Board of Directors meeting
On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) had its Board of Directors meeting. After a brief introduction, Capilano University president Kris Bulcroft addressed the Board. At the end of 2016, Bulcroft will step down as president of the University. “Cap deserves to have a president who has the stamina it takes,” she said, before speaking of her time at CapU.
The newly elected faculty and student liaison representatives were at last introduced to the CSU’s Board of Directors. It was only two weeks ago that the student body elected the representatives and liaisons, and a number of issues were raised on the matter of voting. Voter turnout for the CSU by-elections was low by all standards, and the matter of identification was raised. A number of ballots were cast where students had voted for candidates in all areas, including those they did not identify with. Board of Governors and Senate representative Rhita Hassar suggested that as a student body, it is only right that no one is exempt from voting due to the ethnic group or gender they identify with.
The Board of Directors also discussed the upcoming U-Pass referendum, where students will be able to decide whether CapU will remain on the roster to receive transportation discounts or to separate. In the past when similar referendums have been held, the student body approved the continuation of the U-Pass, though perhaps with the adoption of the Compass Card, opinions will have changed. Currently, the U-Pass costs students $38.00 per month, if students opt to continue with the U-Pass program, prices will be raised to $39.50 per month as of May 2016, and to $41.00 per month as of May 2017.
Vice president of Student Life, Kate Phifer, summarized her report on the success of various campus events, including the CSU’s red carpet film festival held on Oct. 8. Phifer has proposed the de-stress week, where for the last week of November, the Student Life Committee will organize a variety of events across campus to promote relaxation and de-stressing as students head into their finals. The week’s activities will include dog therapy, musical therapy and art therapy, courtesy of CapU’s IDEA students, as well as a Pie Your Prof event and an air band in conjunction with United Way.
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