Weekly Briefs: Oct. 22-26, 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week

A mental health awareness week will be on campus from Nov. 26-30 in preparation for exam season. Kelly Humber Kelly will be leading the activities, which will include massages, workshops with a learning strategist, meditation and more.

Campus health care plan 

Husoni Raymond, St. Thomas University Students’ Union vice-president administration, spoke with Campus Trust about last years’ health care plan usage. 73.5 per cent of the plan was used for prescription drugs, mainly birth control. 7 per cent was for counselling and 5.2 per cent was for eyewear —which provides coverage of $150 every two years.

Liaison between SRC and women’s centre appointed

Sarah Kohut, STUSU’s social inclusion representative was appointed the liaison position between the student representative council and the women’s centre at the University of New Brunswick. She will not be on the Board of Directors for the centre, but will attend the meetings to keep the SRC updated on what the centre is doing. She will also relay how STU students can get involved.

“I think it would tie really nicely into the position that I already have … the icing on the cake is I’m passionate about women’s rights and equality,” Kohut said.

Kindness Week

A kindness initiative being put on by the Fredericton Community Foundation may be coming to campus during reading week. Emma Walsh, STUSU’s vice-president education said she wants to find ways for students to interact with each other off-campus during the break. There will be a social media component to keep students up-to-date.

“We have some fun ideas and we’ll see if we can flush some of them out in time,” said Walsh.

Moot court funding approved

An academic assistance application submitted by Kelly Brennan, a member of moot court, for $2,400 was approved. This funding will cover some registration and food costs for members. The registration fee is $125 per team, and there are 10 teams. The trip total is $31,659.40. The student representative council approved the funding, but had three voting abstentions due to a conflict of interest from Brianna Workman, Husoni Raymond and Emma Walsh, who are involved in moot court.

“I think we should move forward with this, it works out to be $100 a student … this is something that STU has participated in before and it has seen a lot of success, so I think this is a worthy initiative”, said Anisha Romany, STU’s Grad Class President.

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