Environmental speaker series
The Students for Sustainability club is working on developing an environmental speaker series on campus. They’re in the process of finding speakers.
The club is hoping to organize a sustainability conference for Atlantic post-secondary students to attend in the next school year.
Graci Young, St. Thomas University Students’ Union first-year liaison, is hoping to organize a free self-defence course for first-year students on campus. She’s been in contact with a person to teach the course but has yet to find a venue.
Brianna Workman, president of STUSU, suggested she contact Mike Eagles, the director of athletics, to see if it could be hosted at the J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre.
Katrina Amos, off-campus representative for STUSU, is looking to find ways for off-campus students to get outside and be active. The off-campus committee is planning on organizing a trip to Mactaquac Provincial park, where cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat bikes are offered.
“That’s just to get everyone outside and a little bit active, where no one is in January usually,” said Amos.
The committee is also organizing a step-a-thon in February. Students can compete using their Fitbits and phone apps to track their steps. The student who gets the most would receive a gift card or other prize.
Long Night Against Procrastination expands
This year’s Long Night Against Procrastination will take place in James Dunn Hall and George Martin Hall on March 14 from 5 p.m. to midnight. JDH will be used for those who wish to have background noise and a more social environment while they work. GMH will be a quiet space. They are hoping 750 students attend this year, increasing from 500 last year.
The sexual assault prevention committee is hosting a panel on consent on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. The venue is yet to be determined. Professor Carla O’Regan will take a break from her sabbatical to sit on the panel, along with someone from the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre. They will discuss consent, its legal meaning and reporting sexual assault.
The mental health committee has organized a panel for Feb. 13. The panel will discuss mental health and how mental illness can affect anyone. Confirmed panelists include Manuel Garcia, the president of St. Thomas University International Student Association; Kelly Humber-Kelly, STU’s mental health coordinator; and Sara Nason, the sexuality and gender diversity representative for STUSU. The committee is hoping to also confirm a faculty member.
Student reps on reconciliation committee
At the Senate meeting on Jan. 17, fifth-year student Logan Perley and fourth-year student Alexa Metallic were appointed to the Senate Committee on Reconciliation as student representatives.