Council CliffsNotes: Lister, Indigenous Land, ETS and FA’s on August 14 | The Wanderer Politics

Following several weeks off from Students’ Council, we are back with our Council CliffsNotes. This is set to be a shorter-than-usual edition, but there is still some important info to cover.

OPERATIONS AND FINANCE: SUB BOOTH, RHETORIC

To begin, it appears that Cheema, the Vice-President (Operations and Finance) has once again missed the general orders report deadline. If it is any consolation, a leisurely stroll through the Students’ Union Building (SUB) does indicate that the InfoLink booth reno is well underway. Somewhere up in SUB 2-900, Cheema is muttering, “But the late additions are more up-to-date with what I’m currently working on.” We know the rhetoric, here at The Wanderer.

BOG REP: INDIGENOUS LAND STATEMENT

The Board of Governors has two student reps on it, and Brent Kelly is one of them. He just returned from a trip east in Quebec, and is rejuvenated and looking to “continue my exploration of the University‚Äôs investments, and also set up some sort of meeting with stakeholders/councilors regarding a statement by the SU acknowledging its operations take place on indigenous land.” This is an interesting endeavour, and one worth keeping a close eye on.

STUDENT LIFE: U-PASS, ATHLETICS, LISTER

It seems that Saadiq Sumar, the Vice-President (Student Life) has been consumed with the Lister issue, much like Colten Yamagishi. Still, Sumar has managed to meet with Edmonton Transit Services (ETS), and several other local student organizations, in order to discuss the U-Pass contract. (If you are not aware, University of Alberta undergraduate students are provided a subsidized transit pass at the beginning of the semester; every year, the SU negotiates with ETS regarding this pass.) Another important note is that Sumar and other SU execs will be meeting with University Athletics Board student reps on August 28.

PRESIDENT: LISTER, PROVINCIAL LOBBYING

The SU President, Colten Yamagishi, provided a robust report, considering the amount of time devoted to the Lister lobbying. In this report, he discusses work done on the provincial front, where the Council of Alberta University Students (the organization that represents and lobbies for students from Lethbridge, Calgary and the U of A) is working on lobbying related to municipal property taxes and the Elections Act, among other things. It is clear that the large majority of Yamagishi’s time involves student residence-related advocacy.

ACADEMIC: TASK FORCE, BIG REVIEW

In Vice-President (Academic) Dustin Chelen’s report to Council, he lays out the groundwork completed thus far on the Faculty Association Task Force, where he has recruited a membership that includes staff from Dean of Students Office, two professors and several students. Prior to serving as VPA, Dustin founded the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society (ISSS), where he held the positions of President (in year one) and VPA (in year two). Thus, it is interesting to see how Dustin applies his knowledge to having the SU work with all faculty associations on campus. Lastly, Dustin – in fine academic form – has completed a review of SU and U of A documents relating to academic materials, teaching evaluations and teachers’ professional development.

EXTERNAL: RETURNING TO YEG

Petros Kusmu, the Vice-President (External), has been away in Eritrea, but is now returning to Edmonton for the middle of August through to the winter months.

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