The Agricultural College campus lacked a place for students to gather. With the increased enrollment and the return of World War II veterans, the need for a student-gathering place became apparent. The drive for a student union was led by the veterans who wanted a place to "hang out, play cards, relax and eat all under one roof" (Spectrum, "Reflections of the Past" insert, September 17, 1996, p. B-4). After a trip to South Dakota State University (then South Dakota State College) in 1947, the College and students decided to begin planning a Student Union. On June 4, 1947 the student body voted to place a special assessment of $5.00 per term on the student activity fees as a means of paying for the construction of the Student Union. The students were assisted by the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association who offered their services in managing the money, floating bonds and other issues relating to construction (The NDAC Alumni Review, April/May/June, 1947, p. 2). A corporation of four alumni, four students and four staff members was formed to oversee the fundraising and planning of the proposed student union. The corporation added "Memorial Union" to its name in order to honor NDAC alumni who lost their lives in World War II (NDAC Alumni Review, May 1952, p. 3).

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Fargo, ND 58102


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