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: November 16, 2018
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, Sophie Cao, Louis Yoon, Thomas Braun, Meghan Couture, Ying Chen, Aria Khiabani, Elizabeth Hua, Jerry Zhu, Neil Cordingley, Wenhan Hu
Regrets: Si Ming Lin, Miao Chen
List of attendees (guests): Ricky Liu
Student Services Representative: Trudy Ste-Croix
I. Call to Order
The Regular Weekly Marianopolis Student Union (MSU) Congress Meeting of November 16, 2018, was convened at 4:25 P.M. by President David Cao.
II. Roll Call of Members
The MSU Congress Members who are present at this meeting are: David Cao, Sophie Cao, Louis Yoon, Thomas Braun, Meghan Couture, Ying Chen, Aria Khiabani, Elizabeth Hua, Jerry Zhu, Neil Cordingley, Wenhan Hu
III. Guests presented by David Cao
The guests who are present at this meeting are: Ricky Liu, a representative from the Marianopolis World Review, and Trudy Ste-Croix, the Student Services Representative.
IV. Approval of last meeting’s Minutes
The Minutes of the Regular Weekly MSU Congress Meeting of November 9, 2018 were written by Ying Chen. These Minutes were approved by David Cao on the November 16, 2018.
V. Approval of the Agenda
The Agenda of this day’s meeting has been unanimously approved.
VI. Unfinished Business and General Orders
A. Fashion Show (postpone) and Indigenous affairs update presented by Wenhan
Congress agreed to postpone the Fashion Show event to the second semester due to a lack of participants; this will give the Cultural Committee more time to plan a bigger event, perhaps combining it with another cultural activity to provide extra incentive for participation. Wenhan will make an announcement concerning the postponement.
On another note, Wenhan spoke to Professor Chew about the Indigenous Affairs and has reached out to a few speakers, including a representative from the organization Native Montreal.
B. Social Justice Poetry Night presented by Aria
The Social Justice Poetry Night at the Shaika Cafe on Thursday was a success. The Social Justice Committee is planning on doing it again next semester; the theme this time would be Women’s Rights. Poetry Night could also be potentially combined with the Coffee House event.
C. Coffee House presented by Aria
The Coffee House event during AP on Tuesday was also a success. Congress plans on drafting a handwritten letter to Starbucks and David’s Tea to thank them for their generous donations. Congress also plans on organizing this event again in the future, perhaps combining it with spoken word performances.
D. December Party presented by David
Congress discussed the end-of-semester party coming up on December 19 including ticket prices, budget, possible venues and getting an alcohol license. The venue will have to be booked as soon as possible.
E. Cafeteria Survey Results presented by Jerry
Jerry presented the results for the Omnivox Cafeteria Survey, which a great number of students responded to. Congress discussed the implications of the compiled statistics, the comments about prices and quality of food and service, the option of having healthier foods, and the importance of promotion. The opinion and comments the cafeteria owner gave Meghan and David during the Cafeteria Committee Meeting were also discussed and taken into account.
This survey will be presented to the Cafeteria team during the next Cafeteria Meeting to show them the students’ feedback. Congress agreed to market the cafeteria’s compostable containers, recyclable forks, and healthy options so students are more aware of the service and options the cafeteria is providing.
F. Update on Intercollegiate App presented by Jerry
Jerry gave an update on the Intercollegiate App, including its cost–which will be split between the Dawson Student Union and the Marianopolis Student Union depending on the student population–what the development team is offering, and what still has to be done.
Congress motioned to vote on approving the Intercollegiate Discount App project
Motion passes [Unanimous]
Furthermore, Jerry has found seven restaurants around the Marianopolis campus and in the downtown area that are interested in giving Marianopolis students discounts in exchange of promotion. He will confirm these deals and announce them as soon as possible.
VII. New Business
A. Charities and Volunteering presented by Sophie
The Charities and Volunteering Committee will be having a Holiday Cards-Making event in collaboration with the Elder Care Club next Thursday, November 22 during AP, as well as during the Holiday Fest on November 27.
Furthermore, Sophie has contacted Le Chainon, a women’s shelter, for volunteering opportunities. River’s Edge, a community kitchen on Monkland, could also be a possibility.
Finally, Congress discussed the possibility of having a clothing drive this year, taking into account the lack of storage space and the idea of storing the clothes in the Congress room and at Wayne’s World.
B. Cafeteria Update by David
David had a one-on-one meeting with the cafeteria owner in which they discussed prices. She explained their situation as a small business; the higher prices are due to the higher quality of the food and on-the-spot cooking. Furthermore, she says she must wait for her quarterly report before making changes and adjustments; this report can be combined with the students’ answers from the survey to provide more feedback and suggestions.
Congress then discussed the plan of action for the next Cafeteria Meeting and agreed that compromises still need to be made to increase affordability, since this remains a school cafeteria.
Motion to adjourn – Passed (unanimous)
This meeting was adjourned at 5:42 P.M.
Total duration: 1 hour and 17 minutes.