VP of Student Life: De-Stress Week providing massages, ‘Rock the Boat’ to have “party buses”
On Friday, Mar. 10, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) held its first board meeting in almost a month after the previous one, scheduled for Feb. 24, was cancelled due to a lack of quorum. Notably, this was also the first meeting to be conducted since the resignation of former VP of University Relations Jullian Kolstee. The VP of University Relations’ duties have since been assumed by CSU President and VP of External Relations Sacha Fabry, in an unofficial capacity. Among the business discussed at the meeting included the CSU’s Spring Appreciation and Spring Semester De-Stress week.
In his report to the board, Fabry thanked the board for their enthusiasm regarding the launch of their “Yes Campaign.” He announced that the CSU’s promotional video for the campaign will be released on Monday. Also conveyed to the board by Fabry included news that candidate nominations for the upcoming CSU General Election have been received for all positions, meaning that the organization most likely won’t have to fill vacant seats through appointments or by-elections. This is, of course, notwithstanding any resignations between the post-election period and the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.
Later in the meeting, VP of Student Life, Beatriz Miralles, filled the board in on Rock the Boat and progress regarding its planning. Miralles was excited to announce the booking of three shuttles, which she described as “party buses.”
Miralles also used her report to discuss specifics around the spring semester’s De-Stress Week. She announced that there will be no ball pit during the week long event. However, the CSU will be hiring massage therapists to provide students with massages. De-Stress Week as a whole will cost $2,900 to administer, with massages constituting a large portion of that at $1,800. Miralles stressed that the cost of masseuses was discretionary, as she is still waiting on possible $900 sponsorship from Student Care, the country’s largest provider of student union medical plans. This would cut the cost of hiring masseuses in half. De-Stress Week’s planning tool was approved with widespread support.
Shortly after, the CSU discussed and approved the planning tool for their Spring Appreciation. In December, the CSU hosted their Fall Appreciation at the Improv Centre, the home of the Vancouver Theatre Sports League (VTSL). It featured catering and a performance from VTSL improvisers, and is intended to serve as a “thank you” to volunteers, staff, administrators in frequent collaboration with the organization, and all other members of the campus community who work with the CSU to support their members.
Towards the end of the meeting, the CSU also weighed options as to how to replace the vacant VP of University Relations and Services position for the remainder of the year. As explained earlier, President Fabry has been handling many of the files that concern both the Administration and the CSU. Fabry provided the board with three courses of action as to how to proceed. Keeping things as they are now, with him “holding down the fort” for the next two weeks at no extra pay until a new VP of University Relations is elected in late March, appointing an existing Board of Directors member to the role, or filling the position with any member of the society, which can be done per the CSU’s Emergency Succession Rules. The board decided to proceed as is, with Fabry continuing to handle VP of University Relations issues in addition to his role as President and VP External.
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