Can't argue with either choice.
The Whisperlite Universal might be desirable for someone who wanted one do-it-all stove. For summer use, use it as an upright canister stove. For colder weather, use it as an inverted canister stove. For really cold weather, switch to liquid fuel.
It'd also be good for larger groups, 'cause it can handle some pretty big pots.
It might be desirable for travelers since there ought to be at least one (of its three classes of fuel) type of fuel available. I can see burning gas if it's available (clean, convenient, simmers easily), and then stuff like kerosene, or even av gas and unleaded if canister gas were not available.