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Federation of Students assumes full management control of the Student Life Centre

February 4th, 2013

Photo: Feds President Andrew Noble signs the agreement with Chris Read, the Associate Provost, Students.

Get ready for more study space, more resources, and more activities, uWaterloo! The Federation of Students has assumed control of the Student Life Centre on campus. An agreement was signed by Feds President Andrew Noble on Monday, February 4, 2013 that made the change in management official.

“This is an exciting day for Feds and undergraduates,” said Andrew. “We will be hosting a celebration in the Student Life Centre Great Hall at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013. It will also be an opportunity for undergraduates to ask questions.”

The acquisition was sparked in May 2011, when the University decided not to renew the Federation of Students’ lease on Federation Hall. The 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 executives researched the needs of students on campus, and worked with the administration to explore options to meet these needs.

“We know the Federation of Students will operate the Student Life Centre in the best interests of undergraduates,” said Chris Read, the Associate Provost, Students. “Feds is well positioned to make day-to-day decisions for students, and supports their initiatives like campus clubs. I look forward to seeing how they evolve the space to serve students.”

The Federation of Students operates commercial services like The Bombshelter Pub and services like The Women’s Centre in the building, noted Andrew. “It has so much that is a part of Feds and, under our management, any future operations will better reflect the common interests of students."

A number of important points the Federation of Students negotiated for, that appear in the final agreement include:

  1. Full management oversight control of the Student Life Centre.
  2. A 49-year operating agreement with the ability to renew.
  3. Limited permissions required from the University of Waterloo for the Federation of Students to improve the Student Life Centre.
  4. The removal of University vending machines once the Federation of Students starts to operate the Student Life Centre, and control of a 24 hour convenience outlet.
  5. The ability to negotiate and redistribute all leases within the building once the term is over in order to meet the needs of students.

The Federation of Students will be releasing more details on the agreement and operation of the Student Life Centre during the next few weeks. Share your questions and comments with the Federation of Students’ executive and others from the uWaterloo community on FedsConnect at connect.feds.ca.