UMSU notes

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) council met on Jan. 26.

Michael Safiniuk, chief returning officer for UMSU elections, presented the limits for candidates, and polling stations locations approved by the Campaign and Expense Advisory Committee (CEAC).

Polling stations will be located in Armes, Drake Centre, Fletcher Argue, Frank Kennedy, Pembina Hall, University Centre, University College, the Agriculture Building, the Brodie centre on the Bannatyne campus, and the Inner City campus.

Councillors then approved the 2012 UMSU elections’ supplementary rules.

Daniel Nevadov, a representative for the U of M Engineering Society, asked if it would be possible to get a polling station in the Engineering building.

Safiniuk said he would discuss this with CEAC members if a formal request were brought forward.

Camilla Tapp, president of UMSU, reported she had been informed, by university administrators, that students and staff will not be permitted to drive on to campus during Blue Bomber games once the stadium is completed.

Students that do have a pass will only be allowed to park in the A, B, N and L lots. All other lots will be cleared an hour and a half prior to game time.

Tapp said that this was “obviously concerning” to UMSU and that she has requested university administrators to hold a town hall to inform the university community about this issue.

Several councillors voiced their concern with this information, and asked if there was any type of petition against the parking policy. Tapp said that she was not aware of any formal response opposing the decision, but said that UMSU would be happy to support one.

Justin Quigley, UMSU vice-president (internal), reported that the The Hub construction committee had held an emergency meeting with the Physical Plant department to discuss issues surrounding plumbing in the building.

They are currently drafting a change directive for the space to address these issues, he said.

Quigley said he had also attended a town hall meeting regarding changes to the organization of Security Services, which would redeploy officers from the Bannatyne campus to the Fort Garry campus.

He said there was quite a large turnout of students at the event, but that he felt there we no “clear cut” answers to students’ questions offered by university administrators in attendance.

Nour Rashid, vice president (advocacy), said she is working with the office of Student Life and the U of M alumni association to bring Canadian humanitarian Stephen Lewis to speak on campus.