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UF students vote to pick furniture for future Reitz Union

<p class="p1">Graphic design freshman Matthew Flannigan, 19, casts his vote for chairs to go in the renovated Reitz Union. His favorite is No. 11 because it’s “comfortable and convenient” with built-in desk and outlets.</p>

Graphic design freshman Matthew Flannigan, 19, casts his vote for chairs to go in the renovated Reitz Union. His favorite is No. 11 because it’s “comfortable and convenient” with built-in desk and outlets.

As part of the Make it Reitz campaign, students are invited to voice their opinions this week on which chair they might be sitting in after construction is completed.

Students have 17 different chairs to choose from, organized in the recreation area in front of the Career Resource Center.

Hannah Farrell, the Reitz Union Marketing Coordinator, was in charge of setting up the display and finding out the student opinions.

The procedure for voting at the site was created by Farrell and inspired by traffic lights.

“The green represents your top choice, the yellow your second favorite and the red your least favorite choice,” she said

The promotion lasts until Friday evening. Students can complete the survey in the mornings and evening sessions or online at makeitreitz.com/vote. Voting online lasts until Jan. 24, and people can vote multiple times.

About 250 people voted Monday on-site, and about 80 people completed the survey online, she said.

However, not all of the chairs made it to the end of the week. No. 3, which received many negative votes on Monday, was removed after a person fell off of it, Farrell said.

Mike Koester, a UF mechanical and aerospace engineering senior, said he uses the space about two to three times a week to study.

“It is good that the student’s choices are being taken into account,” he said.

Hannah Wilson, a UF telecommunication freshman, said she will miss the footrests in the older chairs. She uses the area very often to work and socialize.

“This is definitely a good step for the Reitz to take,” she said.

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A version of this story ran on page 4 on 1/15/2014 under the headline "UF students vote to pick furniture for future Reitz Union"

Graphic design freshman Matthew Flannigan, 19, casts his vote for chairs to go in the renovated Reitz Union. His favorite is No. 11 because it’s “comfortable and convenient” with built-in desk and outlets.

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