President Ford responded to those who did not wish to support Coffman Union because they did not feel they would benefit from its construction. He argued that the common good was more important than whether or not one person received direct benefit: "Surely good citizenship in such things does not ask at every turn: 'What do I get out of it?'" The arguments against the union were not based on opposition to the philosophical idea of a student union as a central meeting place at a university, but to its cost if it meant raising fees.
At least in the Minnesota Daily, the dissident voices temporarily succeeded in drowning out those who supported Coffman Union, although it is difficult to know from a few articles and a number of letters to the editor how the majority of the student population felt. There must have been support among many students, as almost 1200 students were recruited to work on the union fund. Each student was assigned eight or ten other students with whom he or she spoke about the fund drive for the new union. Ultimately, the protest of the new union did lead to a few positive changes: the men's and women's lounges were changed from two stories to one to save space, a bookstore was guaranteed and the cafeteria prices were not raised.. The changes did not alter the cost of the building, but seem to have placated the opposition nonetheless.
 "Ford Answers Protest on Union," Minnesota Daily, February 16, 1939.
 "1200 Students Are Enlisted in a Drive for a New Union," Minnesota Union, February 15, 1939.
 "Union Plans Began 25 Years Ago," Minnesota Daily, October 4, 1940.
 See "New Union," Gopher, no. 53, (1940), 165.
This piece alludes to the conflict over the union. I have not been able to find information as to how the Jacobin club and others came around.