By now you’ve probably seen tons of UTSU flyers and posters all over campus promoting the construction of a student-run space called Student Commons. It sounds pretty nice at first; after all, who wouldn’t want a 24-hour student space or space for student organizations? Before you buy into this, some things you may want to consider.
Firstly, the UTSU is proposing that all students pay $5 per session during the construction of this place and $14.25 per session after it opens to pay off the mortgage. It doesn’t stop there — they are asking for $6.50 more per session for operating and capital renewal costs. Do your math and this adds up to $20.75 per session! Furthermore, are these costs not subject to change? This is, after all, only a propsal. Hmm…
Another thing that really bugs people is the fact that we actually have to pay for a space like this. Do you think the University of Toronto should be responsible for these costs? What is this space going to look like anyway? What if we don’t like how it turns out?
For more information, check out the links below:
An article by The Varsity against the idea.
A utoronto LiveJournal post discussing it
Make your opinion heard by voting anytime from now until November 2nd. Polling stations are at the following locations:
SIDNEY SMITH LOBBY
WOODSWORTH RESIDENCE LOBBY
MEDICAL SCIENCES BUILDING
ALUMNI HALL (ST. MIKE’S)