Your Guide to Academic Buildings

We are now only 15 days away from Welcome Day! 

To help you learn a bit more about where your classes will be held, we’ve compiled a list of the academic buildings on campus. While several of the buildings are program specific, many buildings host courses from a variety of departments. These buildings are home to faculty, academic and administrative staff. Students can find common areas and private study spaces in many of these buildings, especially those that are recent additions to campus. You can determine which buildings your courses will be in by looking at the rooms listed on your course schedule.

Schwartz School of Business (SCHW)

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“Schwartz”, as it is referred to on campus, is located on Martha Drive and consists of the Schwartz School of Business and the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership. Situated near Xavier Hall, the Angus L. MacDonald Library and St. Ninian Cathedral, Schwartz is one of the liveliest areas on Lower Campus. Schwartz is home to the Department of Business, and while it is known mostly as an academic building for business students, courses from a diverse range of departments are taught in its classrooms, computer labs, and the beautiful Schwartz Auditorium on first floor.

Schwartz is also an important area for university functions that include keynote speakers, major announcements, and conferences. In addition to its excellent lecture rooms, Schwartz also has great study spaces on second floor and fourth floor, where there are private study rooms and a study lounge. Schwartz is also home to the Student Career Centre, which provides help for students looking for job or career opportunities, as well as the Co-op Education Program.

Physical Sciences Centre (PS)

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Known as the PSC, the Physical Sciences Centre is located between the Bauer Theatre and the Safety and Security office on Lower Campus. Like Schwartz, the PSC is a recent addition to campus, and it is full of natural lighting and open spaces. The PSC is home to the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics, the Department of Engineering, and the Department of Earth Sciences, although there are other courses that are held in the building. If you are in chemistry, physics, or engineering, you are sure to spend many hours in the PSC classrooms and labs.

The PSC is also home to some of the most sought after study spaces on campus: the pods. Like the private rooms in Schwartz, these pods are in high demand, and you’ll have to set an early alarm if you want to study in a pod during exams.

Rankin School of Nursing (MSB)

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Located on the south side of the Mount Saint Bernard complex, the Rankin School of Nursing is a newly renovated academic facility that includes a state-of-the-art nursing simulation learning centre. If you’re in the nursing program, this building will become your second home.

J. Bruce Brown Hall (BB)

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Referred to as “JBB”, the J. Bruce Brown Hall faces Notre Dame Avenue and it is situated next to Lane Hall. JBB is home to the Department of Biology, the Department of Human Nutrition, the Department of Anthropology, and the Aquatic Resources Program. In addition to classrooms and faculty offices, there are numerous labs in JBB, making this building a hub for university research involving both student and faculty researchers.

Nicholson Tower (NH)

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Nicholson Tower is the tallest building on the StFX campus, and it is a busy spot for many of the academic staff at StFX. Students can find helpful services such as Academic Advising on the 2nd floor and the Financial Aid Office on 3rd floor, while students interested in spending a semester abroad can learn more at the International Exchange Office on 2nd floor. There are many different departments found in the tower, including the Department of Religious Studies on 4th floor, Department of Economics on 5th floor, Department of English on 6th floor, Department of Political Science and Department of Philosophy on 7th floor, as well as the Department of History.

Immaculata Hall (IM)

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Immaculata Hall is part of Mount Saint Bernard, and is located on the northern edge of Upper Campus. Immaculata is home to the Department of Modern Languages. It is also home to the Art Department, where students can demonstrate their creative side in the studio through mediums such as painting, textiles, and sculpting. Students interested in travelling abroad to participate in a community development project can visit the Service Learning office on 2nd floor.

Gilmora Hall (GM)

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Gilmora Hall is home to the Music Department, where you can find practice rooms with pianos and instruments, perfect for any student in the Jazz program. Gilmora is located next to the main entrance of Mount Saint Bernard, and it faces Notre Dame Avenue. It will host some of the temporary classrooms that will be used while construction of the Mulroney Institute takes place.

