Hey guys! Most importantly, this week the AUS Council passed a motion to increase the max hours per week an AUS Executive can get paid if they are under Work Study. The limit was increased for 10 hours per week to 20 hours per week. Though a similar motion was previously withdrawn by its movers, this motion followed an equity complaint that was received by the AUS Equity Commissioners, which stated that AUS Council should not be the body judging matters of financial equity and accessibility. Though I was strongly in support of the issue going to referendum (so that the entire AUS student population could vote on it), AUS Council passed the motion as it was, and the number of hours the Executives was increased through Council. To say the least, this is a convoluted and multi-layered issue, so I highly encourage you to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have concerns or questions about the motion. Moreover, feel free to come to my office hours on Thursdays at 10-11 if you want to chat about what happened!
The following motions were also passed at this week’s AUS GC:
1) Motion Endorsing Imposition of FIOs for CLAS 348 – This motion will impose an extra non-tuition fee for students registered in CLAS 348. The fee will cover the students’ trip to Greece.
2) Motion to Ratify Accountability Bylaw Book – This will impose a variety of accountability measures of AUS Executives, including a requirement to make their schedules public. Look forward to updates regarding the accountability bylaws, and pass on any potential accountability measures you may think of to Jessica at email@example.com. The Bylaw Book can be amended at any point through AUS Council.
3) Motion to Adopt Standing Rules at AUS Council – Through this motion, Council can be made more efficient without restricting anyone’s voice. Most importantly, new business will now be presented before the Executive reports so all motions are assessed properly.
4) Motion for Amend IDSSA Constitution – Amendment to article 3.4: IDSSA members no longer require permission to sit in on IDSSA executive meetings. Moreover, IDSSA Executives will now be mandated to attend IDSSA events.
5) Motion to Convene Ad-Hoc Human Resources Committee – this committee will consist of Councilors and the general student population. The committee will be reviewing AUS’s current HR practices. E-mail Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining, and I’ll be able to pass your name on to the appropriate parties!
6) Motion for Departmental Association to Send Budgets to Constituents – An email regarding all important budget information will be sent to all constituents of each department. This email will include: a link to the current budget, a summary of the greatest expenses and a summary of executives’ expenditures. The AUS VP Finance will also look to have AUS budget sent out to all constituents by January 23, 2015. In light of this new requirement, the BASiC VP External will be passing an amendment to BASiC’s Financial Bylaws at the upcoming Arts & Science Assembly on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm (in the McLennan 5th floor meeting room), so come out if you have anything to say on the matter!
7) Motion to Oppose Quebec Government’s Austerity Measures – Considering the Quebec government’s recent budget cuts, is likely that some departments will experience course cuts, so AUS Councillors have decided to take a stand against current austerity measures.
8) Motion Not to Cap Work Study Hours – currently, the Work Study decides on the hourly caps of student workers based on the number of hours per week a professor applies for. Council has does not want to appear as though we are more aware of students’ financial situation than Work Study.
Here’s some other important info discussed at Council:
• AUS FMC members are retroactively going through receipts and fixing the Frosh budget.
• Further information about the potential Arts Internship Office (AIO) fee was presented by Dean Manfredi at the AUS Town Hall (which occurred right before AUS Council). Dean Manfredi highlighted how the AIO does not just provide internship opportunities to AUS students, but it also provides students with work at the AIO while they are studying at McGill and after they graduate. $1.5M will be generated from student fees, while the remaining $3.5M will be generated from donors. The Dean hopes that the fee will start being collected as of September 2015. Many concerns were brought up about the size of the fee ($67) and how few students actually benefit form the fee; Council will continue to discuss how to tackle the size of the fee (possible mention of extending the fee collection process beyond 5 years).
• Lastly, a new AUS VP Social was voted through an appointment at Council. Congratulations to Johanna, the new AUS VP Social!
Hope studying is going well for everyone! 🙂
– Jessica Drozd (BASiC VP External) & Jessica Ojiaku (BASiC External Affairs Committee Member)