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Decals give student centre a sense of place

Bright decals on the windows of the CAW Student Centre represent just the first in a series of steps to stamp a sense of identity on the building, says Kim Orr, president of the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance.

“We didn’t like how generic the student centre can feel sometimes,” she says. “Once you’re inside, you feel like you could be anywhere.”

The decals, affixed to the windows along the building’s east side, bear the message “You. Windsor.” They will be joined by banners on the outside of the building, and more hanging in the atrium open from the cafeteria to the lower level, says Orr.

“I can’t wait for students to come back in September and see how we have dressed up the centre,” she says.

Her alliance and the Organization of Part-time University Students will split the $45,000 cost of the materials, created by the marketing and design firm Hargreaves Stewart.

Students in the centre Tuesday welcomed the initiative.

“The decals will help to promote school spirit,” said fourth-year mechanical engineering student William Girard. “They’re kind of cool.”

Lola Abdul, who plans to begin studies in international relations this fall, agrees.

“I like them,” she said. “It makes this place look alive.”