Senate briefs – Nov. 23

    (Aaron Sousa/AQ)

    Class slots and schedules 

    Philosophy professor Matte Robinson suggested increasing 120-minute slots on Tuesdays and Thursdays due to high demand within his department.

    Karen Preston, Registrar secretary, said she would circulate the time slots from classes to the senate so that everyone could give suggestions on how to “solve this puzzle.”

    She said there are afternoon and evening seminar slots available, which last three hours, but that they are not the most attractive for students.

    Disputed room at Holy Cross Hall

    Shaun Narine, professor of international relations, said his department has been using Holy Cross Hall room 208 for 21 years for smaller reunions with students and other professors. 

    However, he received a message from the university that, moving forward, the room would be exclusively for Moot court. He said he wrote to the institution and received no answer. 

    “This room has been very convenient and very useful to every department in the building,” he said. “I’d like to know why there was no consultation with people in the building who’ve been using this.”

    Narine added that he “has no problem with Moot” and is more than willing to share the space. 

    Robinson agreed with Narine, noting he also uses the room with his department. He mentioned that he uses the room officially around two times a month, but he will also let students take exams in it. 

    Amanda DiPaolo, human rights professor in charge of Moot court, said the room could also be shared with the departments. 

    President’s report

    Narine said previous STU presidents have used much of their time trying to convince the government to change their formula of how they assign annual grants, but his department advises current president Nauman Farooqi “not to waste his time.”

    Farooqi said he is building relationships with the government and even met with the premier on Nov. 9. However, he was “not holding his breath” on any changes from the province, rather focusing on moving forward. 

    “I’m not holding my breath in terms of getting a big fat check from the government. We have to rely on opportunities,” he said.