DSU seeks student input for SUB renos

Suggestions for new SUB due on Wednesday

Owain Meyer-Macaulay, right, presents some of his ideas to the DSU executive at Monday night’s planning session.
Owain Meyer-Macaulay, right, presents some of his ideas to the DSU executive at Monday night’s planning session. (Photo: Laura Hubbard)

The Dalhousie Student Union is looking to renovate the Student Union Building, but they can’t do it alone.

The DSU, headed by president Jamie Arron, held a meeting yesterday to meet with students about what they want to see at the SUB.

“We’re trying to plant the seeds and get conversations started,” Arron said. More talks will be held in March when plans for the new SUB will be finalized.

Monday’s meeting was the first of three sessions hosted by the DSU to gather ideas from students.

“It’s important we do this right,” Arron said. “We’re looking at a four or five million dollar plan.”

Arron says a $25 fee is included in tuition costs to help cover the renovations. The last renovation to the 44-year-old building was completed in 1999. Arron says those renovations have just recently been paid off. Dal is now collecting for the upcoming project.

The DSU executive plans to meet with architects next week to discuss what is possible for the proposed budget and area. Arron hopes to hire an architect for the project in March.

Yesterday’s event gave students a chance to brainstorm with members of the DSU and discuss what they want to see.

“This is a student space. It has to be somewhere students want to come,” said Dal student Owain Meyer-Macaulay.

Ideas included a student gallery, balcony or deck to use the outdoor space on the Lemarchant Street side of the SUB, more greenery in the SUB, a space for student musicians, better seating arrangements or lounges, and an expansion on the popular puppy room: baby duck day.

Discussions will continue today at 3:30 p.m., in Room 214 of the SUB. Suggestions for the new space can be dropped off at the SUB info desk by Wednesday or be sent to president@dsu.ca