Annex (AX)

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The Annex is situated between the Bloomfield Centre (SUB) and Nicholson Tower. Located on a hill, it overlooks a busy area in the heart of campus. It is home to the Department of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Sociology. While the building houses mostly faculty offices, students in these programs become familiar with the Annex. Known for its vintage look and feel, those who work there have a sense of pride for their home on campus.

Oland Centre (OC)

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The Oland Centre is located on Convocation Boulevard, and it is one of the primary athletics facilities on campus. While it is known for being a hub for varsity sports, intramurals, and StFX recreation, it is also the home of the Department of Human Kinetics. In addition to a newly renovated main gym, an auxiliary gym, and facilities for varsity athletes, the OC also has four racquetball courts, two squash courts, a varsity weight room, an athletic therapy room, a computer lab, two Human Kinetics labs, a combat room, team dressing rooms, three classrooms, and the Kehoe conference meeting room.

Charles V. Keating Centre (KC)

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The Keating Centre is home to the X-Men and X-Women hockey teams. It contains a main ice surface and an auxiliary arena, the KMC Cafe, Conference Services, and hospitality facilities. The conference rooms on the second floor of the Keating Centre will be used as temporary classrooms during the construction of the Mulroney Institute.

Coady International Institute (CO)

 

Located on the edge of Upper Campus, the Coady Institute houses a centre for community development and leadership. The Coady attracts individuals from around the world to participate in world-class programs that help them create change in their home communities. The Coady will be home to several temporary classrooms during the construction of the Mulroney Institute.

St. Ninian Place (SNP)

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St. Ninian Place is a facility that operates as part of the St. Ninian Cathedral. It includes four meeting rooms and a large hall that is used for functions such as community events and private receptions. St. Ninian Place will be used for several temporary classrooms during the construction of the Mulroney Institute.

 

Shop ‘Til You Drop at the StFX Campus Store

The countdown to Welcome Day is now at 24 days! So exciting!!!

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn more about the incredible residence experience on campus, we figured we’d introduce you to one of the most important places that you will visit in your first few days of university: the StFX Campus Store aka the bookstore! Located on the first floor of the Student Union Building (Bloomfield Centre), the Campus Store sells all the textbooks, clothing, StFX-themed items and school supplies available at StFX. The store is also home to the recently opened X-Ring Store, where students eligible to receive their X-Ring can browse, try on, and order their X-Ring.

The busiest times of the year for the Campus Store are the first two weeks in September and January, as students are buying textbooks for the start of the semester. The store extends its hours during these times to accommodate the increased traffic. There is typically a line that extends out of the store, especially in the morning and afternoon, so make sure to plan to wait an extra ten minutes or so to enter the store.

The Campus Store hours are: Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. There are extended hours during the academic year, as the store is open until 8pm on Thursdays.  

The employees at the Campus Store are super friendly and helpful, and they make your book-buying experience simple. If you log in to your mesAMIS account (accessed by using your StFX PIN and password), you can view your list of textbooks under the “My Books” heading. You can show this list to a Campus Store employee and they will lead you to the textbooks on the list. You may not need the assistance of an employee when looking for a textbook, as the shelves are organized according to degree, such as Business, Nursing, Human Kinetics, Psychology, etc.

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When you are buying your textbooks, make sure that you are aware of the Campus Store’s Textbook Returns Policy. This is important for new textbooks, especially ones that are wrapped in plastic, but it applies for used textbooks as well. While the Campus Store is a place for students to buy textbooks, it is also a place where students can sell textbooks they are no longer using. At the end of the semester, the store offers a Textbook Buyback, where you can go to the Campus Store and exchange your textbooks for some spending money.

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The Campus Store is also the go-to place for purchasing StFX clothing and gifts. There are lots of options for t-shirts, hats, and athletic wear. You can also choose from the wide selection of sweater designs, including sweaters that include your program. Full of house spirit? The Campus Store has scarves for each house, complete with house colours.

Another item that you can find at the store is StFX-themed bedding. The bed in a bag set comes in twin, double, and queen sizes, so the bedding is perfect for all bed sizes in residence. Included in the set is a sheet set, a pillow and pillowcase, and a navy comforter with StFX embroidered on the front. You can find this item in the Campus Store and on the Campus Store website in twin and double sizes. The twin bedding set costs $72.25, the double set costs $84.25, and the queen duvet set includes a white duvet cover with StFX embroidered on the front and costs $145. You can find the bedding sets in store and on the Campus Store website.

