Weekly Briefs: Feb. 28 – March 20

(Caitlin Dutt/AQ)

Free Community Food Smart bags for all

Victoria Young, St. Thomas University Students’ Union vice-president student life, said she had a meeting with the campus food bank committee where STUSU received a grant from Greater Fredericton Social Innovation and Agriculture Canada. The grant offered STUSU over $1,000 to be distributed to the campus food bank committee. With this donation, it was decided that Community Food Smart bags will be free for the month of April for all students who would like to get a bag of produce from local Canadian farmers.

Since each produce bag costs $15, the rest of the funds will go towards grocery gift cards for students in need in the community.

Potential grad class dinner

Tory Desroche, St. Thomas University’s grad class president, said there’s a possibility of a grad class dinner. Desroche said this dinner is usually hosted by Aramark. The dinner is not yet confirmed.

Hybrid learning roundtable event

Julia Evans, St. Thomas University Students’ Union at-large representative, said the roundtable event she’s been working on with STUSU vice-president education, Sydona Chandon, will happen this week.

Students can attend the event on March 23 at 7 p.m. in Margaret Norrie McCain Hall room 203 to share their concerns.

Recent election discussion

After the St. Thomas University Students’ Union members presented their weekly reports, students came forward with their concerns about the recent election, where some graduating students were unable to vote for the valedictorian position.

STUSU meetings have a time limit of two hours, but when the discussion continued, Kryssonia Wedderburn, STUSU’s chair, called for a vote to pass a motion to extend the meeting by an hour and a half, ending at 8:40 p.m. The motion was passed.

Later in the meeting, all STUSU members went into an in-camera session where attending students and The Aquinian could not join. The in-camera session was to confirm whether the appeal submitted by a student regarding the election was sent within the three-day limit. Ty MaGee, STUSU’s president, said during the in-camera session, it was deemed that the appeal concerning the results of the election was satisfied.

This concern will go to the appellate board, where the board will independently decide whether or not the election results should be voided. If the board decides the election will be voided, a nomination period will be called and it will be run as a new election.

STUSU passed a motion to nominate Jason O’Hearn and STUSU’s international student representative Sony Phung as associate appeal officers on the appellate board. STUSU’s recording secretary Minahill Fatima will also be the recording secretary on the appellate board.

The appellate board has 10 business days to make the decision and if the decision is made before the 10-day period, the nomination period will open with the by-election for the vice-president administration position which starts on March 28.

The Aquinian will publish a full story on March 27 regarding the recent election and the inability of some students to vote.