Marianopolis Student Union Congress
2019-2020 Academic Year
|Location: Marianopolis College, on the traditional unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation
Day: February 28, 2020
Time of Start: 4:20 PM
|Facilitator: Aria Khiabani
Meeting Type: Weekly
Notetaker and timekeeper: Ying Chen/Zhenling Wang
|List of attendees (Congress members): Aria Khiabani, Amanda Morrone, Michael Chalkhoun, Cherry Sun, Zhaoran Wu, Laurence Liang, Steven Gong, Ying Chen, Ying Ge, Darya Jabbari, Misha Fotovati, Andrew Petrecca-Berthelet
Regrets: Zhenling Wang
List of attendees (guests): Mahin Sekendra
Student Services Representative: Trudy Ste-Croix
- Call to Order
The Regular Weekly Marianopolis Student Union (MSU) Congress Meeting of February 28, 2020, was convened at 4:20 PM by President Aria Khiabani.
- Roll Call of Members
The MSU Congress Members who are present at this meeting are: Aria Khiabani, Amanda Morrone, Michael Chalkhoun, Cherry Sun, Zhaoran Wu, Laurence Liang, Steven Gong, Ying Chen, Ying Ge, Darya Jabbari, Misha Fotovati, Andrew Petrecca-Berthelet
- Guests presented by Aria Khiabani
The guests who are present at this meeting are: Mahin Sekendra, a representative from the Marianopolis World Review, and Trudy Ste-Croix, the Student Services Representative.
- Approval of last meeting’s Minutes
The Minutes of the Regular Weekly MSU Congress Meeting of February 28, 2020 were written by Zhenling Wang. These Minutes were approved by Aria Khiabani on the 28th day of February 2020.
- Approval of the Agenda
The Agenda of this day’s meeting has been unanimously approved.
- Unfinished Business and General Orders
- New Business
- Composting Meeting PM presented by Laurence
The Green Mari initiative has held its first composting information meeting. Two Marianopolis students, Nathan Ng and Arash KH, are currently working with people from Concordia on how to treat waste and composting.
They have exchanged contact information and answered some questions regarding ways to make Marianopolis more compost-friendly.
They proposed to create an independent media platform to raise awareness about how to compost efficiently among the student population and to designate someone to manage the website regularly. Aria suggested that a Facebook group would be more effective.
The current problem of compost being infested with insects/maggots was presented. The group has decided to collaborate with a specific composting company to ensure the compost is picked up once a week.
- COAC Meeting PM presented by Laurence
At the COAC meeting at Dawson last Tuesday, representatives discussed activities happening at each school.
Vanier’s External Affairs proposes to bring back COAC Boat party, which will take place on a rented boat in the middle of a lake. The tickets will be priced at around $10-15 per ticket.
He would like to know about each student union’s potential interests in collaborating and how much they would like to contribute as part of the budget.
The capacity of the ship was not clearly indicated but Laurence has estimated it to be about 800 people. The boat might not be able to contain participants from all schools. Another potential downside of this party is the fact that it may create competition with MSU’s end of semester party, given that it has competed with it in the past.
- Black History Month Event pm presented by Darya
The black history month event took place during AP on Thursday. Darya was not able to attend because she wasn’t feeling well. The event was a collaboration between the social justice committee and Marianopolis Black Student Union.
In general, it went smoothly. The event was previously postponed and a reminder was posted only the day of the event. The time chosen for the event also happened to be a busy AP. Thus not many people attended the event, but those who came had a lot of fun with the activities planned. The slide show was a success and experienced no technical issues. The games went well as well. Some snacks are left for future uses. Darya suggests future events taking place in the student lounge to leave the doors open while setting up to attract more people.
- La Ceves Strike presented by Darya
Darya has met up with the initiators of the CEVES strike. So far students’ interests are shown to be high. They plan to organize a strike and ask people not to attend a regular school day. They have successfully recruited 100 signatures from students, which is the minimum required to oblige MSU to hold a General Assembly. In the GA, students will vote on either or not to have a referendum in regards to the strike, which will be posted on Omnivox. However, a GA is not confirmed to take place yet.
