Weekly Briefs March 23-27

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Increase in New Brunswick Students’ Alliance Fee

Last weekend the St. Thomas University Students’ Union executive team went to the New Brunswick Students’ Alliance annual general meeting in Saint John. During the meeting, the board approved a $1 per student fee increase to avoid a deficit like they had this year, and to increase marketing aimed at making themselves move visible on New Brunswick Campuses. They also want to make sure there are funds for a Get out the Vote campaign, which is a campaign aimed at increasing voter turnout on New Brunswick campuses.

Emergency bursary for students in need

The students’ union is reminding students that there are emergency funds available for students who find themselves in financial need during the COVID-19 pandemic and the abrupt closure of campus. The application form can be found here, and then emailed to su_ebursary@stu.ca.

Advocacy month cancelled

St. Thomas University Students’ Union vice-president education, Ailish Mackenzie-Foley, made the decision to cancel the remainder of Advocacy Month which was supposed to take place from March 10 to April 3. The decision was made because she felt it was insensitive to continue with the campaign and because all university event spaces are closed.

Spring convocation postponed

Grad class president Bri Durrant said with the postponement of convocation she is looking at other ways to help graduates feel like they’re together during this time.

Funding approved for new organization Venezuela 180

Venezuela 180 is a returning organization on campus aimed at helping people in Venezuela who are suffering from lacking basic needs and money for medical expenses. The Student Representative Council approved funding for $600 toward medical treatment for a child and supplies to increase their presence on campus.