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:May 3, 2019
Time of Start: 4:26 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, Ying Chen, Aria Khiabani, Elizabeth Hua, Jerry Zhu, Wenhan Hu, Si Ming Lin, Miao Chen, Neil Cordingley
Regrets: Thomas Braun
List of attendees (guests): Dmytrov Romanov, Amanda Morrone, Michael Chalkhoun, Darya Jabbari, Andrew Petrecca-Berthelet
Student Services Representative: Trudy Ste-Croix
- Call to Order
The Regular Weekly Marianopolis Student Union (MSU) Congress Meeting of May 3, 2019, was convened at 4:26 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, Ying Chen, Aria Khiabani, Elizabeth Hua, Jerry Zhu, Wenhan Hu, Si Ming Lin, Miao Chen, Neil Cordingley.
- Guests presented by David Cao
The guests who are present at this meeting are: Dmytrov Romanov, a representative from the Marianopolis World Review, Trudy Ste-Croix, the Student Services Representative, and Amanda Morrone, Michael Chalkhoun, Darya Jabbari, Andrew Petrecca-Berthelet, Marianopolis students.
- Approval of last meeting’s Minutes
The Minutes of the Regular Weekly MSU Congress Meeting of April 26, 2019 were written by Ying Chen. These Minutes were approved by David Cao on the 3rd of April, 2019.
- Approval of the Agenda
The Agenda of this day’s meeting has been unanimously approved.
Unfinished Business and General Orders
- MSU Party Tickets presented by Neil
Upon further discussion, Neil and Thomas decided to keep the ticketing the same as last year’s, as to make the party more accessible to all students. This means that there will be 50 tickets of 40$ in the first wave, 100 tickets of 50$ in the second wave, and 150 tickets of 60$ in the last wave. The tickets will be sold on Eventbrite.
Congress agreed that the promotion of the event should begin as soon as possible to allow for students to make their summer plans. A Facebook event will be set up, and posters and other promotional material will also be put up; the ticket sales can begin on May 13.
As for the photographer at the party, Congress members offered to contact some photographers they know to see if they could come work at the party.
- Update on Anti-Harassment Education committee by Elizabeth Hua
The Anti-Harassment Education Committee are almost done drafting the Sexual Violence Policy, which will be ready for implementation next year. Their final meeting will be on June 17.
- AGM – PM suggested by Trudy
The AGA went well. The Coordinator presentations were good and concise, and although there was a bit of a time crunch towards the end, the constitutional review and voting process went smoothly. The number of pizzas ordered (25 boxes) was adequate, and the distribution in the middle of the event encouraged more people to stay.
- End Of year Activity – PM suggested by Trudy
The End of Year activity during AP on Thursday was quite successful; all 1000 hot dogs were distributed, along with all 500 cups of TCBY. Congress members and members of the Social Activities Committee were all helping out.
Next year, Congress could increase the number of vegetarian hot dogs to around 100-125 maximum, since more people wanted them this year than was expected; there could also be more ice cream. It was also mentioned that there should be someone in charge of monitoring the line and making sure there is no line-cutting.
Congress also discussed the possibility of having the TCBY distribution closer to the hot dogs, or having better communication with the students about where the free food was going to be distributed. Furthermore, it was suggested that the condiments be lined up on a table perpendicular to the one where the hot dogs were being distributed, as to avoid big clumps of people and traffic.
As for halal or kosher options in the future, Congress would have to discuss this with Marianopolis Hillel; they could reach out to Hillel Montreal, who can bring their own grills.
- Club Participation Award presented by Trudy
Every year, Student Services host a Student Life Awards event, where Congress has awarded club participation awards to one small club (below 25 members) and one big club (25 or more) that have contributed greatly to Marianopolis student life. Trudy asked which clubs Congress would like to nominate this year; Congress will be discussing this at next week’s meeting.
As for the date of the event, it has yet to be determined.
- Mental Health / Zen Week presented by Trudy
Next week is General Education week, but is also Mental Health and Zen Week. There will therefore be some activities promoting mental health and helping students relax in a stressful exam period.
Next Tuesday, two therapy dogs will be coming to the Student Lounge. Wednesday, four therapy dogs will come for students to pet. On Thursday, Student Services will be bringing in massage therapists from 11:00-14:00 in the Student Lounge to help people de-stress.
There will also be a table set up with arts and crafts for students to relax and take a break from their studies and worries, as well as a communal puzzle. Snacks (healthy and feel-good foods) will also be given out on Zen Day. Mia will be posting about the activities on the MSU Facebook page.
Motion to adjourn – Passed (unanimous)
This meeting was adjourned at 4:54 P.M.
Total duration: 28 minutes.