At bare minimum, the Student Union owes Student Television an apology for splitting its space in the multipurpose room. But that’s not all STV deserves. After sinking $30,000 into transforming the room into a functional studio, STV must now begin anew with a renovation that could prove more costly than the first. The Union must reimburse STV for a move that deprived the group not only of studio space but of a voice in the decision, as well.
That shouldn’t be an issue, so long as the marketing and design department is generating as much revenue as the Union says it is.
In defending the Carolina Union Board of Directors’ unanimous vote this week, Union Director Don Luse said the marketing and design department required a larger office space because of ballooning demand for promotional materials like banners and fliers. This demand from student organizations, the Division of Student Affairs and the Union itself grew from 53 projects in 2008-09 to 243 in 2009-10, or by 358 percent.
The move to the multipurpose room wasn’t the marketing and design department’s first choice, either. Phase two of the UCommons renovation would have provided the department a new office elsewhere in the Union — but the referendum to provide funding was not approved.
The phase two failure was tied in no small part to the UCommons campaign strategy spearheaded by none other than the marketing and design department, whose petitioning practices and placement of campaign materials violated campus election rules last year.