Thursday, November 02, 2017

Council Recap: October 27th, 2017

The last meeting of the Kwantlen Student Association was held on the Langley campus.  It was the first meeting for the new councillors elected in the by-election.
Here are the FIVE things you NEED to know from this week's’ Council:

General Manager Jeremy McElroy promised to shave his beard in a “reverse” Movember if enough money was raised.  Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. McElroy mentioned that with the number of students and staff at KPU, if everyone donated $.50, it would not take long to raise a large amount of money.
As the meeting adjourned just before 1 pm, many members of Council decided to pay a visit to KPU’s Brewing program, and sample the beer they had available for tasting.  The Brewing program is open for tasting on Fridays from 1 to 5 pm.  The KSA often features KPU Brewing program beers on tap in the Grassroots cafe.

During his report, Vice President, Student Life, Jay Reedy, reviewed some of the ideas for events that were collected at Welcome Week on all four campuses.  He highlighted one of his personal favourites, pug raves.  He is not sure that he will be able to throw a pug rave during his term, but hopes to attend one one day.

The Speaker of Council, Titus Gregory, gave his ruling that Joseph Thorpe will continue to hold the position of Queer Representative on Council.  Thorpe was appointed to the position at the AGM last spring, and the wording of his appointment was that he fill the position until it was filled in by a by-election.  No candidates ran for the position of Queer Representative in the by-election, and so it was not filled.  

Of the other representatives appointed at the AGM, Munir Dossa successfully ran for the Students of Colour Representative position and will continue to sit on Council.  The positions of Richmond Representative, Langley Representative, Design Representative, Science and Horticulture Representative, Aboriginal Representative and International Representative have been filled by new councillors.  

The three new councillors who were in attendance at Council swore their oaths of office.  Emily Haugen, Damanpreet Garcha and Bilan Hassan swore and signed their oaths, which state:
In view of the trust that the students of Kwantlen Polytechnic University have vested in me, as well as my own personal sense of honour and duty, do solemnly affirm to fulfill my responsibilities as a Councilor of the Kwantlen Student Association. I will do everything in my power to uphold and respect the Constitution,
Bylaws, Regulations, and Policies of the Kwantlen Student Association. I am aware that my primary reporting responsibility is to Council, and that Council has the authority to reprimand me if I fail to perform my duties in a satisfactory manner. If a conflict of interest arises in which I, as a Councilor, have the opportunity to exercise an official power or duty in ways that can lead to personal gain or advantage of any kind, I will relinquish my right to participate in the decision-making process. I will engage in open and honest debate in a process where I am guided by truth and fairness. I will never purposely misrepresent facts in dealing with constituents, other representatives, and the Kwantlen community in an effort to achieve my goals. In executing my office, I will seek out and voice effectively the interests and concerns of the student body, so as to offer the student body a vehicle through which to address issues and improve the quality of life at Kwantlen for all students.

The full minutes of this meeting, and all other KSA Council and Committee meetings, are available after approval on

- Kelsey (KSA Records Coordinator & Archivist)

Check back each week post-Council for Kelsey's list of 'The FIVE things you NEED to know from Council.'

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