Just so everyone knows, it says in the proposal that " The cost of the building is expected to be divided between undergraduates, graduates, and the University of Waterloo." That means our tuition will increase once this project is approved.
whatever, this place is fucked. Go ahead and speak up against this project. You and future students can rot away in the SLC under the smirking gaze of the Turkeys for all I care. Please enjoy your lack of space and offices devoted to student life. All you do is study and complain anyway.
I don't think this is the best approach. Rather, students should work with their individual faculties and encourage implementing new student space in existing facilities or through additions. Environment students did it with EV3, and Arts students are currently pushing for it.
Funny how FEDS is always fighting for lower tuition rates. Now, they're trying to get $50+ added onto our student fees. They hire many wasteful employees and waste hundreds of thousands of student dollars on useless, poorly run initiatives and continue on with piss poor management of some of their existing businesses (i.e. Bomber). They didn't even properly fight for FED Hall. The same thing will happen in the future.
I have this image in my mind of hens in a henhouse, laying eggs just for them to be taken away by the farmer every morning. Imagine the momentary sadness felt by the hens when their eggs are taken, and then the blissful forgetfulness five minutes later when another egg is laid.
@1: As is usual for student building constructions, student-operated space would have to be paid for by students. The usual way it works is that a small fee (likely a few dollars per term) is added to student fees once the building is complete for a certain length of time, so that students who won't use it won't pay for it. (It technically isn't tuition, but that's certainly not a point worth arguing about).
(For my thoughts on Fed Hall, see the other OMG)
@3, 4, 10: The proposed location is at http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/governance/Board/20110405oagbog.pdf on pages 58-61. Before anyone says anything about a gigantic brick, or the way it affects Grad House Green, I'll mention that these are just concepts. The consultations mentioned above are part of the process by which Feds, the GSA, and the University will decide on how they would like the building to affect Grad House Green, so that's where you should comment that you want to see the green remain intact.
@10: It's too early in the process for that. The building needs to be designed before concepts can be drawn up. This stage of the consultation is to guide the design of the building.
This building makes me so mad. We already have a pretty ugly university because all of the buildings are so crammed together. Now they're planning to take away the last bit of green space? I'm so sick of this school and their disregard for what students want in favour of more money.
Thank you very much for the link. Those drawings were exactly what I was after. Why on earth those wouldn't be linked on the page about the new building on the Feds website, I don't know.
I like the idea of flattening out that hill beside grad house. That space (please with trees - although I imagine they'll just put in typical little twigs) could be much better used if it was flat and would make it look bigger I think. The new building would mostly sit on that walkway from the looks of it.
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