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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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  • GCC staff, Brenda Whiteside (Associate VP of Student Affairs at the UoG) & CSA Commissionrs

    GCC staff, Brenda Whiteside (Associate VP of Student Affairs at the UoG) & CSA Commissionrs

  • GCC staff, Brenda Whiteside (Associate VP of Student Affairs at the UoG) & CSA Commissionrs

    GCC staff, Brenda Whiteside (Associate VP of Student Affairs at the UoG) & CSA Commissionrs

  • Full-house at the Bullring

    Full-house at the Bullring

  • Full-house at the Bullring

    Full-house at the Bullring

Written by Alice Lin

The Guelph Campus Co-op celebrated their 100th birthday last November at the Bullring by giving away lots of cupcakes and smiles. It is among one of the oldest student-run co-operatives in all of North America. The GCC team and CSA commissioners were later joined by the Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs, Brenda Whiteside, in a ceremonial cake-cutting session and handed out birthday cakes to students.

GCC was established in 1913 by a group of OAC students, whom envisioned the co-op to provide students with services, textbooks, and entertainment. In the 90s, the infamous co-op coffee shop was dug out in the basement of Massey Hall and was a favourite gathering place for many students. Tina Sorbra, a staff member of the GCC and a Guelph alumnus, remembers the Massey Hall coffee shop as a cozy place that she would frequently visit to student or catch up with friends. Sorbra joined the co-op as a student and volunteered on the board during her time at the University, and later continued to work for the GCC as a Financial Manager.

Indeed, the GCC has changed greatly over the past century, and students can continue to look forward to even more evolutionary growth of the co-op in the future. Especially in the face of new changes and innovation in the textbook industry, the co-op is always looking for opportunities to provide services as well as support for students and to continue to offer many other benefits in return for their membership. One of the contest that GCC runs, called “Give a member a break” gives students who have a co-op membership a chance to win up to half of their winter semester tuition.

“One of the major and most exciting projects underway is the GCC’s new sustainable co-op student housing complex on College and Gordon” said Mikaela Stiver, the Vice President of the GCC Board of Directors.

The complex is scheduled to complete in May of 2014. The interior was designed by Grinham Architects, a locally-based firm, and features a beautiful open-concept kitchen, living-room as well as a private balcony. This GCC complex incorporates a passive solar design, a fully accessible unit, and a rainwater collection system in pursuit of making living affordable, accessible, and sustainable. Application is now available on the campus co-op commons website here: http://campuscoopcommons.com/your-new-home/.

Stiver, who is currently in her final year at the University pursuing a B.Sc degree in Human Kinetics, had been actively engaged with the co-op since her first year. At the 100th birthday celebration, she reflected upon her experience here at UofG and the first time she visited the campus. “I just loved that there are so many student run groups available at Guelph,” Stiver shared, “my involvement with the GCC has been incredibly awarding. It’s certainly been an interesting growing experience for me as an individual”.

To learn more about GCC and to get involved, visit: http://www.guelphcampus.coop/

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