Clock tower ceremony to take place Monday

Free: an idea that should help with the topping ceremony celebration for the new Brown-Lupton University Union.Chancellor Victor Boschini and Linbeck Construction project manager Tom Hale will gather with TCU students on the Milton Daniel lawn Monday to view the placing of the spire on top of the University Union clock tower and discuss the progress of the University Union.

The ceremony, which celebrates the topping of the tower, offers several free incentives for students.

The first 500 students in attendance will receive a free long-sleeve purple T-shirt. Margaret Kelly, executive director for community projects, said there will be a “build your own baked potato bar” with all the proper toppings available for creating the perfect potato.

Students can also enter a raffle for a free meal plan for a semester. The drawing will take place during the grand opening event for the University Union in the fall, Kelly said.

TCU communications specialist Lisa Albert said the ceremony will also feature live music by the band Wonderful Facade.

Kelly said Boschini and Hale will give speeches on the University Union’s progress and future plans.

The facility, which costs an estimated $45.7 million, is scheduled for completion in August.

The 145,700-square-foot building will consist of dining facilities, meeting rooms, a post office, copy center, printing services, convenience store, gift shop and a 350-seat theater.

The celebration starts at 11:30 a.m., and the actual topping presentation will start at noon.