The Cadre celebrates refreshed office space

UPEI’s Annual Fund turns idea into reality for student news outlet
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
UPEI Student Union Vice-President Finance Will McGuigan, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Engagement Myrtle Jenkins-Smith, former Cadre Editor-in-Chief Lorelei Kenny, President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz

Students, faculty, and staff gathered on January 10 to celebrate the newly refreshed office of The Cadre, a UPEI-student-run online news publication. Third-year Arts student Lorelei Kenny, former editor-in-chief, led the initiative to revitalize the space by applying to the Annual Fund Projects Program, which has supported renovation projects in the past like the W.A. Murphy Student Centre Credit Union Day Lounge and the Dawson Lounge in SDU Main Building.

Kenny took a few moments to reflect on the months of planning, hard work, and collaboration required to rejuvenate the space, and acknowledged a long list of people who played a role in realizing the project.

“There are so many people to thank for the success of this project,” said Kenny. “But most importantly I would like to acknowledge the generous alumni and friends of the University who contribute to the annual fund so that ideas like this can become a reality.”

Before the office was refreshed, the space was furnished with odds and ends accumulated over decades by students working for The Cadre. Kenny credits her predecessor, Elizabeth Iwunwa, for the initial cleanup and sorting through the clutter. With the help of many hands, the office was transformed into an inviting and professional space where the editorial staff can write, collaborate, and conduct interviews.

UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz attended the open house and was a part of the committee that reviewed the initial application for funding. “The Cadre is an important part of the campus community. Over the years, their articles have captured stories on our campus, shed light on important issues, and pushed our community to reflect and be better. I am so pleased to see the transformation to this space and I know it will benefit our students for years to come.”

Dana Kenny
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