Health plan update
Vice-president administration Philippe Ferland said changes to St. Thomas University’s student health plan were discussed at a conference last weekend.
A new abortion pill, Mifegymiso, has been approved to be covered on STU’s health plan as soon as it becomes available to the public.
An increase in coverage options for students is being looked into so students make more use of the health coverage offered by the university. An increase in fees for the health and dental plan is also being considered.
A full story on these changes will appear in the next issue of The Aquinian.
International Opportunities Fair
Vice-president education Sam Titus confirmed the International Opportunities Fair will take place on Feb. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in James Dunn Hall. As of now, 11 people from the university such as professors who offer travel programs, students who have been on an exchange and other experts from the area are planning to set up in the cafeteria. They will provide information to students so they can, as Titus said, “get a sense of really cool international opportunities.”
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week has been rescheduled for Feb. 13 to 17.
Brianna Matchett, vice-president student life, said activities planned for the week include a songs and stories coffee house on Feb. 13, as well as free massages, a dance workshop, a gratitude and thank-you cards session and mental health trivia.
There will also be an opportunity for student consultations with student services regarding the peer-support model for the university’s upcoming mental-health centre.
Unofficial first-year committee looking for members
Titus said a Facebook group has been created with all vice-president externals from STU residences, calling for them to add those interested in sitting on a first-year committee.
Rather than officially electing a first-year representative, STUSU is allotting the new “sub-committee” of first years to internally elect an unofficial liason to the students’ union. The committee is open to anyone in first year.