Letter from the President & CEO: November/December Update

As the semester ends, the Students’ Union is delighted to report on the successful completion of two major platform points tackling both financial difficulties and study space.

Firstly, during my time as an undergrad I closely witnessed the struggles of my peers.  While there are various scenarios in the life of an undergraduate student that may produce a state of distress, financial pressure can quickly threaten academic success. Students in a precarious financial situation may struggle to pay tuition fees, rent, and other life essentials, which produces continuous stress and anxiety. This financial uncertainty also contributes to the fear of either being deregistered from the university or evicted from their place of residence with no place left to stay.

To help students who are experiencing this type of stressful situation, we are introducing the Students’ Union Successful Students Applications program, which allows Laurier undergraduates to access needs-based financial assistance. Our hope is that added financial supports can further contribute to Laurier’s comprehensive approach to integrated health and wellness. When all other financial supports have been exhausted, this program aims to be a beacon of hope.

Secondly, limited study space on campus is an ongoing and important issue for students at Laurier. The Students’ Union recognizes the importance of accessible space for achieving academic success. We appreciate the need for a diversity of multi-purpose study spaces that cater to students’ preferred studying atmosphere and enable productive preparation for term projects and final exams.

On the Brantford campus, the Dean of Students office has made this an ongoing priority, and after an 18-month consultation process, has piloted extended study hours for the following on campus spaces:

Monday – Friday:

  • All academic buildings will be open from 7:30am-10pm

Saturday – Sunday:

  • All academic buildings will be locked, but will be accessible by OneCard from 7:30am-10pm

Late Night and 24-Hour Access:

  • OneCard access to the following buildings from 10pm-midnight; Grand River Hall, Market Darling Centre, Odeon Building, Research Academic Centre (East & West), SC Johnson Building, Student Centre, Carnegie Building
  • 24-hour access via OneCard; 1st and 2nd floor of Grand River Hall, Odeon Building and Student Centre

This project will undergo review in April 2019; if you have any feedback or have a favourite study space you would like to have later access to, reach out to us at http://yourstudentsunion.ca/contact-us/

On the Waterloo campus, the Turret is available to be used as a functional study space. Following renovations funded through the Student Life Levy, the Turret now has a range of comfortable seating and tables, and also features portable white boards for all your studying needs. The Turret and Hawk’s Nest study areas are available:

Tuesday December 11th, 2018

  • Hawk’s Nest, from 12 noon until 1 a.m.

Wednesday December 12th, 2018

  • Turret & Hawks Nest, from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Thursday December 13th, 2018

  • Turret, from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m.

Friday December 14th, 2018

  • Turret and Hawk’s Nest, from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Saturday December 15th, 2018

  • Turret, from 10 a.m. until midnight

Sunday December 16th, 2018 

  • Turret and Hawk’s Nest, from 10 a.m. until midnight

Keep an eye on the Students’ Union Instagram (@yourstudentsunion) to learn more about these study spaces!

The election period is upon us! Nominations are currently open and will be accepted until January 4th. Have you ever thought about running for President & CEO? Director of the Board? Undergrad Senator? Or even a member of the Board of Governors? Feel free to swing by the office, send me an email (supresident@wlu.ca ), or tweet me (@StudentsUPres), as I am more than happy to talk to you about any of these roles. Nomination packages are available online, at the Udesk in Brantford and Waterloo, and at the Students’ Union office.

As we all head into the holiday season, I urge you to reflect on this period, acknowledge the defining moments, thank those who were there for you, revisit your goals, and always remember that the Students’ Union is here to support you.

Tarique Plummer
Students’ Union President & CEO