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Updated on Wednesday, October 1

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OMG: What does everyone think of this year's student planner (the on Feds gives out for free)? Worth picking up?

19 comments

  1. Even if the planner sucked, I would still consider it worth picking up - It's free and I can't live without one. I have to write everything down or else I forget

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    1. Free with your purchase of Feds fees. We're paying for it through Feds staff salaries who put it together plus materials. Do the advertisements cover the costs or is this a net loss?

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    2. 1a, I believe the ads cover it completely, and then some.

      Other flaws in your reasoning:

      1) You don't have to prove you paid the Feds fee to pick up a planner. Anybody can take one.
      2) There are no staff who exist *just* to create the planner. The staff (most of them part-time student staff in marketing) who work to put together the planner would be doing other things if the planner wasn't a thing. Ergo it *is* free, as the only cost to Feds is the time allocation.

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    3. 1b ++++++++++++1 someone who finally knows something about Feds!

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  2. Free and there are some coupons and free vouchers in there too.

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  3. C'mon FEDS, no need to self comment. Everyone knows that nobody uses your planners. Phones have sophisticated calendar/planning apps these days.

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    1. Hi there!

      I've made a Google Calendar of the events in the dayplanner for students using sophisticated calendar/planning apps:

      HTML (for viewing and adding to Google Calendar)
      https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=lmsig1h940pdb3gthl5ko599rk%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Toronto

      XML
      https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/lmsig1h940pdb3gthl5ko599rk%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic

      iCal (.ics format)
      https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/lmsig1h940pdb3gthl5ko599rk%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

      If you have any feedback on the planner, Feds is happy to accept it (Email marketing.reception, I think). The handbook designer has a lot of creative control on the project (apart from the ads, which make the planner free) so your comments will actually make a difference!

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    2. 5a, This is awesome, thank you!

      Yeah does anyone really use paper planners anymore? If you do, go and get one I guess.

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    3. Actually? I see paper planners often. Also, not everyone needs an online calender. Personally, I need to write something down to remember it. In addition to not having data on my phone, having a planner is useful.

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  4. The planner sucks. Its covered in ads and there is not enough room to write everything you would need down.

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    1. Spend the $4.99 and buy it from the Bookstore. Clean design and not covered in ads

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  5. I'm using it. its alright

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  6. It's ok but it has waaay too many ads. There's typically 1 large housing ad on each page.

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  7. Only thing I did not like is they assumed you have max 5 courses. There is 5 slots on course planning page, 5 slots for each weekday... It's not too big of a problem, but it would be nice if they give you 7 slots.

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    1. ^It's really an edge case, but it makes sense to have extra room.

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  8. I'm happy to say as a past Feds staff member, I was responsible for coordinating the student planner this year, and obtaining sponsorship for the planner. The sales of ads this year actually more than covered the cost to produce the planner, in addition to hiring a part-time student staff member for the summer to assist with designing the book. The book is produced by students for students. I can also confidently say that ALL of last year's student planners (13,000 in total) were picked up by students, so they are still being used by students and are considered an effective tool. Obviously I can't say if they were being effectively used, but I can say that none were recycled on our end.

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    1. You just said "...so they are still being used by students and are considered an effective tool." and then right after that you said "Obviously I can't say if they were being effectively used ..."

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