The XU Magis Student Complex
Xavier University’s Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin recently laid down the time capsule at the grounds of XU to initiate the groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Magis Student Complex. Aside from Fr. Jett, other officials and student leaders of the university also witnessed the event along with the education supervisor of ChEd (Commission on Higer Education), John A Banaynal; Cagayan de Oro City’s vice mayor, Caesar Ian Acenas, as well as Councilor Alden Bacal. The ceremony was held last September 8, 2010.
The main highlight of the ceremony was the laying down of the time capsule, along with a petition written by Malcolm Flores, an Ateneo student and member of the Atenista Ako Movement.
This new structure will be built within the school’s main campus in Corrales Street. The Magis Student Complex will be constructed right at the school’s old canteen, in front of the Student Center Building and between the Social Sciences and Agriculture buildings. Once the structure is completed, the Magis Student Complex will be a 2-storey building that comes with a multi-purpose rooftop, where students and teachers can hold various types of activities and programs.
The entire student complex is particularly built to house several of the school’s extra-curricular and co-curricular organizations. Aside from the organizations, it will also house various offices including the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office or the Sacdev, the Office of Student Affairs, as well as the Sacdev Volunteer Center.
A certain area of the building will also serve as the school’s permanent canteen. While waiting for the building to be completed, though, the school has set up several temporary eating areas and canteens between the Engineering and Nursing Building, and another one between the school gymnasium and the Student Center Building. The canteen will be moved to the new building after its completion, in order to comply with the set standards of the Philippine Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (better known as PAASCU).
Given that the entire construction period goes smoothly or as planned, the Magis Student Complex should be done around May to June 2011, which definitely gives students and teachers something to look forward to.
-Mara Jayne Tismo-
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