Student majority votes to pass UC Referendum

A plan to renovate the campus’ University Center, a 42-year-old facility, gained the support of an overwhelming majority of student voters this week.

Of the 4,161 students who visited the polls on Tuesday and Wednesday, 77 percent, or 3,204 students, voted in favor of the UC Transformation Project. Twenty-three percent, or 957 students, voted against the nearly $100 million renovation plan.

The renovation project, slated for completion in 2014, will create additional study spaces, incorporate news services and improve existing services such as dining and campus activities at the University Center.

If approved by UH System Board of Regents, the Texas Legislature and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the renovation plan will call for a semester fee of $160 for all students, which will be implemented over a 5-year period.

University Center officials will present the UC 2010 Initiative to the UH System Board of Regents for approval on Feb. 10.

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