Whether you’re getting ready for a new semester of classes, preparing for Homecoming, buying gifts for family members, or visiting StFX on a campus tour, the Campus Store will meet your needs and provide great customer service.

Your New Home: Riley and O’Regan Hall

Guess what everyoneeeee…. 29 days until Orientation week!!!!

Last but certainly not least on the list for residences is our newest addition to StFX, Riley Hall and O’Regan Hall, aka the new res’s. Although they are on opposite sides of the rink for the Bathtub Hockey Cup (Riley vs. O’Regan), they share a very positive bond throughout the year. One of the coolest things about these residences is that they write messages on their big windows that overlook the front lawn, often displaying a message to their neighbour. As the two nicest residences on campus which opened in 2013, they both include a cardio room, a movie theatre, and a huge lounge where a lot of house events take place. These co-ed residences include a full washroom including a bathtub (hence the hockey cup name), a double sized bed, a flat screen TV, a mini fridge and a microwave. Even with all of those amenities, you will never be short of floor space. These huge rooms are available in either a double or a single room. Riley and O’Regan are located on upper campus, and there is a nearby path that leads you to places such as the Antigonish Mall and Sobeys. So if this is your room assignment, get ready for a year of luxury that is full of fun in a room that is nicer than most hotels.

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Riley Royals

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Riley hall also known as the “Castle” is much like a real castle, full of magic, and Royals running throughout. Unarguably one of the most beautiful buildings on campus, Riley Hall is across from its twin O’Regan Hall. Now picture it, the nicest residence on campus, the full atmosphere and all but there is one more thing you may need. You’re emerging from your luxurious bath after a long day of classes and something is missing…… a fluffy bath robe may do the trick. Lucky for you every year Riley Royals get custom robes fit for a King or Queen. Riley also has a huge Thanksgiving celebration every year. The purpose is for those who live far from home and are away from their first family can be with their Royal family. This takes places in the huge lounge that includes a big kitchen. The Riley team is counting down the days until they come together as the Royal family for the 2017-2018 year. For more information and to follow the Royals around this upcoming year find them on Instagram @rileyroyals, or join the Facebook group: Riley Hall 2017-2018

O’Regan Leopards

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Leopards, welcome to the jungle also known as O’Regan Hall. Rated the nicest residence in Canada in 2015 by Huffington Post, O’Regan offers the perfect balance of comfort and functionality, while maintaining a positive social atmosphere. Living in a house with little frosh gives upper year students a better chance to connect with old friends and to create so many new friendships throughout the year. Home to over 150 students there is always something going on in O’Regan. Whether it’s watching a movie in the Movie Room, working out in the gym, or cooking up a meal in one of the kitchens, O’Regan is fully equipped for all of your needs. A two second walk to the Sub and the Oland Center, you’re never far from any of the action on campus! After receiving your O’Regan Visor at the Visor Ceremony, you’re finally a Leopard and ready to take on all things O’Regan throughout the year. Like Christmas in O’Regan, an annually charity event, with treats, goodies and of course a visit by Santa himself! If this is your residence, join in on the fun by becoming a member of the O’Regan Facebook group: O’Regan 2017-2018

Key Figures in Residence

Hall Director: The Hall Director position is filled by an upper year student who works with Residence Life to provide leadership to students in residence. The HDs work with Residence Life Coordinators to oversee the Residence Life teams in each residence building. Through programming, supporting peers, and promoting the Community Code, Hall Directors play an important role in creating a positive living experience within the residence community.

This year’s HD for Riley Hall is Riley MacEachern !

This year’s HD for O’Regan Hall is Keegan Fitzgibbons!

Community Advisors: CAs, formerly known as Resident Assistants, live and work in all residences at StFX. With training provided by Residence Life, CAs are able to ensure that there is a safe and positive environment for all residents in the building. With daily interactions and availability, CAs provide residents with resources, information and assistance to ensure personal well-being in residence.

