Plans drafted to fill vacated VPUR role and take on CUBES as a club
On Friday, Mar. 24, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) held a Board meeting in which they reviewed the results of the referendum held between Mar. 21 and 23, among other business. All of the CSU’s questions were approved by students during the three-day voting period. These questions included typing all CSU fees to CPI (Consumer Price Index), increasing the Student Union Building Levy, and the creation of three new fees for clubs and events, recreation and intramurals, and external advocacy. Following a discussion of the results, the board drafted plans to fill the role of VP University Relations and Services, vacated by Jullian Kolstee last month.
Women Students Liaison Emily Solomon presented planning tools for a self-defence workshop and a Sexual Violence and Misconduct (SVM) Information Works, which were both approved by the board.
Solomon stated that the self-defence workshop would include two separate sessions, one during a half block and another in the universal lunch hour. Accessibility Justice Coordinator Alysa Huppler-Poliak brought it to the board’s attention that there was enough money left in the budget to fund the workshop, so it would not be necessary to charge students a $5 attendance fee. Solomon explained that the fee was an accountability measure as there are limited spots, although she later moved to remove the $5 admission fee and replace it with an RSVP list. The SVM Information Works is a follow-up to the SVM Policy Consultation held at Capilano University on Feb. 9, which will centre on feedback received from students during the consultation. Stacey Forrester, who facilitated the Feb. 9 discussion, will also host the Information Works.
Senate Representative Michelle Gervais also announced that Monday through Thursday, the CSU would be launching Count Our Vote, where students would be encouraged to pledge to vote in the BC provincial election on May 9. VP Student Life Beatriz Miralles reminded everyone that De-Stress Week would be Mar. 27 to 30, including an art corner, yoga, massages and puppy therapy, as well as a screening of the film That’s Just Crazy Talk in the Nat and Flora Bosa Theatre on Wednesday, Mar. 29.
In other business, the board discussed filling Kolstee’s vacated role as the VP University Relations, despite the fact that the position will no longer exist next year. The position will be replaced with the VP Academic and the VP Finance and Services, which have been filled by Andrew Willis and Perry Safari respectively. The current term still has two months remaining. The board voted to allow internal nominations for a period of 10 business days and to appoint a new VP University Relations and Services at their next board meeting on Apr. 7 and provide the appointed VP University Relations and Services anti-opression training within a one-month period.
Finally, Business and Professional Studies Faculty Representative Marissa LeSire announced that the CSU is in the process of taking the Capilano University Business Enterprise of Students (CUBES) on as a club due to cuts to their funding. President and VP External Sacha Fabry proposed forming a negotiating committee including members of both the CSU and CUBES. An email was later to be sent out to members of both organizations inviting them to submit nominations that the CSU executives would consider.
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