Weekly Briefs: Nov. 12-16, 2018

Volunteers needed

The 203 Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity in the Student Union Building is seeking volunteers. Students interested can contact Sarah Kohut, St. Thomas University Students’ Union’s social inclusion representative or the centre.

The centre is also looking for donations of essentials like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair brushes, mittens, hats, pyjamas and more to create care packages to give to Grace House for Women and Gignoo Transition House. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 12.

NBSA hiring assistant 

The New Brunswick Student Alliance is looking to hire an advocacy week planning and research assistant. This is a 12-week full-time contract position starting in 2019.

“It’s basically helping us plan our advocacy week and finish up the research,” said Brianna Workman, the president of STUSU.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.

Funding information received

St. Thomas University has received the organized information regarding government funding, excluding operating grants, of the three other publically-funded universities in New Brunswick after submitting a Right to Information request to the Liberal government in February. STU hoped the information provided would prove an imbalance in funding.

After receiving inadequate information, STU took the government to court in the summer. A new court date was set for Nov. 1, but the university was given sufficient information ahead of the court appearance.

“With that looming deadline, [the government] decided to provide us with some coherent material. It does have some helpful new material in it, that we hope will help us in our arguments with the government for equity,” said President Dawn Russell said at Senate on Nov. 15.

Yellow Box opportunity

The Yellow Box Theatre is looking for art submissions to feature in their second annual student exhibition on Jan. 4, 2019 and Feb. 22, 2019.

Any undergraduate student may submit any art installations that feature “a variety of fibre, textiles, print-making, paper and assemblage techniques as a primary mode of expression. Submissions of non-woven fibre processes such as felt making, needlework and sewing, along with techniques such as décollage, collage and photographic transfer are encouraged,” according to an email sent by the Yellow Box Theatre.

Performances are also eligible to be picked, and these may include collaboration and participation from non-students.

New courses

Two new courses were approved for the following academic year. ENGL-1203: Introduction to Film Studies, taught by dean of humanities André Loiselle and HIST-2123: Introduction to Food and World History.

Mental health partnership

The National Advocacy Committee, part of Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, has formed an official partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada for their #StudentsLetsAct campaign.

“I’m very, very grateful for that opportunity because that has expanded the scope of the mental health campaign that we are currently working on,” said Emma Walsh, St. Thomas University Students’ Union vice-president education.


Husoni Raymond, STUSU vice-president administration, had a meeting with CampusVibe – an online platform where students can join clubs, student organizations and keep up-to- date with events and activities. Through CampusVibe, presidents of STU clubs can send mass emails to those who have joined. Clubs can also apply for recognized and ratified status, as well as funding through this platform.