Students’ Council meets every second Tuesday at room 134 in the Telus Centre at 6 p.m. Council meetings are open to all students. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, where free food will be provided for all attendees.
Last meeting, council offered a variety of pizza along with a fruit plate with cookies for dessert. So if you’re at all interested in student politics, swing by, fill your belly and get your democracy on.
This week’s Student Council was mainly geared toward tuition hikes and U-Pass negotiations for 2013-14.
TUITON HIKES ON THE MOVE
The first item on the agenda at Students’ Council was a presentation on upcoming tuition hikes delivered by University Vice-President (Finance and Administration) Phyllis Clark and Acting Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Martin Ferguson-Pell.
The presentation offered an overview of prospective tuition prices for the 2013/14 school year. General tuition fees will likely see an increase of 2.15 per cent as of Sept. 1, 2013, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) tuition cap. A 2.15 per cent increase will also be applied to program differentials, course differentials, and market modifiers for select undergraduate courses and graduate programs.
Undergraduate tuition rates will see an estimated increase of $113 for domestic Arts and Science students with full course loads.
The tuition increase will go to the Board of Governors for final approval on Dec. 14, 2012.
TEDIOUS TRANSIT NEGOTIATIONS
Vice-President (Student Life) Saadiq Sumar took the floor next to give a presentation to council regarding U-Pass negotiations for the 2013-2014 school year.
Sumar noted that the pass currently costs $140, up from $90 in 2007. ETS’ new proposal seeks to increase that price further to $170 per term — a 30 per cent increase.
Sumar said ETS conducted surveys which calculated U-Pass users were making 47 trips per month on average, which is how they arrived at the new price.
However, the surveys’ numbers was formerly between 31-38 trips per month, and details regarding the surveys are still vague, leading Sumar to disagree with the new price.
A FOIP request is underway to figure out how ETS arrived at their new number.
Due to this disagreement between the two parties, Sumar said negotiations are at a current deadlock, and added he would be talking to other city councilors and committees over the next few weeks to try to move the process forward.
SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE PASSED
After taking a second look at the motion for a committee that originally passed, following some conflict of interest concerns, Council decided to move forward with creating a Social and Environmental Responsibility Committee.
The terms of reference for the committee state that the mission is to “Help promote the organization as a leader in economic, environmental, and social sustainability.”
The committee will incorporate external groups such as APIRG who will be helping make recommendations to the SU executives and others that sit on the committee.
Some conflict of interest concerns for five councilors considered to be closely involved with such external organizations were raised. Whether to rule their votes as abstentions was handled at two separate Discipline Interpretation and Enforcement board meetings, which took place prior to council.
Since these groups are dedicated fee units of the SU which all students pay fees to, it was established that all students are in a direct relationship with the organization.
The DIE board did not rule the votes as abstentions by reason of conflict-of-interest, and council passed the committee.
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