September 18, 2020

By RYAN HORNE

Conestoga Students Inc. has spent $140,000 on renovations over the past six months that they say will increase the overall college experience.
“We’ve heard more compliments about CSI this year than complaints,” said CSI president Ciara Byrne.
The two major projects undertaken by CSI were renovations to their offices over the summer and the current renovations to the Den, formally known as the upper Sanctuary. 
CSI spent $70,000 to open up their offices for better communication and productivity which, according to Byrne, had been lacking from years past.
There used to be two separate offices for the board and staff which caused communication problems she said.
“Opening it up into one office has made it a better working environment,” she said.  “Having good communication in a team helps serves students better.”
She said the new reception area added this year has made it quicker and easier for students to get their questions answered. 
This gives the directors the ability to concentrate more on their work.
The Student Life Centre opened six years ago in 2005.  At CSI, there are seven full-time staff and 22 students who work in paid leadership roles.
The Den has been out of service since September and Byrne hopes the $70,000 renovations will be completed by the new year. 
The renovations are a little behind schedule as CSI, at their annual general meeting on Oct. 19, thought the Den would be open by Nov. 19.
The new and improved student hangout will include separate rooms to watch movies and play video games as well as chairs and tables to work on school assignments.  The old upper Sanctuary was out of date with ratty pool and ping pong tables.
“People were going up there just to sleep and we wanted to make it a little more functional,” she said.

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