Lasting just 38 minutes, Sunday’s UNBSU council meeting covered topics such as a cannabis on-campus working group, student feedback for Sodexo’s five-year review and the upcoming UNBSU general elections.
Vice-president internal Chris McGinn chaired the meeting in president Herbert Bempah’s absence. Bempah has encountered flight delays on the return trip from his home in Ghana, but is expected to arrive in Fredericton on Tuesday.
Vice-president student services Brian Tozer was also absent, leaving McGinn with just vice-president finance Grayson Bearisto and interim vice-president advocacy Haley MacIsaac accompanying him at the executive table.
According to Bearisto, the short length of the meeting was reflective of all the behind-the-scenes work that has been happening at the UNBSU since returning from the break.
McGinn opened the meeting with a call for councillors to sit on the university’s cannabis on-campus working group, which has already held two meetings and is seeking student input on how the university will “accomodate and deal” with the incoming cannabis legislation—three councillors volunteered their services.
Later on in the meeting, Bearisto put a call out for faculty councillors to find students that will provide feedback next month during the five-year review of UNB’s contract with Sodexo. The review will be conducted by a third party.
“The planned review process will capture feedback from a diverse group of students utilizing Sodexo meal hall, retail and catering services on campus, and how to better these services,” said Bearisto.
“Servicing the food needs of the entire UNB Fredericton campus is a large task, and one that Sodexo staff work hard to do well. That being said, there is of course always space for improvement in any operation, and your UNB Student Union is committed to its responsibility to expressing student opinion as to what can be done better.”
The upcoming UNBSU election season was also confirmed at tonight’s meeting, with a motion passing that confirms Jan. 29 as the beginning of the nomination period, Feb. 9 as the beginning of the campaigning period and Feb. 26 the beginning of the polling period, which will last until March 2.
By March 3 at 12 a.m., the university will know who their new UNB Student Union will be.
“The upcoming Student Union elections create an amazing opportunity for any UNB student to contribute to creating a community here at UNB that we are all equally welcome in, and proud of,” said Bearisto.