House President: The House President of each residence is a second year returning student. Working under the VP Residence Affairs in the Students’ Union, the House President provides leadership to residents by planning events, organizing initiatives such as fundraising, promoting house spirit, and holding house meetings for all residents.

This year’s HP for Riley Hall is Alex MacDonald!

This year’s HP for O’Regan Hall is Sadie Laurin!

Vice President: The House Vice President assists the House President as house leaders, providing a positive experience in residence through house events, house spirit, and other ways of connecting with residents. The House President and Vice President work frequently on campus initiatives with other residence leaders and Students’ Union figures.

This year’s VP for Riley Hall is Matthew Trnkus!

This year’s VP for O’Regan Hall is Owen Williams!

House Council: Students living in each residence have the opportunity to become a member on their residence’s house council. As a house council rep, residents will get to become more involved in their house’s affairs and make decisions in their area of focus. House council positions include activities rep, finance rep, health and wellness rep, communications rep, charity rep, equity and sustainability rep, and house spirit rep.

 

Your New Home: Cameron Hall

Friendly reminder: Welcome Day is only 36 days away!

Cameron Hall is the most historic residence at StFX. Comprised of an all-female residence, TNT, and two all-male residences, MacPherson and MacDonald, Cameron Hall has been an integral part of the StFX community since it opened in 1945. Situated on University Avenue by Morrison Hall and across from MacKinnon Hall, it is part of one of the liveliest areas on campus. The building’s location in lower campus makes it a convenient place to live on campus, although there are many other things that makes Cameron Hall a great choice for residence. Residents in Cameron Hall share their house spirit with the rest of StFX, and they look forward to house customs and events that make their residences unique. If you have been assigned a room in Cameron Hall next year, make sure to join the residence Facebook group! Cameron Hall 2017-2018

TNT Tigers

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Hello Baby Tigs and welcome to the reigning back-to-back House of the Year, TNT! The house contains close to 90 girls, and students who have the chance to live here get to have 90 new sisters! TNT is made up of two sides, Tompkins and Thompson, but they are united as one house. As one of three houses in Cameron Hall, TNT is located between MacPherson and MacDonald, whose residents will soon become some of your closest friends. Known as the Tigers, TNT residents are fiercely proud of their mascot, Tiger Tom, and love any opportunity to wear their house colours, purple and orange. You will especially need lots of purple and orange apparel in January for the House Hockey Cup game known around campus as TNT/Chillis. TNT shares a friendly rivalry with their neighbours across the street, the Chillis Chicks.

As the only two all-female residences on campus, this rivalry brings both houses together throughout the year for positive events such as pumpkin carving at Halloween. Residents in TNT show their Tiger spirit at events during Orientation Week, and at one of the most unique events at StFX, the TNT Haunted House. Organized every October as one of the biggest charity events on campus, residents transform Cameron Hall into a haunted house that brave students enter at their own risk. While residents are often divided as to who they will cheer for in the Cam Hall Cup between MacPherson and MacDonald, all residents come together to celebrate their love of TNT at the end of year event called Pail and Shovel. Whether you are entering your first year in TNT or are returning as a second year, you’ll be excited to meet new friends and start the best year of your life! Peace, love, TIGS!!!

MacPherson Mustangs

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MacPherson House is a residence built on positive rivalries, an inclusive atmosphere, an extremely welcoming feeling and a strong sense of pride. Located on the east side of Cam Hall, “MP” has an advantage of being the closest residence to Morrison Hall, also known as Meal Hall. The house is made up of a close group of guys who are lucky enough to build friendships that will last for a lifetime. MacPherson House is unique because it is a smaller residence with a rich history that current and former residents share. With MacPherson being a primarily double room residence, it offers a lot of social opportunities and a chance to bond with the guys. MacPherson House is unique because it is a smaller residence with a rich history that current and former residents share.

