New SAMU Building opens its doors

January 17, 2020 | Campus Life

On January 13th, students were welcomed into the now available spaces of the new Students' Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) Building. Though some areas of the building remain under construction, a large portion is now accessible, including seating and study spaces.

“We are very excited about the building opening,” says Andrea Turner, SAMU vice-president, Operations. “All the SAMU programs and services will be under one roof. We will have non-academic spaces to enjoy, including quiet study spaces, and spaces on dedicated to student groups.”

Here is what students can look forward to, now and in the coming weeks as construction is finalized:

  • A kitchen area with microwaves

  • Dedicated student group spaces, including meeting rooms, a multimedia room, lockers and storage

  • New food vendors

  • The Pantry – a grocery store-style food support service, which provides food hampers for students in need

  • A second Safe Walk desk

  • An ablution station, open to people of all faiths

  • An event space with an 18-foot projector screen

  • An RBC location with a no-fee ATM – open to all students, no matter who they bank with (please note that students’ own banks may still charge a withdrawal fee)

  • An outdoor patio

The concept of a building that focuses on student space and services was voted for by the student body in a 2015 referendum, and his been under construction since 2017. The building is being funded by a tuition levy.

The SAMU Building is located just west of Building 8,and can currently be accessed by the 109-street pedway, or from the main floor on the northeast corner of 104 ave and 109 street.

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