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September 12, 2003

Union celebrates 75 years on campus

a couple dancing at the union
Earlier times at the Union.
people playing cards at the union  
students carving into a union table
The Memorial Union turns 75 this year and the anniversary will be observed with a birthday celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and activities spanning three weekends. Events will highlight the types of activities that have taken place in the Union over the years: a dance, picnic, tournaments, exhibit and terrace party.

Just like the "old days," Saturday (Sept. 20) will be the "big dance." Whether you like big band, Latino, rap or hip hop music, you'll find it there. One admission price ($7.50, or $6 with a canned good donation) will get you into all of the dances.

And, if you're a bit rusty, you can arrive an hour early and learn the merengue from Roy Salcedo or ballroom dance styles with Alma and Tyson Hoffman.

Memorial Union 75th anniversary celebration
Friday, September 19

  • 4-5:30 p.m., BBQ picnic, free, terraces and north lawn.
Saturday, September 20
  • 8-9 p.m., Dance lessons, Sun Room and Great Hall.
  • 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Dance, $7.50 ($6 with canned good) for all three dances.
    Big band, Great Hall and Oak Room (until midnight).
    Latino music, South Ballroom.
    Rap and hip hop, Sun Room.
Tuesday, September 23
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Open houses, all areas.
  • 10 a.m., Building tour, depart from main desk.
  • 11 a.m., Cake, outside at entrances.
  • 2 p.m., Building tour, depart from main desk.
  • 4 p.m., Dedication, Gold Star Hall/Campanile Room.
  • All day, Exhibit: "Iowa State Memorial Union -- A Lively History," main lobby (through December).
Sunday, September 28
  • 4-7 p.m., Wacky tournaments and chili supper, first and ground floors, free.
Friday, October 3
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m., DJ music with lunch, The Dog Wagon, terraces.
  • 3-6 p.m., Music, Ultimate Fakebook, opening act: The Plus Nomination, terraces.

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