 

Showing their house spirit by donning their house colour of green, residents in MP bond over their love of hockey and anticipate one of the biggest events of the year in the House Hockey Cup tournament known as TriMac. Facing off against the other two all-male residences, MacPherson especially envies the chance to come out on top in the Cam Hall Cup against MacDonald House. While they share a fierce rivalry with MD, the two houses often come together in their shared love of Cameron Hall, especially to cheer on TNT in their House Hockey Cup.  All in all, MacPherson house is an extremely chill place to be on campus and it provides its residents with the experience that is unparalleled and unforgettable.

MacDonald Highlanders

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Located on the west side of Cam Hall is the unique and spirited MacDonald House, known throughout StFX as “MD”. While the physical appearance is far from being as glamorous as newer residences, the history and the community aspect of MacDonald make it an amazing house that incoming and future students want to be a part of. The friendships made between current and former residents, as well as the inclusive environment, create a residence experience that remains with Highlanders long after they leave StFX. As one of the smallest houses, MacDonald is a residence where all house members feel welcome and there is always an opportunity to spend time together.

 

Residents in MacDonald show their house spirit by wearing their house colours, red and black. MD is one of the most spirited residences during Orientation Week, and the house spirit continues throughout the year. The most anticipated event of the year is the House Hockey Cup tournament, Tri-Mac, or more specifically, the Cam Hall Cup. The infamous friendly battle between Cam Hall’s two male residences, MacDonald and MacPherson, comes temporarily to an end after one hockey game in March. All bragging rights and pride for a full year is determined through this game. Whether you’re a fan of hockey or not, it doesn’t matter. All school year the hype builds and everyone gets excited for the big game. Although Tri-Mac is only one of the many fantastic traditions of MacDonald, it is definitely the biggest within the residence.

Key Figures in Residence

Hall Director: The Hall Director position is filled by an upper year student who works with Residence Life to provide leadership to students in residence. The HDs work with Residence Life Coordinators to oversee the Residence Life teams in each residence building. Through programming, supporting peers, and promoting the Community Code, Hall Directors play an important role in creating a positive living experience within the residence community.

This year’s HD for MacKinnon Hall is Clancy McDaniel!

Community Advisors: CAs, formerly known as Resident Assistants, live and work in all residences at StFX. With training provided by Residence Life, CAs are able to ensure that there is a safe and positive environment for all residents in the building. With daily interactions and availability, CAs provide residents with resources, information and assistance to ensure personal well-being in residence.

House President: The House President of each residence is a second year returning student. Working under the VP Residence Affairs in the Students’ Union, the House President provides leadership to residents by planning events, organizing initiatives such as fundraising, promoting house spirit, and holding house meetings for all residents.

Since Cameron Hall has 3 different houses, that means three different HPs and three different VPs. This years HPs include:

Sam Bardwell – TNT
Lucas Donovan – MacPherson
Jonah Williams – MacDonald

Vice President: The House Vice President assists the House President as house leaders, providing a positive experience in residence through house events, house spirit, and other ways of connecting with residents. The House President and Vice President work frequently on campus initiatives with other residence leaders and Students’ Union figures.

This year’s VPs are:

Abi Kyte – TNT
Kyle McDonald – MacPherson
Colin MacDonald – MacDonald

House Council: Students living in each residence have the opportunity to become a member on their residence’s house council. As a house council rep, residents will get to become more involved in their house’s affairs and make decisions in their area of focus. House council positions include activities rep, finance rep, health and wellness rep, communications rep, charity rep, equity and sustainability rep, and house spirit rep.

Your New Home: MacKinnon Hall

Countdown update: Only 43 days until Welcome Day!

