BY DEEANNA ROLLINS
The Venue will be seeing some major changes in the next couple of weeks as it transitions to a full-service restaurant, with a new menu.
The Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) board of directors, at the first meeting of the year on Jan. 26, announced that the changes to The Venue are taking longer than expected, but will be completed within the next two to three weeks.
Business at The Venue has been booming thanks to new hours and beer being sold every day, and CSI expects that having a sit-down restaurant will increase the appeal and bring in even more revenue.
In other business, transportation at Conestoga’s Guelph campus was discussed. Board members were told a referendum will be held on whether or not students there want a universal bus pass (U-Pass) with Guelph Transit to be a mandatory fee in their tuition.
At least 10 per cent of Guelph campus students will need to vote to make the referendum valid.
This is much like the Brantford campus referendum that happened in September of last year, in which students there voted in favour of the U-Pass.
In February 2016 a U-Pass with Grand River Transit (GRT) was rejected by Doon, Cambridge and Waterloo campus students, with 57 per cent (2,139) voting no and 43 per cent (1,591) voting yes.
The U-Pass in Guelph would cost an extra $124.90 in the fall and winter semesters and $126.90 in the summer semester, should the vote pass. This is $1.40 more than what University of Guelph students pay per semester, and is approximately $200 less than what it would normally cost them ($80 per month).