So yesterday we had a very exciting USC meeting!! Before the meeting it seemed like every councilor was tweeting about the grueling 12 motions to debate, but due to the USC’s new governance structure these were debated efficiently and the meeting was adjourned by 10pm!
The agenda can be found here.
There were (as expected), several announcements from councilors!
- The White Ribbon Campaign will be happening next week.
As you may or may not know, the white ribbon campaign began in 1991 by a group of men in the hopes of ending men’s violence towards women. Earlier this month, Michael Kaufman, a co-founder of Canada’s white ribbon campaign came to UWO to speak about the cause. This campaign was originally dedicated to the female engineering students murdered in Montreal in 1989 and this is still a major component of the week.
Look out for informational sessions in the UCC, pledge murals, movies at 2:30 in the McKellar room and white ribbons tied around trees during the week.
A Montreal Massacre commemoration will be held on Thursday December 2nd in the UCC atrium at 1pm. Similar commemorations will be held at Brescia and the faculty of Engineering on Monday, December 6th.
- Huron fashion show will be this Friday, November 26th at 8:30 in their Student Activities Centre (SAC). Admission is $5 at the door.
- Theatre Western has shows of “The Importance of Being Earnest” this weekend at the Grand Theatre.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat @ 8pm and Sat matinee
Price: $10 for students, $15 general admission
Tickets are available at InfoSource
- Tony Lee – X-Rated Hypnotist will be putting on a great show this Friday, November 26th at 10pm at the Wave. Tickets are $8 at the door. Expect a great show – I’ve been before and one of my good friends was hypnotized! Ridic! 19+
- MIT Student Council Charity Coffee House this Sunday, November 28th at 7pm in the Spoke. Instead of a monetary admission, attendees are asked to bring art supplies which will then be given to the Arts For All Kids charity. Lots of fresh UWO talent – will not be disappointed!
- Huron Dance-a-thon Sat/Sun December 4th/5th (10am-10am) in the SAC @ Huron. Put a team together for an epic 24hr dance-a-thon!! All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation which raises funds for women/children in Africa that have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Oweek Feedback Session December 7th @ 5-7pm in Council Chambers (UCC). Have some input in next year’s oweek!!
- Music Tuba Christmas Caroling Wednesday December 8th @1:30 in Talbot College Foyer! Come out to sing along to Christmas songs played by their excellent tuba players!
- Arts&Humanities Student Council has secured Margaret Atwood at UWO on January 19th 2011 (OMFG)!!!! Time and place TBA.
- SAVE THE DATE : January 29th 2011 – UWO Charity Ball!! All proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of London 🙂
Following all these exciting announcements we had a presentation from the lovely Scott Courtice (movember supporter), about Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest. I did not take extensive notes on his presentation but it was very informative and remember to keep ethics in mind 😉
Standing Committee Reports
All Reports can be found @ Councilors Corner
- Finance : Proposal to put into a place a system where clubs could request a student levy to be put to a referendum vote during the USC elections. This proposal was brought to the Finance Standing Committee by the World University Service of Canada Club (WUSC), whose purpose is to financially support a student refugee so that they could attend UWO. Currently the club sponsors one refugee every four years. An increase in the student levy over the next few years will allow them to support one new refugee every year, or four refugees every year. The system of levy requests by clubs which are brought to referendum vote is currently used at Stanford. Currently the WUSC is the only club at UWO with a student levy.
Did you collect your bus pass refund check last year?? If not, you aren’t alone!! The USC has $175,000 worth of unclaimed checks! They are now staled dated and will not be reinstated. The finance committee proposed the formation of an ad-hoc committee (so a committee that will dissolve once its purpose is fulfilled), to be formed to deal with allocation of this cash.
- Communications: Election of their vice chair (woooo)
First YouTube video posted!!
The USC blog is up and running!! Check it out for updates on events going on around campus!
- Campus Issues: Looking into doing a social responsibility audit of the USC, the feasibility of a waterbottle free UWO!!
- University Affairs: Weldon Library will be 24/7 from December 10-17 and will be funded by the UWO administration. Don’t expect a “Club Weldon” this year though – there will be backpack checks at the door.
- Student Events: Discussed the amount of info students need to give out to charitable organizations on campus.
- Agenda and Operations: Will be getting updated information soon on the composition of council for next year (one USC representative for every 600 students in a constituency), and looking into the formation of a governance ad-hoc committee to tie up some loose ends surrounding the new governance structure.
These are all found here.
Not Gonna lie most councilors were a little apprehensive wheEsn we heard twelve motions were being brought to council. Usually we deal with 2-3 motions. However the fact that we breezed through these 12 motions demonstrates the efficiency of the new governance structure.
- Proposition of a referendum vote for part time students to give them coverage under the Student Health Plan. PASSED
- Proposition to run an information-based campaign about the coverage of part time students under the Student Health Plan referendum. PASSED meaning that the USC does not have an interest in the outcome of this referendum and will simply present information in an unbiased manner.
- WITHDRAWN since it was the proposal of a Yes/No campaign in regards to the Part Time Student Health Plan Referendum, and council had already decided on an information-based campaign.
- Development of a referendum question by the elections committee in regards to the WUSC’s proposed student levy to help support additional refugees. PASSED
- Proposal for the USC Grants Committee be established as a sub-committee of the Finance Standing committee. PASSED
- Proposal for the USC Finance Committee be established as a sub-committee of the Finance Standing Committee, and to be known as the Budget Committee PASSED
- Establishment of an ad-hoc committee to determine how the $175,000 worth of unclaimed bus pass refund money should be allocated PASSED
- USC affiliated fundraisers can collect information other than name and email addresses PASSED
- Name change of the Student Life Standing Committee to the Student Events Standing Committee to better reflect its purpose PASSED
- Name change of the Agenda and Operations Committee (AOC) to the Committee of Council Operations and Agenda (COCOA) since another committee already uses the acronym AOC and to increase their “approachability” PASSED
- Continue with the new schedule of one USC meeting per month which will be reassessed at the next scheduled council meeting in Janurary PASSED
- Formation of an ad-hoc committee to complete the governance review PASSED
Following all of these motions we elected the governance ad-hoc committee members and councilors were nominated to the bus pass refund ad-hoc committee.
An executive council summary was brought forth by Mike Tithecott where he touched upon:
- the new laptop rental program!!! Running out of InfoSource, you can rent out a netbook for up to 5days at a time. Great response so far, looking into potentially getting some more laptops??
- new bus shelter out of the UCC coming soon 🙂
During the question period just some cool info from VP Student Events Justin Mackie… weather-permitting there will be an ice rink on concrete beach this winter (SWEET!!), and for all those thinking of applying for your respected soph teams in the new year, a new soph database will be coming your way!!!
That pretty much wrapped up another exciting USC meeting!!
If you have any questions, comments, or how to go about asking for a grant from the $175,000 bus-pass refund money that wasn’t collected, just leave a comment and either me or Cailin will get back to you!!
Stay tuned for our next post in the new year,