Marianopolis Student Union Congress
2018-2019 Academic Year
|Location: Marianopolis College, on the traditional unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation
Day: April 26, 2019
Time of Start: 4:27 P.M.
|Facilitator: David Cao
Meeting type: Weekly
Note taker and timekeeper: Ying Chen
|List of attendees (Congress members): David Cao, Meghan Couture, Sophie Cao, Louis Yoon, Thomas Braun, Ying Chen, Aria Khiabani, Elizabeth Hua, Jerry Zhu, Wenhan Hu, Si Ming Lin, Miao Chen
Regrets: Neil Cordingley
List of attendees (guests): Amanda Morrone, Michael Chalkhoun
Student Services Representative: Trudy Ste-Croix
- Call to Order
The Regular Weekly Marianopolis Student Union (MSU) Congress Meeting of April 26, 2019, was convened at 4:27 P.M. by Facilitator David Cao.
- Roll Call of Members
The MSU Congress Members who are present at this meeting are: David Cao, Meghan Couture, Sophie Cao, Louis Yoon, Thomas Braun, Ying Chen, Aria Khiabani, Elizabeth Hua, Jerry Zhu, Wenhan Hu, Si Ming Lin, Miao Chen
- Guests presented by David Cao
The guests who are present at this meeting are: Trudy Ste-Croix, the Student Services Representative, Amanda Morrone and Michael Chalkhoun, two Marianopolis students.
- Approval of last meeting’s Minutes
The Minutes of the Regular Weekly MSU Congress Meeting of April 12, 2019 were written by Ying Chen. These Minutes were approved by David Cao on the 26th of April, 2019.
- Approval of the Agenda
The Agenda of this day’s meeting has been unanimously approved.
Unfinished Business and General Orders
- Constitutional review by Si Ming
Congress looked over the changes that were made to the Constitution by the Constitutional Review Committee composed of Aria, Si Ming, David, Alexandra and Ricky. These changes namely included the addition of details to existing clauses, the elimination of information that is no longer accurate, and updating election clauses with the tie-breaking method that was decided upon recently. The Constitution also took into account the decision to eliminate the Member at Large position and replace it with a First-Year Financial Assistant position to help the VP of Finance. Congress also looked at the amendments made to the MSU Congress Bylaws and Club Bylaws by the Constitutional Review Committee.
Congress discussed the changes, made more suggestions and corrections, and approved changes. The amended Constitution and bylaws will be presented at next Tuesday’s AGA.
- AGA by David
The Annual General Assembly is taking place during AP on Tuesday, April 30. Congress members who have to make a report of the things they accomplished during the year, the big events they organized in their mandate, etc. must submit it to David as soon as possible.
The AGA, to be held in the auditorium, will begin at 12:45.
David will give a summary of Congress’ internal activities (such as the meetings with the cafeteria to discuss prices and options); this will be followed by coordinators’ summaries of their events during the year. After this, Congress will present the constitutional amendments that everyone in the room has to vote on; a ⅔ majority is needed to pass each amendment.
Congress plans on ordering pizza for the AGA to incentivize people to come; Mios will also be sent out to club executives and the event will be promoted on Facebook. At least one representative from each club must attend the AGA.
- End of year event by Trudy
Neil negotiated a deal with the cafeteria, who will be providing hot dogs and one cook for the event. However, the cafeteria can’t provide personnel because they’re distributing free ice cream on that day as well; Congress members will therefore sign up for shifts to help in distributing the food to students. Newly appointed and elected members of Congress are also invited to help out.
Congress also discussed how many hot dogs of each kind to get, and the possibility of having halal options. The proposition for now is 650 beef, 250 chicken and 100 vegetarian hot dogs.
As for the activities, the axe-throwing activity probably won’t happen, since the company isn’t returning any of Neil’s calls. Neil still working on getting the magician to come in.
- PM by Sophie
The Leucan Shave-to-Save Challenge organized by the Charities and Volunteering Committee that took place on Tuesday in the Student Lounge was a success; even though the room wasn’t full, some people still came to support and donate. As of now, 1700$ has been raised. The fundraiser officially ends next Friday.
- Ticket prices by Thomas
Thomas proposed a new ticket price scheme, keeping the three waves of ticket sales from last year. After each wave of tickets is sold out, the sale moves on to the next tier. This year, there will be 50 tickets of the cheapest price (45$), 125 tickets of the middle price (55$), and 125 tickets of the highest price (60$). This decreases the gap between the middle price and the highest price, and allows for an increase in revenue.
It was proposed that this extra revenue be used to cover bottle expenses. Congress members discussed whether it would be better to save the extra money or use it to buy bottles, and concluded with a clear majority that it would be best to keep the money for future activities that would benefit more people.
Congress also approved of the new ticket pricing scheme.
Motion to adjourn – Passed (unanimous)
This meeting was adjourned at 5:56 P.M.
Total duration: 1 hour and 29 minutes