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UTSC community puts its name on ‘Our House.’

UTSC students can sign their name on a beam that will be used in the building of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. (Photo by Ken Jones)

UTSC students can sign their names and leave their legacy on a steel beam that will be used on the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre currently being built on campus.

At today’s kickoff event, Principal Franco Vaccarino, together with SCAA President Massih Bidhendi and SCSU President Sarah Worku, invited students, staff and alumni to celebrate the addition of this world-class athletics centre to the campus for which students passed a levy that will see their tuitions pay $30 million over about 25 years for the facility.

Joined by medal-winning swimmer and UTSC student Paige Schultz and John Kapageridis, a former SCAA president whose leadership was instrumental during the referendum, they wrote their names before turning the pen over to a large crowd waiting to do the same.

“Our students shared a dream that is changing our campus by making this world-class building possible,” said Vaccarino. “This building is your legacy and will have a profound impact on our campus, our university, our community and our city.”

The beam will be one of the last to be installed in the facility, which is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2014. It will be available to sign every day this week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Instructional Centre Atrium.

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