Congrats on being assigned a room in MacKinnon Hall! Located on University Avenue between Morrison Hall and the University Chapel, “MK Hall” is a building full of house spirit where residents will build strong bonds that will last throughout their time at StFX and long after graduation. Identical to the Cameron Hall residence building on the other side side of University Ave, MacKinnon Hall is home to the StFX business office and two residences, an all-female residence, Chillis, and an all-male residence, MacNeil. The residence buildings are traditional double rooms, and the friendly hallways of the building makes this residence a cozy and welcoming home for first year and second year students alike. If you’re living in MacKinnon Hall next year, make sure to join the residence Facebook group! MacKinnon Hall 2017-2018

Chillis Chicks

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Incoming Chicks, welcome to your new home, Chillis! Your house, Chillis, consists of 90 first and second year girls, who we can promise you will become your second family. Chillis is divided into two sides: Chisholm on the left and Gillis on the right. Chillis shares MacKinnon Hall with the all-male MacNeil House, and the two houses have unwavering support for each other throughout the year.  The house mascot is the beloved Tweety Bird, and the signature colors are yellow and royal blue. The Chicks are known for their friendliness and great personalities. One of the most spirited residences on campus, the Chicks cheer loud from Welcome Day to the end of the year.

 

A couple key events to look forward to while living in Chillis are MK Hall date night where every Chick gets paired with a Marauder and goes on a date to meal hall. Also, get excited to meet some of your best friends from other residences, with our fast friend’s event where you get to meet and get to know people in one minute. One of the main events of the year is the only girls House Hockey Cup on campus, Chillis/TNT (Cameron hall).  At the end of each year, residents get together for the Chillis Banquet, where house members acknowledge every chick and their time spent together. Even after leaving MacKinnon Hall, Chillis residents remain close and look forward to receiving X-Ring during their senior year. On X-Ring day, former residents return to Chillis and add their signatures on the beautiful Chillis mural to join those of the many chicks that came before them.

Get ready girls because once a chick, always a chick!

MacNeil Marauders

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MacNeil house is one of the two boys houses on campus that is still traditional, non co-ed residence. Established in 1950 and one of the oldest residences on campus, MacNeil has a long history of strong, vibrant culture that is fondly called “The Brotherhood”. One of the most unique things about MacNeil is that upper year students who have lived in the house in previous years generally stay connected to it. This is special because it eliminates the boundary between first year students who are new to the school and graduating students who are getting ready to leave X.

 

There is a powerful sense of community in this house that is a product of the relatively small size, a general team mentality, and a plethora of events and activities that are organized within the house. Whether it be through shared interests, bonding with their neighbours in Chillis, or spending time together at meal hall, the Marauders are known for being a close knit group. Students living in MacNeil can look forward to the TriMac House Hockey Cup between MacNeil, MacDonald, and MacPherson. There are also dodgeball games, community fundraising events like “Trick-or-Eat”, opportunities to connect with other residences through “Fast Friends”, and countless other activities designed to help students bond and thrive in their time at StFX.

Key Figures in Residence

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Hall Director: The Hall Director position is filled by an upper year student who works with Residence Life to provide leadership to students in residence. The HDs work with Residence Life Coordinators to oversee the Residence Life teams in each residence building. Through programming, supporting peers, and promoting the Community Code, Hall Directors play an important role in creating a positive living experience within the residence community.

This year’s HD for MacKinnon Hall is Kallie Ross!

Community Advisors: CAs, formerly known as Resident Assistants, live and work in all residences at StFX. With training provided by Residence Life, CAs are able to ensure that there is a safe and positive environment for all residents in the building. With daily interactions and availability, CAs provide residents with resources, information and assistance to ensure personal well-being in residence.

House President: The House President of each residence is a second year returning student. Working under the VP Residence Affairs in the Students’ Union, the House President provides leadership to residents by planning events, organizing initiatives such as fundraising, promoting house spirit, and holding house meetings for all residents.

This year’s HP for Chillis is Emma Kyte!

This year’s HP for MacNeil is Lucas Byl!

Vice President: The House Vice President assists the House President as house leaders, providing a positive experience in residence through house events, house spirit, and other ways of connecting with residents. The House President and Vice President work frequently on campus initiatives with other residence leaders and Students’ Union figures.

This year’s VP for Chillis is Chelsea Piper!

This year’s HP for MacNeil is Colin Glencross!

House Council: Students living in each residence have the opportunity to become a member on their residence’s house council. As a house council rep, residents will get to become more involved in their house’s affairs and make decisions in their area of focus. House council positions include activities rep, finance rep, health and wellness rep, communications rep, charity rep, equity and sustainability rep, and house spirit rep.