The Memorial Union is one of the main buildings on UC Davis Campus, and arguably the most publicly traveled building. Often dubbed "the MU", it contains a variety of interesting places and things. Students pay a yearly "Memorial Union Fee" of $85.50. Open 24 Hours during the week of finals as to provide students space to study.
According to the UCD V-tour, it was "dedicated in 1955 to honor 128 UC Davis students and alumni who lost their lives in military service." Griffin Lounge houses the Golden Memory Book, which lists all of the names of former UC Davis students who died in the armed services.
When originally built the MU was only a single story building, housing a dining commons, kitchen, faculty club, student lounge, Alumni Association offices, a soda fountain and a student store. But fund raising campaigns from 1961 to 1968 added the second, third and fourth stories along with the MU Games Area and the UC Davis Bookstore. It was last renovated in 1996 to bring the seismic safety rating from "poor" to "good", at a cost of $8.4 million. The 4 story concrete lattice that is visible from the south side of the MU was added at that time to reinforce the building.
Memorial Union Renewal Project
The MU will be undergoing a massive renovation, beginning in Spring 2015. Most offices and departments will close or relocate during portions of the renovations. Lounge and study spaces will be expanded, ADA compliances and seismic codes will be met, retail spaces updated, the UC Davis Veterans Affairs Office will move in, and entry ways will be made "more dynamic."
Areas in the MU
The MU hosts to several commercial operations, some owned and operated by UC Davis itself, other private businesses that lease space from UC Davis via the MU Auxillary Services department (homepage: http://www-muas.ucdavis.edu/). Other space in the union is devoted to University administrative offices related to students, student government, and various meeting rooms.
- UC Davis Bookstore. We wouldn't be a campus without a place to gouge the hell out of us on textbook prices, right?
- ASUCD Coffee House. The CoHo is the place to get some yums (cookies, cakes, etc). (I guess it used to be in East Hall!) CoHo website.
- Aggie Card Office. This is the place to get an Aggie Card. The Registrar does not issue cards.
- Aggie Student Store. Affectionately known as the ASS. Sells candy and, more importantly, $1 Icees.
- Classical Notes/Campus Copies
- MU Information Center. A place for general information, maps, pamphlets and the Lost and Found
- Post Office. A small post office which recently moved from an even smaller location in the MU.
- STA Travel. A corporate travel agency that caters to students. Company home page: http://www.statravel.com/
- ASUCD Student Center
- The Corral - A store selling stamps, scantrons, blue books an other knick-knacks.
- Griffin Lounge - A nice place to relax amidst the hustle and bustle.
- Memorial Union Early Polling Station A polling station open a week before most elections.
- ASUCD Bike Hub. This small store sells various bike accessories.
- Aggie ReStore. Here you can find a variety of things that have been donated or found throughout campus.
- DeCarli Room
- Garrison Room
- Memorial Union Art Gallery
- Fielder Room
- Smith room
- MU II
- King Lounge
- Campus Unions Operations
- Student Affairs Event Services
- Offices of the ASUCD President (ASUCD President, ASUCD Vice President, ASUCD Controller and Executive Office Staff)
- ASUCD Senate Office
- Angelina Malfitano Conference Room
- ASUCD Student Government Advisor's Office
- ASUCD Student Government Administration Office
- ASUCD Student Services Office (Payroll, Accounts Payable & Receivable, ASUCD Business Manager)
- Mee Room
- Moss Room
- CalPIRG Office
- ASUCD Advocacy Units Office (City/County Affairs, Lobby Corps, University Affairs)
Note: the MU Basement connects with Lower Freeborn Hall
Outdoor Meeting places
These are the default meeting places for many students, as they are more or less centrally located on campus and are well known to students by their first week at UCD.
Other points of interest
- The Cleanest Bathrooms in the building are on the second floor and up. Avoid the first floor bathrooms if you can.
- There is a bike pump located on the west side of the Catering trailer near the bike racks.
- The Stanford Tree has been sighted here.
- The elevators and stairs can connect you to Lower Freeborn, and vice versa.
- The wind chimes on the north side are nice to listen to, particularly during the spring.