Students’ Council meets every second Tuesday in the Telus Centre at 6 p.m. Council meetings are open to all students. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, where free food will be provided for all attendees.
Last meeting, council offered a selection of Thai veggie and chicken wraps catered by L’Express, along with a fruit and veggie 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.
The main agenda of Students’ Council on Sept. 25 was centered around the new 89th Avenue Housing Project and an overview presentation of the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG).
89 AVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
The designs of the housing projects were revealed in the presentation. The development intends to house 244 graduate, international, and upper year undergraduate students, which would accommodate 35 per cent of all students on campus.
The SU is also working with Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) in the hopes of setting the occupancy date for September 2013.
Following the presentation, some questions were raised as to why the complex was not being geared towards a more modern design that would be more appealing to students.
University architect Ben Louie said the design had to reflect the character of the Garneau Community, due to the neighbourhood sensitivity on the matter.
A full contract has yet to be signed, with the project still awaiting government approval.
ALL ABOUT APIRG
The outreach coordinators of APIRG then took the floor and gave a presentation on the organization.
As one of the Dedicated Fee Units — $3.26 of the $69.23 — that each student pays in dedicated Students’ Union fees each year, APIRG provides students with a variety of resources and grants towards research or initiatives to help the community.
The presenters gave a short presentation about the variety of resources offered along with delving into their mandate and operation structure and funding.
The SU executive delved into some of their reports to council as submitted in the Late Editions of the Order Papers.
Vice-President (Student Life) Saadiq Sumar noted a variety of SU sponsored events that were taking place, such as the Singer/Songwriter series and hosting a comedian at Dindwoodie Lounge.
Some debate continued around the pricing of the U-Pass, and negotiations are still being looked into.
The remnants of chivalry still linger today, especially in the dating world.
Talk on “commitment,” “excellence” and “unity” dominated Friday’s Board of Governors meeting, as members continue to address financial pressures and determine their next steps in the wake of the budget cut.