This case is more complicated than the climate strike since MSU is not collaborating with the college. This would trigger more problems when requesting to post the referendum on Omnivox through the college. MSU is not able to foresee what will happen next after the referendum.
La CEVES needs to inform people who have signed their petition of the exact purpose and proceedings of the strike, preferably in written text. MSU will ask the club to properly present the strike, if not already. MSU should also keep the Director-General updated.
La Ceves is also seeking assistance from MSU to request teachers to reschedule important exams that were supposed to take place on strike day to other days. However, it appears inconsistent with their principle of striking to request academic immunity.
Congress is considering requiring petition initiators in the future to consult the Coordinator of Student Advocacy before launching the petition. Michael also proposes to raise the minimum signatures required for GA to 200 or a certain percentage of the entire student population (ex: 10%).
In conclusion, La CEVES doesn’t seem to have a clear goal for now. Congress would prefer to meet with them first and validate the petition. The strike is expected to take place during transition week at the end of March, which leaves very little time for Congress to learn about the situation and make a decision on either to proceed with it or not. Moreover, many Congress members will be in Japan during the time between now and the strike day. Congress suggests discussing its concerns with la CEVES through meetings, voice calls or video calls as soon as possible. If the petition is considered to be invalid, they’ll have to start a new one.
Handing out flyers would not be the best way to raise general awareness about the strike in this case. What exactly to be included in the poster can be tricky in order to avoid mixed messages. Physical posters for students are also very non-environment friendly.
Congress members are once again reminded to mark the distinction between the Marianopolis Student Union and student congress as the MSU cannot be assumed to represent opinions of Congress or vice versa.
- Job Fair presented by Laurence
Laurence has booked the student lounge for a job fair on Thursday, March 12.
The limited time given for preparation is a general concern of Congress. Many people might not be available with such short notice. Congress would like to aim for the event to be as organized and prepared as possible. Trudy is suggesting to postpone the event by at least 2 weeks so Laurence can have a chance to maximize the number of employers who can attend.
Laurence will also consider employers who have posted job opportunities on the bulletin board.
- MSU Survey Results presented by Michael
Michael presented the MSU Survey results, which received 1040 responses in total.
There was a typo in the first question that could not be fixed.
Below are some results from the survey:
Overall, 11% of the student population does not know what Congress is, which is less than expected. 30% know what Congress does. 40.9% know Congress, but don’t know much about it, which requires future advertisement about Congress.
50% know where the Congress office is.
44% have heard about study nights, 54.9% are not very likely to attend study nights, 72 students said they are very likely to go.
43% requested more entertainment like hypnotism.
53.7% enjoyed movie screenings, which encourages more use of the movie license.
Coffee houses, casino nights, and free food events are very popular among students.
36% have an interest in MSU hoodies, 27% don’t, 37% maybe.
Congress will have to work hard on advertising.
People accept the price range to be between $30-40.
For students’ average study time per week, 17% of people study 0-5 hours a week, 12% study 16+ hours.
For students’ average hours for extracurriculars, 61.4% spend around 1-3 hours.
For students’ average work time per week, 47.9% of the population doesn’t work.
For time spent on commute, 15% spend over 2 hours, 28.5% spend between 30-60 minutes.
Michael will post these results in the Congress Facebook group.
Darya’s question about MSpeaks was unfortunately not included in the survey.
- Chris Funk presented by Andrew
Andrew has been watching videos of Chris Funk and suggests Congress to invite Chris Funk to perform at Marianopolis. He should cost around the same amount as Spidey.
Chris Funk is based in Vancouver and has previously performed at John Abbott.
On a side note, Spidey has posted many Tik Tok videos from his performance at Marianopolis.
- More sustainable utensils at Wayne’s
Alexia Dupuis proposes for Congress to purchase more sustainable utensils to give out at Wayne’s. Further details will be discussed.
Motion to adjourn – Passed (unanimously)
This meeting was adjourned at 5:30 P.M.
Total duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes