AUS Coun­cil

Plans re­vealed for ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion of Lea­cock ter­race

The McGill Daily - - Contents - Lizzie Grieco News Writer

On Wed­nes­day March 22, the Arts Un­der­grad­u­ate So­ci­ety (AUS) Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil assem­bled for one of its fi­nal meet­ings of the aca­demic year. Coun­cil voted on a mo­tion to amend the AUS Eq­uity Pol­icy, ap­pointed re­place­ments for for­mer Arts Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Igor Sadikov and for­mer VP Fi­nance Deepak Pun­jabi, and dis­cussed new in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing pos­si­ble ren­o­va­tions to the Lea­cock ter­race.

Res­ig­na­tion of the VP Fi­nance

Be­fore giv­ing her rou­tine ex­ec­u­tive re­port, AUS Pres­i­dent Becky Gold­berg made a state­ment con­cern­ing Pun­jabi’s res­ig­na­tion, which oc­curred on March 20.

“There’s a lot of spec­u­la­tion spin­ning around about why Deepak re­signed,” she said. “Just to clar­ify, he found a job off cam­pus, that’s the rea­son. [...] It shouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily be en­cour­aged to find a job part way through an­other job, but I’m glad that he’s do­ing what he needs to do.”

This an­nounce­ment fol­lowed the pass­ing of a mo­tion to ap­point the Arts Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (FMC) Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Noah Lew to the po­si­tion of act­ing VP Fi­nance. Weeks ear­lier, Lew had been elected VP Fi­nance for the 2017-2018 aca­demic year.

Amend­ments to AUS Eq­uity Pol­icy

A mo­tion to amend the Eq­uity Pol­icy by­laws was moved by Amanda Hills of the Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Nick Milum from the In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and Eq­uity Com­mis­sion­ers Jad El Tal and Leah Damo. The pro­posed amend­ment stip­u­lated that AUS ex­ec­u­tives must un­dergo train­ing on con­sent, re­spond­ing to dis­clo­sures of vi­o­lence, and be­ing an ac­tive by­stander.

“We feel like it’s re­ally im­por­tant that stu­dent ex­ec­u­tives are re­ally pre­pared to han­dle the sit­u­a­tions that come their way,” noted Hills. “Es­pe­cially be­cause a lot of the events we run have al­co­hol and that re­ally af­fects the nature of con­sent.”

The mo­tion passed unan­i­mously, and with­out de­bate.

Ren­o­va­tions to Lea­cock ter­race

In his ex­ec­u­tive re­port, VP Aca­demic Erik Partridge re­vealed the Fac­ulty of Arts Com­mit­tee’s plan to ren­o­vate the Lea­cock ter­race to in­clude an am­phithe­ater. The project would in­volve a com­plete re-slop­ing of the area in or­der to in­cor­po­rate green space and a new out­door gath­er­ing place for stu­dents.

“This is some­what prob­lem­atic,” Partridge said, “be­cause it would be an am­phithe­ater prob­a­bly with­out a roof, and I don’t know how many of you [...] want to stay out­side in the mid­dle of the win­ter.”

This prompted a ques­tion re­gard­ing whether or not the ad­min­is­tra­tion had con­sid­ered us­ing the money to in­stead cre­ate an in­door study space which would be fully ac­ces­si­ble year-round.

“We sug­gested that they put some sort of po­ten­tial ceil­ing over it,” he re­sponded, “which they’re open to ex­plor­ing. It would def­i­nitely not be heated in the win­ter.”

It was made clear that the ad­min­is­tra­tion had al­ready gone far ahead with this project and it should soon be im­ple­mented de­spite these cri­tiques.

“It shouldn’t [...] be en­cour­aged to find a job part way through an­other job.”

—Becky Gold­berg, Pres­i­dent of the Arts Un­der­grad­u­ate So­ci­ety

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