From 1937 to 1939, Traveler editors advocated construction of a student union, which was paid for by a student fee and opened in March 1940.
A Place for Students
Among the successful editorial campaigns pursued by The Arkansas Traveler was one to get a student union built on the UA campus. In the latter 1930s, an editorial in the student newspaper at Arkansas State College about its new student union apparently triggered the effort at the University of Arkansas.
Traveler editor John Hutchison editorialized in favor of such a project. The next year, his successor, Thornton Moore, took up the challenge of selling the students and the state on the need for a UA student union. The Traveler ran stories and photos about a new student union at the University of Texas and explained how students at Arkansas could contribute to the effort.
The Traveler proposed that a semesterly fee of $2.50 could be used to finance a bond issue and cover the cost of maintenance and operation of a student union. The student body approved a plan for building the union at the corner of Maple Street and Campus Drive. When it opened in 1940, The Traveler moved its offices out of the basement of Old Main and into the new union in March 1940. The UA Board of Trustees named the union Futrall Memorial Hall, in honor of President John C. Futrall, who died in a car wreck about six months before it opened.
The Traveler office was second floor, last door on the right. Today, Memorial Hall is home to the landscape architecture department.
The Arkansas Traveler. February 23, 1937.
Ibid. February 1, 1938.
Ibid. May 6, 1938.
Ibid. March 15, 1940.