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 9, 2018
Time of Start: 4:21 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, Miao Chen, Si Ming Lin, Neil Cordingley, Wenhan Hu
List of attendees (guests): Yigu Zhou
Student Services Representative:
I. Agenda Items
II. Call to Order
The Regular Weekly Marianopolis Student Union (MSU) Congress Meeting of November 9, 2018, was convened at 4:21 P.M. by President David Cao.
III. 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, Miao Chen, Si Ming Lin, Neil Cordingley, Wenhan Hu
IV. 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 Service’s Representative, was attending a meeting at John Abbott College and thus could not make it to the meeting this week.
V. Approval of last meeting’s Minutes
The Minutes of the Regular Weekly MSU Congress Meeting of November 2, 2018 were written by Ying Chen. These Minutes were approved by David Cao on the 9th of November, 2018.
VI. Approval of the Agenda
The Agenda of this day’s meeting has been unanimously approved.
VII. Unfinished Business and General Orders
A. Coffee House and MariArt bake sale presented by Mia and Neil
Congress gave a final update prior to the Coffee House Event during AP on Tuesday the 13th of November. Firstly, Congress will contact the club having their bake sale on that day–Hillel (not MariArt as was previously believed)–and ask them if they would be interested in collaborating with the event by bringing in a food cart. Secondly, David’s Tea has already agreed to donate some tea; it will be picked up on Tuesday before the event. Neil has also contacted Starbucks for coffee. As for the equipment, the lights of the student lounge can now be dimmed, and Christmas/fairy lights from the basement can be used. Finally, Congress also spoke about promoting this event more by creating a Facebook event, and also distributed roles for each member available to help out during the activity.
B. Open House PM presented by David
Congress gave some feedback on Open House and what could be improved next year. Among the improvements suggested was a visual presentation with pictures of Congress’ events and activities to show their work in a more concrete and comprehensible way to the visitors. The possibility of implementing a mandatory number of Congress members present at the Open House representing Congress was also discussed. This will all be kept in mind for the Constitutional Review.
C. MHAT recap. Presented by Mia, Neil and Si Ming
Mia, Neil and Si Ming gave an update on their MHAT meeting. They are currently looking into researching the best practices to reduce anxiety, stress, worry, etc. and mentioned talking to other cegeps to see what they are doing for mental health.
VIII. New Business
A. ZEN Day- Nov. 29th
The Facebook post Trudy wrote for this Congress meeting provided information about Zen Day on November 29th from 11:00-14:00 in the Student Lounge. There will be David’s Tea, healthy snacks, a yoga class given by Julia Scrase and a 20-minute relaxation session offered by Annie Jeannet. There will also be Pet Therapy dogs!
Furthermore, Trudy mentioned the possibility of having four massage therapists come in. Congress discussed whether it would be a worth it–considering finances–to add this to the event. It was agreed that it would be more beneficial to use the money to finance other less expensive activities.
Congress motioned to vote to finance this activity.
Motion fails [Majority]
B. Secret Santa Presented by Meghan Couture
Congress will be having a Secret Santa activity at their last meeting of 2018 on the 30th of November. Meghan will be in charge of organizing it.
C. Job Fair Presented by Meghan Couture
Meghan is in contact with the person in charge of Alumni Affairs, who has found a few people who could potentially present at Marianopolis during the Job Fair. Congress discussed the best way to structure this activity, and decided to spread it out over two APs during a Job Fair week in early February 2019. One AP will be dedicated mainly to Sciences, and the other, to Social Sciences.
D. Fashion show and cultural events by Wenhan
Wenhan spoke about the approaching Cultural Committee-organized Fashion show. A post will be going up shortly to recruit participants. Furthermore, Fashionopolis has agreed to cover the event, and there could also be a potential collaboration with the Humans of Marianopolis initiative. Furthermore, Sophie spoke about the Charities and Volunteering Committee having a fundraising event selling Polaroids at the Fashion Show. Finally, it was agreed that the promotion of this event will start immediately after the Coffee House.
Wenhan then spoke about a series of other cultural events, including German cultural meetups at a cafe organized by a German teacher at the school; Congress agreed to help market this event.
E. Suit up day presented by Elizabeth Hua
Congress discussed whether or not to organize a suit-up day before it snows, and decided that the ideal date for this activity would be the 22nd of November.
Congress motioned to vote on having Suit-Up Day on November 22, 2018.
Motion to adjourn – Passed (unanimous)
This meeting was adjourned at 5:22 P.M.
Total duration: 1 hour and 1 minute.