It’s no small task to get all the information straight about the saga surrounding the major changes proposed to Lister Centre. As the U of A’s largest residence with decades of established history and tradition behind it, the announcement that three of its four towers would be transformed into a first-year residence was a shock to the residence and university communities as a whole, and additional changes to staffing structure and alcohol policy sparked debate in residence, on Students’ Council and throughout campus and the city.
To help make sense of the key players, issues and events of the Lister changes, The Gateway offers a recap of the situation and some more detailed information from documents we obtained through a Freedom of Information request that shed light on how the decisions to implement the changes were made.
Readers can examine the Lister First Year Residence document for themselves. The Gateway provides the document almost entirely as it received it, but has removed a handwritten note on page eight, as well as details of the the YouTube videos in order to protect individuals. The several missing or out of place pages are as the document was received.
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