Summertime.....And the Living Ain't Easy

Thursday, June 21, 2007

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Written by Drew Garvie

For many students, the summer semester is an opportunity to relax, unwind from the pressures of school, or make some cash to cover next year's tuition. It's true that lots of students check-out of the city for the summer, never looking back; until this year, I was one of them. But staying in Guelph this summer working as a Commissioner for the CSA has made me realize how busy and vibrant this campus is in the summer months. More importantly, it's made me see that there are still many students on-campus either working or taking courses that we need to serve.

If you're hanging around Guelph this summer, take advantage of all the CSA has to offer you! Taking a course? Whether it's in-class or through distance-ed, you can still come to our office and pick-up a bus pass (distance-ed must still pay the fee). You can also still submit forms for the CSA's Health and Dental Plans.The Bullring is open every weekday from 10am-5pm, so grab some yummy grub and a fair-trade coffee or tea to get you through the day.

If you require any advocacy and support services, the CSA is ready and willing to provide assistance. Our Human Rights Office holds office hours Monday-Thursday, and our Academic Commissioner is always ready to accept appointments for those dealing with course-related issues. As well, our Food Bank is open Tuesday-Thursday if your finances are tight and you are having difficulty fulfilling your nutritional needs.

One of the best ways to spend your free time this summer is to utilize all the cycling trails Guelph has at your disposal. The CSA's Bike Centre, located at 640 Gordon Street, is operating in full swing, with workshops, do-it-yourself repair services, and cycling advice. Email for upcoming events and hours of operation.

The summer has always been a great period for the CSA's Executive to begin spearheading new and innovative projects. We have been spending a lot of time developing mechanisms for co-curricular transcripts, retrofit implementation, space evaluations, and orientation week participation.

We are so excited and pumped about the upcoming year – we've been getting a lot of feedback from different campus groups stating that this year has an atmosphere that's ripe for action and change. Join us in making that change, and get involved.

Come to our Front Office (Room 274 UC) or email and chat with us. We'd love to hear from you.

Happy Summer,

CSA Communications Commissioner

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  1. Posted by: Chris Warren on Jul 5, 2007 @ 1:53am

    Wow! Guelph, really seems to have a lot to offer in the summer. It sounds so nice I think I will come all the way from Zambia to visit. I hear the Hillside festival is quite something. Thanks for doing such a good job at informing us.

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