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Improved Student Academic Accountability

With many students feeling like they are just a number, and that they could learn entire classes simply from text books, there is motivation to make sure professors are actually making a difference in the education of our students.

Many students in introductory classes feel that their professors simply regurgitate the text book.To remedy this dilemma, students could be kept more accountable for their readings, and professors... more »

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Online Portal for Research Collaboration with Professors

Many students are looking for an educational experience applicable to their future endeavours. There are also many professors who offer research opportunities for students.

Though there are some portals available for students to apply for these research opportunities, it would be very beneficial for students and professors to have a single online portal that was known by every student, where students could find research... more »

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Install water fountains with water bottle filling capability

More fountains should be outfitted with the capability to fill water bottles easily. Along with the current types being tested around campus, there are other kinds, many of which are simpler in design requiring fewer parts and electronics. Simpler methods could prove useful for widespread adoption of the idea.

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Paper recycling bin at every U-Print device

I have noticed that people using the uPrint devices print things that they don't want and leave the paper on the machine or lying around.

Also, I noticed that many of the uPrint devices are located in hallways and other spaces which don't have a paper recycling bin close by.

I think it would be very helpful and useful to have a paper recycling bin at every U-Print device. Paper only recycling, so a single narrow slot... more »

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Surplus store

Tied into the idea of better asset management, the idea would be to have a store front where surplus items from around campus can be stored in (rather than stuffed into little rooms around campus taking up valuable space) and sold out of.

 

There are other Universities with programs along the same lines.

http://www.uiowa.edu/uisurplus/index.html

http://www.msusurplusstore.com/servlet/StoreFront

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Improving cafetaria spaces

The McGill cafeterias should be redesigned to encourage ownership and participation. They should become gathering spaces. Instead of tables and chairs being bolted into the ground, they could be arranged so that people feel like they can eat and discuss together.
Instead of cafeterias being relegated to corners, they should be at the center of campus life.
Instead of feeling like transitory spaces, where you eat as... more »

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