Weekly Briefs: Nov. 26-30, 2018

Two clubs given ratified status 

Two clubs have been given ratified status by the governance committee: the Queer and Allied People Society and the UNB Ski and Snowboard Club.

Q&A hasn’t been operating since March 2018 because they didn’t finish the end-of-term elections. As a ratified club, Q&A aims to continue providing support, education, advocacy and resources for all students at STU, including those part of the LGBTQ community. Anyone is welcome to join.

According to Sara Nason, St. Thomas University Students’ Union sexuality and gender diversity representative, the executives are in the process of deciding when their meeting times will be. Katrina Amos and Steven Greer are the co-chairs. AJ Ripley is the faculty advisor.

The UNB Ski and Snowboard Club wants to provide University of New Brunswick and STU students an affordable way to stay active through skiing and snowboarding. Full-time undergraduate UNB and STU students are welcome to join. There may be a fee to join. According to the club’s constitution, the amount has yet to be determined. Ryan Roy is the president of the club and Brianna McQuillan is the vice-president.

LGBTQIA+ resource advisor returns 

Erin Fredericks, a sociology professor and the LGBTQIA+ resource advisor for STU, had to leave for medical reasons mid-way through the semester. During her absence, the LGBTQIA+ advisor position wasn’t filled. According to Nason, Fredericks will be returning for second semester.

“That position will come back to STU, which is good because I know that a lot of queer students here at STU do rely on Erin quite a bit when they have struggles,” said Nason.

Self-care packages

The STUSU mental health committee spoke with peer mental health educators about creating self-care packages that will be distributed in James Dunn Hall on Dec. 5.

Packages will include pens, chapstick, mental health resource information, candy, inspirational and uplifting quotes and trinkets.

Clothing swap

The University of New Brunswick will be hosting a clothing swap on Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second floor of Marshall D’Avray Hall.

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