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What’s new with the CSU?

by Gregory Todaro December 1, 2015
What’s new with the CSU?

Reggie’s is now open; all referendum questions passed

Reggie’s Bar opened with a soft launch on Thursday, Nov. 26 with a whole new look after months of extensive renovations. The bar, located on the Hall building’s mezzanine, will be open Monday through Friday at 2 p.m., closing at midnight Monday through Wednesday and at 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday.

The new-and-improved Reggie’s Bar which opened last week. Photo by Gregory Todaro.

The new-and-improved Reggie’s Bar which opened last week. Photo by Gregory Todaro.

Reggie’s first closed during the 2013-2014 academic year. After securing funding for the project the next year, renovations started in June 2015.

CSU vice-president of student life John Talbot said the soft launch will allow the staff and the university to get accustomed to new activity. “Also, the space will be able to work out any other kinks that come with the opening,” he said.

The renovations have given the bar a completely new feel and Talbot said the new look comes with new features as well. “The kitchen has an extensive menu and the sound equipment available for use is also top notch,” he said. “The vision for Reggie’s is that it is a space for the whole university. Students, professors, staff, and community members can use it as a space to host events, unwind, eat food, or just relax over a pint.”

The new-and-improved Reggie’s Bar which opened last week. Photo by Gregory Todaro.

The new-and-improved Reggie’s Bar which opened last week. Photo by Gregory Todaro.

The first major event, Reggie’s grand opening party, will happen on Dec. 10. Talbot said the bar will open up to other events hosted by clubs and faculty associations around campus too.

Thursday’s soft opening was also the day polls for the CSU’s byelections officially closed. Every candidate for a position on the CSU council was elected in uncontested bids. All of the referendum questions presented were passed.

“We’re enthusiastic about the overwhelmingly positive response we received from our membership, at all levels,” said CSU president Terry Wilkings.

Other than bylaw changes and the addition of a pro-accessible education stance to the CSU’s position book, students approved allowing the organization to join the Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec (AVEQ), a newly-formed provincial union.

“The next steps are to put together an interim co-ordinating team that will liaise with other student groups in lead up to affiliation campaigns that’ll be taking place throughout Quebec in the winter semester,” said Wilkings.

Voters also approved the redistribution of funds towards the new CSU daycare which, Wilkings said, just received its zoning permit from the city.

The Community-University Research Exchange (CURE), which was seeking to become a fee-levy group, was successful in their campaign. CURE co-ordinator Cassie Smith said the organizers will be meeting over the next two weeks to plan the group’s next steps.

“We hope to hit the ground running in January,” said Smith, “doing classroom visits, reaching out to new community groups and organizing round tables to find creative ways to integrate community-based initiatives into different programs at Concordia.”

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