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 5, 2019
Time of Start: 4:25 P.M.
|Facilitator: David Cao
Meeting type: Weekly
Note taker and timekeeper: Ying Chen
|List of attendees (Congress members): David Cao, Meghan Couture, Thomas Braun, Jerry Zhu, Sophie Cao, Elizabeth Hua, Neil Cordingley, Si Ming Lin, Ying Chen
Regrets: Aria Khiabani, Wenhan Hu, Miao Chen, Louis Yoon
List of attendees (guests): Yigu Zhou, Zhe Ying Ge, Andrew Petrecca-Berthelet, Thomas Briand Gionest
Student Services Representative: Trudy Ste-Croix
- Call to Order
The Regular Weekly Marianopolis Student Union (MSU) Congress Meeting of April 5, 2019, was convened at 4:25 P.M. by President David Cao.
- Roll Call of Members
The MSU Congress Members who are present at this meeting are: David Cao, Meghan Couture, Thomas Braun, Jerry Zhu, Sophie Cao, Elizabeth Hua, Neil Cordingley, Si Ming Lin, Ying Chen
- Guests presented by David Cao
The guests who are present at this meeting are: Yigu Zhou, a representative from the Marianopolis World Review, Trudy Ste-Croix, the Student Services Representative. Zhi Ying Ge and Andrew Petrecca-Berthelet, two Marianopolis students, and Thomas Briand Gionest, a representative from Major Plan.
- Approval of last meeting’s Minutes
The Minutes of the Regular Weekly MSU Congress Meeting of April 5, 2019 were written by Ying Chen and Sophie Cao. These Minutes were approved by David Cao on the 5th of April, 2019.
- Approval of the Agenda
The Agenda of this day’s meeting has been unanimously approved.
Unfinished Business and General Orders
- Student Insurance presented by David
Thomas Briand Gionest, a representative from Major Plan, a branch of Major Group, presented his company’s student insurance services to Congress. This service namely includes providing students with insurance that complements what they already have, acting as a middleman between the insurance company and the students, and answering any questions concerning the insurance regime. This would be a collective insurance regime, where all students would have to pay at the beginning of the year, but have the option to opt out and be refunded inside a certain period of time. The company also offers a program of student aid that offers a security net for psychological distress, whereby students in need can be put into contact with legal and financial advisors, psychologists, and nutritionists; this program, however, if implemented, does not allow for students to opt out. M. Briand Gionest proposed Congress send out a survey to gauge student interest in having these insurance services, Marianopolis student needs, and how much people would be willing to pay for this.
After the presentation, Congress agreed to do some more research on the company and its services, and to have students fill out a survey before making any other decisions about whether to pursue this project or not.
- Member specific mandates presented by David
Congress discussed the End-of-Year Activity to be held outside before Gen-Ed week, on May 2. There is the possibility of handing out free hot dogs again, along with gelato provided by the school. Other ideas have to be brainstormed for next week.
As for the End-of-Year Party, the proposal Neil made has mostly stayed the same, with the shooter hour moved to between 11 PM and 12 AM. The party is set to be on May 30.
Lastly, Congress members were reminded that, if they have any propositions for amendments to the Constitution, they have to be submitted before next Wednesday at 4 P.M. before the Constitutional Review meeting.
- The Statue & letter by Meghan
Elizabeth and Meghan are with Professor Dolores Chew on writing a letter proposing to teachers to include land acknowledgement at the bottom of their course outlines. Congress agreed that this is a good initiative to take. The letter is still in the process of being drafted, and will be presented to Congress members for discussion and review before being sent.
Meghan has also talked to Professor Chew about the statue of Marguerite Bourgeoys depicted with two Native children outside of the Library (2nd floor). Although it may not be the best decision to remove the statue, since it is a part of Marianopolis history, they believe that it is important to inform students on the history behind the statue by putting a plaque on it. Congress proposed to consult with Native students at Marianopolis to hear their thoughts and opinions on what should be done, and agreed that it is important to educate students on the backstory of such a statue.
- Petition & Demonstration by Meghan
Congress does not wish to take a political stance on Bill C-21 because they do not want to speak on behalf of the entire Student Union. However, it has shared the demonstration that will be taking place next Friday, April 12 at 12 P.M. through its Social Justice Committee on Facebook, inviting students who are interested in the event to participate. There is also a petition going around.
Motion to adjourn – Passed (unanimous)
This meeting was adjourned at 5:39 P.M.
Total duration: 1 hour and 14 minutes.