Weekly Briefs: Feb. 6 to 10

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Possible collaboration with CHSR-FM

Alex Nguyen, president of the St. Thomas University’s Students’ Union, said CHSR-FM reached out to the union to see how they can support the radio station and increase student engagement.

“We can potentially be partnering up with them for upcoming campaigns,” she said.

“I’m also going to put out an advertisement calling for closed societies because [CHSR’s] looking for cool studies to do podcasts and shows with them on radio.”

Nguyen suggested clubs such as the History Society or the Reconciliation Committee could collaborate with the campus-licensed radio station and put up shows highlighting those areas.

She also said this could bring local attention to certain topics of interest.

“I think that’s a good way to connect because I asked about their demographic, and they have a really broad demographic. They’re not limited to just students,” said Nguyen. 

Sex Week 

The St. Thomas University Students’ Union will host a series of events from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17 for the upcoming Sex Week in collaboration with AIDS New Brunswick and Sexual Violence New Brunswick, which aims to spread awareness about safe sex and boundaries.

Anahí Álvarez, STUSU’s vice president of student life, said she spoke to representatives of both organizations to brainstorm ideas for events.

“We were so excited. It was a great meeting,” she said, noting most events will educate people on safe sex, setting boundaries and consent.

Coldest Night of the Year

Stevie DeMerchant, Indigenous representative of the St. Thomas University’s Students’ Union, said the union donated $150 to the Coldest Night of the Year, a charity walk that fundraises money for local organizations combating cold and homelessness.

Spread the word if you can to committees, clubs and peers and don’t forget to sign up,” she said.

The event will take place on Feb. 25 and has already raised $48,309.

CASA, STUSU partnership

Wasiimah Joomun, the member relations officer at the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), was present at the St. Thomas University’s Students’ Union meeting.

She explained what CASA does as an organization and its commitment to hearing from unions like STUSU.

“We represent 23 members. We have seven board members that are elected and we are here to advocate for the students,” said Joomun.

It doesn’t matter if you’re representing 20,000 Students with 2,000 students; everyone around the decision-making table is equitable.