board assists the director in forming policy decisions.

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With an estimated 12,000 visitors per day, the Union has long been an integral part of the campus social scene. The Union Program Council organizes hundreds of social and educational events each year, including recently released movies.

The original Union opened in 1956 after students voted almost two decades earlier to pay $5 per semester to cover construction costs. Students again voted in 1995 to pay $11.4 million for a five-year project including building renovation and expansion. The project also involved construction of the adjacent Bosco Student Plaza, named in honor of Pat Bosco, vice president for student life/dean of students. 

The student body voted on and approved a $25 million referendum to renovate the Union in 2013. 3,351 votes were cast with 74.9% in favor of renovating the Union. Construction began in fall of 2015 and is slated to be complete in spring of 2017.