STUSU Briefs – Oct. 23

New campaigns in the works

STUSU president Santiago Chavez announced three charity events coming to campus at Thursday’s Student Representative Council meeting. Member at large Robert McMichael has taken control of Movember fundraising at the school, which begins Nov. 1. STUSU is also looking for donations for a charity auction coming to St. Thomas campus Oct. 30 as part of the United Way Campaign. In unofficial STUSU business, Chavez has started to help the Canadian Cancer Society organize its STU Relay for Life event, tentatively set for March 14.

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New Brunswick Student Alliance update

New Brunswick Student Alliance executive director Pat Joyce was on hand at Thursday’s meeting in part to outline the alliance’s lobbying goals for the new academic year towards the new provincial government. Those include upholding four-year funding forecast and tuition freeze until the provincial operating grant matches the median national grants, continuing to lobby for mental health initiatives on campus, and eliminating student loan earnings assessments.

“We think that students who earn money should have control over their money,” Joyce said.

The alliance, which lobbies the provincial government on behalf of the province’s student unions, also hopes to see more graduates come out of school with employable skills via co-op programs and other real-world work.

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Club constitutions approved

Vice President Administration Ben Graham gave notice his governance committee approved amended constitutions for the STU Anthropology Society, STU Sustainability and the UNB/STU Swing Dance Club. New club Mercy Ships STU, which aims to raise funds to supply a hospital ship with medical materials and raise awareness of those with limited access to medical resources, was ratified for the first time.

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