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Students at Laurentian University unveiled a new sculpture on Wednesday that represents their commitment to environmental sustainability and renewal for the university, which has faced several challenges since filing for bankruptcy in 2021.

“To me, this event means showing the importance of environmental sustainability on campus,” said Avery Morin, president of the Laurentian Students General Association, which co-hosted the unveiling.

“There have been programs that are no longer around, but our school is still committed to environmental sustainability.”

In April 2021, Laurentians cut 69 programs due to its bankruptcy. The University of Sudbury, Ont., School of the Environment was one of the casualties of those cuts.

Matthew Rennie, a third year restorative biology student at the Laurentian, said it was nice to see the symbolic commitment to the environment and renewal at the Laurentians.

Rainey is also a member of the university’s environmental committee, which co-hosted the event.

He said his program was canceled last year with cuts, but he and another student were able to complete their studies at Laurentian.

“We’re allowed to stay, we’re gonna put it out there,” he said.

“Hopefully Laurentian will come up with an idea to bring back some of the environment (the program).”

John Gunn, director of the Laurentian Living with Lakes Center, said the new sculpture marks a turning point for the university.

A man holding a glass of water and a muffin.
John Gunn, director of the Laurentian Living with Lakes Center, holds a glass of water from Ramsey Lake and a muffin made from local blueberries at an event unveiling a new sculpture on campus. (Assurance Contractor/CBC)

“After the financial collapse and after all the COVID problems, students are taking things into their own hands and they are unveiling an image for the future,” he said.

“And it’s a beautiful new logo of trees pushing upward through the rock, very symbolic of renewal and northern Ontario.”

Gunn said he looks forward to a bright future for environmental studies in Laurentians that draws on the city’s heritage of heritage.

The event to unveil the sculpture included video addresses from author Margaret Atwood, who congratulated the students and designer Bruce Maui.

Mau will work with students from Laurentian’s McEwen School of Architecture to design a lookout pavilion and updated arboretum located near the sculpture.

They will serve as places to look out over nearby Ramsey Lake and for graduate students to take convocation photos.

Tammy Gabor, director of the McEwen School of Education, said, “We are very excited to design something that is really going to be a place of learning, that can spread the knowledge that we have created to allow more to happen. What have you done?” Architecture.


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