UMSU notes

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) council met on July 22, 2010.

UMSU President Heather Laube reported that the National Aboriginal Day of Action had been a fantastic day, where the executive and the Aboriginal Students’ Association got hundreds of postcards signed in support of the First Nations University of Canada.

Laube also noted that councilors should contact her or other members of the executive if there are any events they’d like announced or promoted at council meetings.

Vice-President External, Sheldon Gardiner, said he had attended the Young Leaders Luncheon with mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis. Gardiner said he had participated in some brainstorming for her campaign, but said the luncheon was not as student focused as he had hoped it would be.

Vice-President Internal, Aisyah Abdkahar, encouraged council members to suggest events to be broadcasted at the Fireplace Lounge in University Center.

Laube reported that the UMSU executive is working with the university administration over renovation to the Fireplace Lounge.

She also announced that many of the proposed tuition increases for professional faculties at the U of M would not be going through.

Vice President Student Services, Matt Hepner extended a thank you to everyone who worked to oppose the increases and said it was a great example of students working collectively.

Hepner also reported that he had met with the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) to collaborate on planning a joint event at the Pyramid Cabaret during Orientation Week.

Abdkahar reported that members had been selected for the finance committee as well as health and dental committees. Meetings would be held on Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 for the finance committee. The health and dental committee has yet to set a date for its first meeting of the year.

Hepner reported that the Student Group Promotion and Affairs Committee (SGPAC) has yet to set a meeting time, but has at least six new student groups to approve.