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Updated on Thursday, August 21

#19660

OMG: Regarding the (moronic) move by Food Services to rename Fed Hall: the UW Board of Governors maintains final authority regarding the naming of all buildings. To the 5 students sitting on the Board of Governors (including the Feds President): don't allow the University to rename a unique and historic building that was built and paid for by students. Please put a motion forward at the next Board meeting to prevent this!

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  1. It looks like the next meeting is on October 28th.

    https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat-general-counsel/governance/board-governors

    As many students as possible should go out to that meeting - they are open to the public!

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  2. Who cares what the building is called? Surely there are more important things for everyone to be worrying about?

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    1. It matters because it's a part of campus history and a major slap-in-the-face to student achievement.

      Fed Hall was built, fully paid for, owned, and operated by students. It was the largest nightclub on a university campus in Canada. Then the University took it back from us without so much as a "thank you." The least they can do is honour its place as a historic building and keep the name the same.

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  3. this bothers people for all of 5 seconds i'm sure, considering they don't even spend 1% of their time in that building

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  4. It shouldn't remain called Federation Hall, since it's no longer run by the Federation. I'd rather they change the name.

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    1. 4, nonsense. It's a building with a unique and distinctive history called 'Federation Hall' because students, through Feds, built it and paid for it. The name should be kept same for historical purposes - they should honour its roots as a student-funded project on campus.

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    2. Having "Federation" in the name isn't a reference to its purpose, but rather to the donor that made it possible (i.e. students, through the Federation of students). Removing that name is like removing "Mike and Ophelia Lazardis" from the QNC. Just imagine how well that would go.

      The removal of the name is just another way our university is showing us that it doesn't value students.

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  5. Meh. I could give two shits

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  6. The only people who care about Fed Hall and what it's called is Feds insiders. A few of them were complaining about it on Facebook too.
    In my entire time at UW the only time Feds has ever tried to fight the admin has been for a building that no one cares about. Clearly Feds is invested in student issues...

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    1. 6 it wasn't always a building students didn't care about. There was a time when Fed Hall was a fully licensed establishment, with events every week that made Bomber Wednesday look small and insignificant. It was the largest nightclub on a university campus in Canada, and it was entirely student run.

      ...Until there was an accident there which MIGHT have been alcohol-related, and Bud Walker shut down the entire building for a year.

      But regardless of what it's become now, it's a significant part of Waterloo's history, and a legacy that students should at least be aware of (students did pay for the construction of Fed Hall, after all). It's fine if you don't give a damn about local history, but don't force those views on those of us who do.

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    2. @ 6a

      what matters is whether people care about it now and in the future, not in the past

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    3. 6b, understanding where we came from in the past, and the foolish mistakes we made, is the only way to avoid repeating them in the future.

      For instance, as compensation for taking Fed Hall, the University handed over management control of the SLC to Feds - making the SLC a student-operated building for the first time in years. But if we forget that fact, what's to stop the University from taking it back in an instant (as they have done at several points in the past)?

      Fed Hall is both a testament to what students can accomplish on this campus - and a lesson on how we can take a good thing and monumentally screw it up. We shouldn't be so hasty to let the administration eradicate such a valuable lesson from our memories.

      If I was one of the students who voted "Yes" in the referendum back in the 80s to build a nightclub on campus, or one of the several generations of students who paid hefty extra tuition fees to pay for Fed Hall because of that same referendum, I'd be pretty pissed that the money I thought was going to a cause I believed in back then had been lost in a horrific negotiation blunder.

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    4. @6c your point is completely moot

      renaming something is hardly comparable to spending lots of money to build something new

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    5. 6d to what are you referring? Nothing new has been built. Fed Hall belongs to Food Services now, and was given to them courtesy of the students who paid for its construction (the same way Mike Lazaridis paid for the QNC, except he paid for half of that while we paid for 100% of Fed Hall).

      Food Services should continue using it, but keep the name the same.

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  7. lol historic building.

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    1. Just because you don't give a damn about the campus community or its history, doesn't mean the rest of us can't. For some of us, this isn't just a place where we sit in rooms for 4 years en route to a job - it's a home.

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  8. Reading about the history of Fed Hall makes me depressed. Now I know why people who went to university in the 90s in Ontario kept telling me that Waterloo was 'the party school' and that people went there to party, it seems like Fed Hall had to do a lot with that. The administration removing the liquor license really fucked the place over it seems.

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    1. In a press interview at the time, Bud Walker actually said something along the lines of "Waterloo isn't the sort of school where students drink and party all the time. Our students are more professional and focused than that." ...or some crap like that.

      The result was the University putting tight restrictions on Fed Hall's liquor license and jacking up the annual cost to Feds to hold licensed events there (they put a bunch of restrictions in place that cost Feds a lot of money to implement). The result was that Feds had to open the Hall to non-campus groups for events in order to recover costs - which was cited as one of the University's primary reasons for taking it from students 3 years ago.

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    2. Can't get booze, but steroids are all good. Just ask the football team.

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