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Council Connection—March 23rd, 2023 Meeting

As the chair of the meeting, President Karen Fletcher called the meeting to order on March 16th, 2023, reminding everyone that Executive Director (ED) Jodi Campbell is the accessibility officer and to contact him if they require assistance.  President Fletcher explained that accessibility assistance does not always have to be related to a disability; if… Read more »

Council Connection—February 16, 2023 Meeting

President Karen Fletcher was absent due to travel, so Executive Director Jodi Campbell chaired the February 16th, 2023 meeting, which commenced at 6:03 PM MT; Councillor Allie Wojtaszek was not in attendance either.  Executive Director Campbell called Governance and Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek to assist with accessibility moderation as he may be occupied with chairing… Read more »

Council Connection

President Karen Fletcher called the meeting to order on January 19th, 2023, at 6:01 PM MT, calling attendance; Councillors Allie Wojtaszek and Rebecca Wuebbolt were absent with regrets. Financial Audit President Fletcher introduced Chad Knippel and Natalia Toth from Kingston Ross Pasnak (KRP), who completed the 2021-2022 financial audit.  As the representatives from KRP may… Read more »

Council Connection—December 15, 2023 Meeting

The meeting commenced at 6 PM MT on December 15th, 2022, with the usual land acknowledgment.  President Fletcher called attendance, noting that VP External and Indigenous Circle Representative (VPEX & IC Rep) Trishtina Godoy-Contois was absent.  The previous meeting minutes were passed without changes; the agenda was passed with a friendly amendment from Councillor Cilhane… Read more »

Why Try the By?

With the student council by-election coming up, you may wonder about the student council, what they do, and if you should run.  The Voice Magazine got to chat with a few council members about their experiences. I was joined by a Councillor, Cilhane Ahmed, the Vice President of Community and Wellness (VPCW), Natalia Iwanek, and… Read more »

Council Connection—November 17, 2022 Meeting

Although illness, course crush, and the holiday season created a significant delay, we are finally able to bring you the report about the November 17, 2022 Council Meeting.  Fortunately, the meeting turned out to be quite short on activity, though it was a long session. The meeting was called into order on November 17, 2022,… Read more »

Council Connection—October 20, 2022 Meeting

While the meeting on October 20th was shorter than usual, it was certainly an interesting and emotional meeting.  The meeting started out as usual, with President Karen Fletcher running through the usual business of attendance, agenda, and previous minutes. Changing Positions AUSU’s position policies manual was up for review and being updated; Vice President of… Read more »

Council Connection—September 15, 2022 Meeting

On September 15, 2022, at 5:32 PM Mountain Time, Karen Fletcher, President of AUSU, started, covering the usual items such as land acknowledgements and attendance. During the agenda discussion, Advocacy Coordinator Duncan Wojtaszek advises postponing policy reviews; you need a mover and seconder to approve the agenda, then a member can move to table an… Read more »

Council Connection—August 25, 2022 Meeting

The AUSU student council meeting was called into order on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 pm. AUSU President Karen Fletcher announced the appointment of Jodi Campbell as the Accessibility Officer and ran through the land acknowledgements, took attendance, and asked for member input. Amending the Agenda Karen proceeded to move to adopt the agenda.  Vice… Read more »

Who Should Students Vote for in the 2021 Election?

An election was called on August 6, 2021, by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Canadians will head to the polls on September 20, 2021.  This leaves many voters asking, who should I vote for? As students, our concerns often focus on what each party will do regarding tuition and student debt.  This is every party’s platform… Read more »