August 5, 2020

BY DEEANNA ROLLINS

Good news for students! In the 2017/2018 school year, there will be no CSI fee changes.

At the February board of director’s meeting of Conestoga’s Students Inc. (CSI), the student association that represents more than 10,000 full-time students among all college campuses, Cameron Jones, president, said that CSI fees will not be increasing. This means that the CSI association fee will stay at $110 and the CSI capital development fee at $68.49 per semester.

Board members were also told that, as of Feb. 15, the McDonalds on Homer Watson Boulevard in Kitchener accepts Condor Cash, the money that can be loaded onto students’ ONECards.

In September 2016, the ONECard office at Conestoga launched Condor Cash. Since then, $264,000 has been loaded onto 1,500 different ONECards, including those of staff and students.

Condor Cash can be used at many different places within Conestoga, such as cafeterias, vending machines, The Bookstore, Subway, Pizza Pizza, Pita Pit and Tim Hortons. Off-campus it can be used at McDonalds and possibly Gino’s Pizza, which is in the process of signing a deal with ONECard that will include delivery with payment by Condor Cash.

In other business, CSI’s 36th annual Polar Plunge was discussed. The fundraiser had a goal of $2,500, with proceeds going to a local organization called Nutrition for Learning. This organization provides healthy breakfasts to almost 2,000 students every day. The Polar Plunge raised $1,756.32 and CSI added $743.68 to help them reach their goal.

CSI also approved the decision to purchase another shuttle bus for travel between Doon and Cambridge campuses and residence. The bus will cost $85,915 with a $20,000 deposit and the remainder will be financed over a five-year term. The bus is a 2016 model that seats 18 passengers and two wheelchairs. The bus will be at the school and in use this coming September.

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