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Thu August 9

CSU monitoring status of Saudi Arabian students

2018-08-09T16:33:40+00:00

The Capilano Students’ Union is closely monitoring the ongoing situation involving international students from Saudi Arabia. With news that the Saudi Arabian government is recalling their state-sponsored students enrolled in Canada, the CSU is aware of the difficulties that are faced by those students.

This is a tense situation for students who don’t know if they can complete the studies they’ve undertaken here. Our key message to our members is that we are looking into it and working with the university to ease the burden on these students.

The CSU’s elected executives have already met with the university executive to raise their concerns regarding Saudi Arabia’s announcement and plans are  in place to continue discussions to identify ways for the CSU to support our members during this challenging period of time.

Any students impacted by the ongoing political situation should call the Center for International Experience (CIE) at 604.990.7914 or email cie@capilanou.ca. The CIE will be able to assist with academic and immigration advising as well as refer students to Capilano’s counselling services should they wish to talk to someone about this.

Anna-Elaine Rempel, president
Capilano Students’ Union
president@csu.bc.ca

Harsha Sharma, international students liaison
Capilano Students’ Union
international@csu.bc.ca

CSU monitoring status of Saudi Arabian students2018-08-09T16:33:40+00:00
Wed February 14

BOARD SHORTS: February 9, 2018

2018-02-14T11:43:10+00:00

Here are the highlights from the February 9 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The board passed several important motions at the meeting including passing the wording for the health and dental referendum question, and the wording for the social justice support fee

referendum question. The board also took a ‘Yes’ position in support of the referendum questions for health and dental, personal electronics repair service, and the social justice support fee. Furthermore, the board approved the release of up to $3,000 for the campaign materials.

The board proposed a bylaw amendment to be considered at the semi-annual general meeting, taking place on March 1. The proposed change would allow senate student representatives to seek executive committee positions with the CSU. The board will also be taking a proposal for a mature and parent student liaison position to the semi-annual general meeting for consideration.

The board approved changes to procedure to have an overlap period for board terms what would allow outgoing and incoming board members concurrently work together for a short period of time in order to allow for better training of incoming board members. The board also filled student-at-large committee vacancies.

To read the full set of February 9 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for February 23, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: February 9, 20182018-02-14T11:43:10+00:00
Wed February 14

BOARD SHORTS: January 26, 2018

2018-02-14T11:40:42+00:00

Here are the highlights from the January 26 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

A resignation letter from First Nations students liaison Geronimo Alec was acknowledged.

A fee on a personal electronics repair service was approved. If passed by referendum, the CSU-run service would allow students to repair their devices without the high cost they face from private vendors. The board also decide to promote the ‘Yes’ of the referendum.

There was a discussion surrounding the possibility of exploring the feasibility of supporting a student lounge in the Bosa building. While there was some concern about further isolating Bosa students, it was also brought up that such a space could be used for outreach as well. The board decided to proceed with further exploration with staff support.

Plans for an engagement showcase called Clubs and Collectives Day as well as the CSU’s and queer students collective’s annual Pride Week were approved.

The CSU decided to send a collection of delegates to the Pacific Northwest Student Leadership Conference in Portland, Oregon, at a cost of up to $6,000.

To read the full set of January 26 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for February 9, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: January 26, 20182018-02-14T11:40:42+00:00
Wed February 14

BOARD SHORTS: January 19, 2018

2018-02-14T11:35:17+00:00

Here are the highlights from the January,19 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

Meeting went in-camera with legal aid and the absence of two members for the executive board.

To read the full set of January 12 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for January 26 in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: January 19, 20182018-02-14T11:35:17+00:00
Wed February 14

BOARD SHORTS: January 12, 2018

2018-02-14T11:28:19+00:00

Here are the highlights from the January 12 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

Perry Safari, the CSU’s president and vice-president of finance and services, brought up a new IT repair service for the CSU. The IT repair service would seek to help students with the repair of electronic devices by an on-campus technician.

A proposed health and dental referendum question was approved by the board. The referendum question is in regards increasing the cost of the health and dental plan fee by 18% starting September 2018 to continue to cover the cost of all the benefits under the current extended health and dental plan. This fee will go up by 5% every year afterwards. Students will vote on the question March 21-23.

Noah Berson, the CSU’s vice-president of external affairs, reported that he has started to look for workshops and capacity building workshops for the CSU board of directors retreat. $4,200 will be released to fund team-building activities for the board of directors and staff.

Geronimo Alec, the CSU’s First Nations students liaison, was asked to resign from their position by request of the board. Numerous opportunities were given to the liaison to address complaints and issues that the First Nations constituency had brought forward to the CSU.

