Weekly Briefs: Sep. 9-13, 2019

    Volunteers needed

    Matthew Oram, vice president administration of the St. Thomas University Students’ Union, said the student advisory committee is looking for volunteers. The committee helps students understand university policies and procedures. Interested applicants can contact him at su_vpadmin@stu.ca.

    The Help Desk still needs volunteers for the year. Students who are interested can reach out to the vice president student life, Sarah Kohut, at su_vpsl@stu.ca, or Sam Arthurs, the Help Desk Coordinator.

    Clubs and societies constitutions

    Oram received an amended constitution from Global Brigades, a new constitution from the STU Mental Health Society, a proposed constitution from the Investment Club and is waiting on an amended constitution from the Sustainability Club.

    By-law adjustments

    The STUSU has amended the section of its by-law that concerns referendums. Vice president administration, Matthew Oram, said it has been done to make it more formal.

    Sexuality and gender diversity Facebook page and upcoming initiatives

    Tyler McGee, the sexuality and gender diversity representative for the St. Thomas University Students’ Union, created a Facebook page, Sexuality and Gender Diversity – STUSU to “provide an avenue for students to connect LGBTQ+ resources on campus along with different events and updates.”

    McGee said professor Erin Fredericks, a known LGBTQ+ ally on campus, is looking to create an LQBTQ+ peer support initiative through the Peer Mentoring program.

    He added the Q&A won’t be operating for the beginning of the year. McGee didn’t provide reasons.

    Get out the vote campaign

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations’ Get Out The Vote campaign launched on Sept. 4. and plans to engage post-secondary students across Canada with the federal election and mobilize them to vote. The STUSU has GOTV tables at James Dunn Hall every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for students to pledge to vote, which means a student says they are going to vote.

    Vice-president education Ailish MacKenzie-Foley said international students can pledge too, and it’s important that students on campus pledge because CASA will bring pledge numbers to the new federal government in February to advocate for post-secondary issues.

    Upcoming events and initiatives

    The off-campus representatives are planning a pumpkin carving night for Halloween.

    Husoni Raymond, president of the St. Thomas University Students’ Union, said he met with a student to look at creating a sustainability representative position on the student representative council. 

    The STUSU is looking at doing a blanket exercise on campus to promote reconciliation. It is also planning what to do for Orange Shirt Day.

    Raymond will be volunteering at the 203 Centre in the University of New Brunswick’s Students’ Union Building.