September 27, 2020

BY SARAH VEENSTRA

Conestoga’s athletics and recreation centre, which was supposed to be fully open last month, and then had its opening date changed to December, will now not open until January.
At Conestoga Students Inc.’s first board of directors meeting of the school year on Sept. 24, CSI president Jeff Scherer said the delay was caused by difficulty obtaining steel due to switching steel providers.

Currently, the old fitness room, which has undergone changes, is open and available for student use. Its current equipment is a preview of the new equipment that will fill the rest of the facility in the new year. The rec centre will also house CSI’s new boardroom, clubs room and a wellness office. CSI is also looking for student feedback in regards to any special equipment they would like to see. One item being considered is a light-weight punching bag.

Board members were shown a blueprint of the new rec centre to help them better understand the size and dimensions of various rooms and facilities.

Also at the meeting, Jenni Bauer from Student Services gave a presentation on the co-curricular record, an official document, complementary to students’ academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that they have achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga College. The presentation was done in part due to CSI’s new and growing partnership with Student Services and to inform CSI on volunteer student opportunities.

The final item discussed at the meeting was printing costs as CSI looks at ways to cut costs for students. Scherer made a motion to stop charging nurses for their sticker name tags that they are required to purchase for their scrubs at the beginning of the year.

“The fees only bring in $473 over the whole year,” said Scherer. “They cost like half a penny to make. So, I really need to ask, do we need to be charging for this?”

A motion to make the stickers free was carried, with all board members voting in favour of it.

The next CSI meeting will be held Oct. 29.

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