- Student Federation of the University of Ottawa
Infobox Canadian Student Association
name = Student Federation of the University of Ottawa
established = 1969
University of Ottawa
president = Dean Haldenby
free_label1 = Bilingual
free1 = English/French
homepage = [http://www.sfuo.ca www.sfuo.ca]
The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (also known as The SFUO or The Fed) is the official student-federated body of the
University of Ottawa. It is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated under the Corporations' Act of Ontario since September 1, 1969. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa is a bilingual entity, and is also known as La Fédération Étudiante de l'Université d'Ottawa
They are a bunch of thieving bastards that try and tell you how to think and charge you more than 72$ a semester to do so.
The SFUO currently owns four businesses:
The Pivik, a convenience store located in the University Centre, which sells an assortment of snack foods, groceries, magazines and some school supplies. Because it is owned by the SFUO, and does not have to post a large profit, the Pivik is able to sell items at a cheaper price than competing stores near the university, thanks in large part to renovations which were paid for by tobacco companies. Those tobacco companies were reimbursed later on in the year, after the SFUO met larger than expected sales. Many claim that the Pivik runs deficits, which are covered by commissions on Coca-Cola product sales, as per the exclusivity contract signed with Coca-Cola in 1997. The relevant numbers are as follow: the "U of O Pouring Rights Distribution" document from the Coca-Cola contract attributes $787,353 to the SFUO, $78,735 per year. The Pivik had a profit of $52,659 in 2004-2005 and $79,988 in 2005-2006.
The [http://www.agorabookstore.ca/ Agora Bookstore and Internet Cafe] was created in 1999 [http://www.thefulcrum.ca/node/169] by the SFUO to provide students with a lower cost textbook source than the campus store, which is run by Follett Corporation a large American textbook retailer. The Agora sold textbooks at 7% below the suggested retail price and the Follet-run campus store sold textbooks at 5% above the suggested retail price. In 2003, students voted in a referendum to invest $10 per full time student per semester to allow for the expansion of the Agora. This investment allowed the Agora to move to a new larger location and expand the services provided to students. In response to the show of support by students for the Agora, the campus store reduced their prices by 10% to 5% below suggested retail price. This referendum was set to end at the conclusion of the 2005-2006 academic year, and a new referendum was passed allocating $9 per student per semester to the Agora. While the Agora is not allowed to sell textbooks on campus, it is located only a few blocks away on Besserer Street, making its location accessible and convenient for most students.
Campus Print offers a variety of printing services at reduced costs to students. It is used mostly by the SFUO, it's businesses, services, initiatives, federated bodies, clubs and departments. Campus Print provides a viable alternative to competing printing services, such as the University's Reprography service.
The SFUO briefly opened a bar called The Universe City Lounge above the Agora Bookstore. Universe City was closed after one year of operation. The Nox was another bar that closed briefly after its inauguration. In 2006, the SFUO opened a student bar called 1848 in the University Centre. The bar is gaining popularity, especially as a Tuesday and Wednesday night hang-out. The word about 1848 is spreading quickly since management established "Toonie Tuesdays" and "Wednesday Night Recess." Lovefest and Oktoberfest are among the Wednesday events that created a buzz around campus. Throughout the week, 1848 also features "Poker Mondays" and "Get Drunk Before and During Class and Work Days."
List of Ontario students' associations
* [http://www.sfuo.ca/ Official site]
* [http://www.uottawa.ca University site]
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