Paper forced from office
By Allison Buchan-Terrell
After 40 years in the same office, Wilfrid Laurier University’s
student newspaper The Cord is being forced out in favour of
increased lounge space in the student union building.
The WLU Students’ Union had planned two phases of renovations
in the Fred Nichols Campus Centre: the first phase beginning
this summer with the reallocation of space for other services,
including a new leadership centre, and the second to renovate
the third floor to make it more accessible for students to
relax and study, said Dan Herman, president of the WLUSU.
“[The Cord] signed a lease extension in April 2002 understanding
that they were no longer a tenant after that,” Herman
“There was no consultation with students; the president
took arbitrary action,” said Wilbur McLean, Editor-in-Chief
of The Cord.
Herman explained the full renovation is a year away and the
WLUSU is conducting focus groups so they can go to an architect
in order to adequately account for students’ needs.
Laurier’s assistant VP-physical resources, Ron Dupuis,
said the university had a SuperBuild project in the works with
a new building planned nearby, which The Cord wanted a new
office in. The plans for the new building have been put on
hold until the financial situation improves. The temporary
cancellation of these plans has forced The Cord to seek alternative
“We will be going into the housing office,” McLean
said, noting the move reduced office space from 1,600 sq. feet
Dupuis confirmed that The Cord will be occupying the former
housing office, which is in a central location on campus.
“If the university were to somehow take away this offer,
we would go into someone’s basement,” McLean responded
when asked if The Cord had a contingency plan.
The new office will require renovations to accommodate the
publishing aspect of The Cord,but staff are not sure where
the funding will come from, he said.