To read the full set of January 12 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for January 19, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: January 12, 20182018-02-14T11:28:19+00:00
Tue February 13

CSU applauds on-campus housing in throne speech

2018-02-15T10:58:19+00:00

NORTH VANCOUVER – February 13, 2018 – The Capilano Students’ Union would like to thank the provincial government for including on-campus student housing in today’s throne speech. Post-secondary institutions have been unable to build on-campus housing for the past 10 years, forcing students to compete for limited rental housing available in Metro Vancouver.

“Everyone has been impacted by the housing crisis, including post-secondary students,” said Noah Berson, the CSU’s vice-president external. “Moving students on campus and out of market rental will benefit everyone and help make universities a better place.”

There are a range of benefits to on-campus student housing, including reducing traffic congestion in the region by decreasing the number of students that have to drive or transit over the Second Narrows Bridge to get to Capilano or drive through the heavily congested North Shore. Student housing will reduce the number of students competing for the rental market, where they are often competing for the low end of the market. Student housing will also ensure that there are more suites available for rent by those who need them most. Universities and colleges will become more vibrant education hubs with a major expansion in student life.

The CSU supports initiatives that improve access to education, and affordable on-campus housing is a key component in accessibility. “Students that are able to live on campus will save both money on housing and time spent commuting, allowing them to focus on their studies. This is a big win for accessibility,” concluded Berson.


Spokesperson:

Noah Berson, vice-president external
Capilano Students’ Union
e vpexternal@csu.bc.ca
p 604.831.1159

CSU applauds on-campus housing in throne speech2018-02-15T10:58:19+00:00
Wed February 7

Capilano Students’ Union recognized as a living wage employer

2018-02-07T11:45:43+00:00

NORTH VANCOUVER – February 7, 2018 – The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has been recognized by the Living Wage for Families Campaign as a living wage employer. This means that the CSU has committed to ensuring that its direct and contracted workers receive a combined wages and benefits package that totals at least the living wage for our region; for Metro Vancouver, this is calculated to be about $20.62 per hour.

The CSU’s board of directors recently approved a living wage policy, making it organizational policy to pay all direct and contract workers a living wage for their work, and determining that the CSU should be a public advocate for ensuring that all workers receiving a living wage.

“The CSU’s continued advancements in providing services, events, and advocacy for our members would not be possible without the work of our professional and dedicated team of staff,” says Christopher Girodat, executive director of the student union. “Our staff team, student and non-student team members alike, works hard everyday to support students; I appreciate this formal recognition that we are committed to supporting them in return.”

According to Perry Safari, president of the student union, paying a living wage is also about leading by example for other employers. “We know first-hand the barriers that our members face when navigating through post-secondary education,” says Safari. “When employers pay a living wage, including to student and part-time workers, it helps to reduce student debt, and reduces barriers to accessing post-secondary education.”Click edit button to change this text.

Spokesperson:
Perry Safari, president
Capilano Students’ Union
e president@csu.bc.ca t (604) 910-5963

Background:
Christopher Girodat, executive director
Capilano Students’ Union
e cgirodat@csu.bc.ca t (604) 990-7965

Capilano Students’ Union recognized as a living wage employer2018-02-07T11:45:43+00:00
Mon December 18

BOARD SHORTS: December 1, 2017

2017-12-18T15:56:24+00:00

Here are the highlights from the December 1 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

There was a presentation on the university’s plan of events for Capilano University’s 50th anniversary which will run from September 2018 to June 2019. There will be a focus on involving Capilano alumni and current students into the celebrations.

Andrew Willis, the CSU’s vice-president academic, informed the board on the concerns of students who live at the university’s residence. The board is looking to aid those concerns through a residence relationship committee.

The board approved contributing $750 to the student society emergency aid fund, which is a bursary matched by the provincial government for unexpected costs. The board also released $4,365 for the let’s get consensual campaign. Several board members also volunteered to attend a training workshop for the campaign.  

To read the full set of December 1 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for December 15, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: December 1, 20172017-12-18T15:56:24+00:00
Mon December 18

BOARD SHORTS: December 15, 2017

2017-12-18T16:10:16+00:00

Here are the highlights from the December 15 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

Paul Dangerfield, Capilano University president, gave a presentation to the board on his perspective of the university and its future. Providing students with an “experience second to none” was a focal point of the presentation.

The board shifted funding from capital expenditures to events within the intramurals and recreation fund.  

Plans annual Rail Jam event were presented to the board. Plans included a partnership with Blueprint Events, and further included plans for a DJ booth and beer garden. Board members raised concerns surrounding event costs and exclusivity and ultimately decided to simplify the event in order to increase accessibility. The recreation portion of the event was approved and the CSU’s vice-president student life was asked to revise plans for the social side of the event, to be decided at the first board meeting in January.

To read the full set of December 15 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for January 12, in Birch 126.

 

BOARD SHORTS: December 15, 20172017-12-18T16:10:16+00:00