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Students Denied Prayer Space Request in EV Building
by Meagan Wohlberg
Muslim grad students looking for a space to pray in Concordia's EV building have been told they will have to continue their frequent jaunts to the Hall building due to an issue of space allocation.
Robin Drew, the dean of engineering and computer science, rejected the request made by at least 20 grad students, teaching assistants and research assistants to access a currently unoccupied "special projects room" on the fifteenth floor of the EV building four times a day for prayer.
In an e-mail response to the request put forth by the GSA, Drew wrote that while "sympathetic" to the students' needs, the EV building was "built to be used exclusively as a research and teaching building" with no space to be used for student activities.
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