Transgender Day of Remembrance
St. Thomas University Students’ Union president Tyler MaGee said the University of New Brunswick’s 203 Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity reached out to STUSU to co-host the Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony. The ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Kinsella Auditorium, located in STU’s Margaret Norrie McCain Hall. There will be faculty and students speaking, as well as STUSU, the UNB students’ union and the 203 Centre. There will also be a candlelit vigil.
“I’m happy to announce that STU will be lowering the pride flag and the university flag to half-mast on that day to recognize transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who have lost their lives due to their orientations,” said MaGee.
MaGee said it’s a sombre topic, but the recognition from the university and organizations is heartwarming.
STUISA Winter Warm Up clothing drive
The St. Thomas University International Students’ Association hosts the Winter Warm Up event every year. STU Students’ Union vice president administration Alex Nguyen said this event will happen at the end of October. More information to come.
“I highly encourage everyone, if you can, to donate gently used winter items like coats, jackets, blankets, etc,” said Nguyen.
Items can be dropped off in George Martin Hall room 311.
Upcoming NBSA advocacy week
St. Thomas University Students’ Union president Tyler MaGee spoke for vice president education Sydona Chandon who could not attend the meeting. MaGee said Chandon had a meeting with the New Brunswick Student Alliance about the upcoming advocacy week. A list of six priorities will be brought forward which include tuition funding, equity, diversity, inclusion, mental health and campus sexual violence.
St. Thomas University Students’ Union vice president student life Victoria Young said the University of New Brunswick Student Union Building can’t be used for a STU merchandise ballroom event this year due to their closing time and capacity limitations. Young said she is looking to have the event at Klub Khrome instead.
Trick or Eat
St. Thomas University Students’ Union vice president student life Victoria Young said the annual Trick or Eat event will be happening on Oct. 31. Students can meet in Sir James Dunn Hall at 6:00 p.m. to join STUSU in trick-or-treating for perishable goods.
Haunted House cancelled
St. Thomas University Students’ Union grad class president Tory Desroche said the haunted house event they were planning was cancelled. She said a lot of people had concerns regarding COVID-19 and it was difficult to receive approval.
St. Thomas Student Reconciliation Committee book club
St. Thomas University Students’ Union Indigenous student representative Stevie DeMerchant said the registration for the committee’s student-led book club will open soon. The books have also been ordered.
St. Thomas Student Reconciliation Committee social media initiative
St. Thomas University Students’ Union Indigenous student representative Stevie DeMerchant said the St. Thomas Student Reconciliation Committee is starting a Fun Fact Friday via their Instagram page, @stu_reconciliation. The initiative is for students to have more ways to learn about Indigenous history and culture.
Removal of the yearbook committee chair
The yearbook committee chair position was removed from the SRC Committee’s Operation Policy. St. Thomas University Students’ Union vice president administration Alex Nguyen said it is now five years since the position was last filled.