Every two weeks, The Wanderer Online provides you, the reader, with a recap of the need-to-know news for Students’ Council meetings. In other words, we take the agenda from each meeting and summarize it into several short and sweet paragraphs. With September nearly here, the SU is gearing up for a busy month. Our CliffsNotes edition is gonna be short this time, but it covers all that you need for now.
DORMITORY PROPERTY TAXES
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the last two weeks is the SU’s meetings with the U of A’s Facilities and Operations representatives, where the two are working together to eliminate property taxes on university residences. This is something that has been in the works for several years, at least. The consequences of this collaboration could be positive for the university community, with the saved dollars going to reducing deferred maintenance (in other words, toward improving the facilities in which students live). Moreover, it’s encouraging to see the two sides working together, despite the divisions created by the Lister residence issues.
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES NIGHT
Dustin Chelen, the VP (Academic) of the SU, is helping hold an event where student representatives can network and share insights on what it means to serve as an elected representative for their peers. Last year, Chelen helped organize a similar event targeted to Faculty of Science students, specifically. This university-wide session is a small but meaningful addition to a flurry of September events.
The SU President, Colten Yamagishi, has been meeting with several university leaders, such as President Indira Samarasekera and the Chair of the Board of Governors, Doug Goss. It appears that much of the SU’s advocacy efforts are being dedicated to the ongoing issues involving Lister.
That’s it for now. Check back before next Council meeting for another summary of Students’ Union news.