Relocated Copy Centre opens, but just try to find it
By Anton Vidgen
AND THE WINNER FOR MOST GHETTO RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY
EVER GOES TO... The new copy centre opened in the remote
(and ugly) Central Food Commissary building yesterday.
At right, Patty Killough, Steve Alb and Western President
Paul Davenport cut the ribbon.
The outer regions of Western’s campus are dotted by
forests, playing fields and now thanks to a silly decision
by Western brass, the new home of Graphic Services and social
science’s Copy Centre.
Tucked in the basement of the Central Food Commissary, a bleak
and imposing building visited by snow plows, food trucks and
the random Saugeen resident trying to find their drunken way
home, the photocopying Mecca now requires that customers trek
down the big Saugeen hill and across the busy parking lot,
prompting one Copy Centre employee to complain about the tiring
A Gazette writer and photographer both slipped down uncleared
stairs that led right to the Centre’s main entrance.
Note to readers: walk the long way around unless cuts and bruises
The newly renovated location was inaugurated yesterday afternoon
by grinning members of the Centre’s, er, glitterati.
After several unsuccessful attempts — with the concerted
efforts of Copy Centre supervisor Patty Killough, Western President
Paul Davenport and Steve Alb, the director of The BookStore
and Graphic Services — the ribbon was cut, followed by
a speech by Davenport, who praised all the hard work that went
into making it all possible.
“I think we can all agree that an outstanding renovation
job has been done,” Davenport said to the audience, many
of whom enjoyed some of the free cake and coffee given out
for the grand re-opening.
“This move was made in part due to the academic space
needs of social science,” Davenport said, adding the
move was facilitated by a “collegial and supportive” staff. “Moving
is never easy,” he conceded.
“[I don’t] feel that we were given a lower priority,” Alb
said of the process to allocate space. He acknowledged that
the new location may make things more difficult for students
who use the copying services, but put a positive spin on the
move. “Maybe it’s less convenient [for most], but
now it’s more convenient for the students at Saugeen,” he
“I find it a little isolated from campus,” said
Dawn Reiche, an employee at the Centre. “[But] there’s
lots of room.”