Small At­ten­dance, Big Mo­tions

Fall 2018 SSMU Gen­eral As­sem­bly Poorly At­tended

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On Oc­to­ber 29, about 50 stu­dents gath­ered in the New Res­i­dence Ball­room for the Fall 2018 Gen­eral As­sem­bly ( GA). Be­cause the quo­rum of 350 peo­ple was not reached, the Gen­eral As­sem­bly be­came a con­sul­ta­tive fo­rum. Any mo­tions ap­proved at the GA are now rec­om­men­da­tions await­ing rat­i­fi­ca­tion at the Novem­ber 1 Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil.

The con­sul­ta­tive fo­rum passed the nom­i­na­tion of Mem­bers at Large for the Board of Direc­tors and the Au­di­tor for the Fis­cal Year of 2019 for Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil to con­sider. Ex­ec­u­tives faced ques­tions about spend­ing in­curred by the af­ter­math of SSMU’S Hal­loween party at Mac­don­ald Cam­pus. Fol­low­ing stu­dents vom­it­ing and trash­ing the buses on the way to the event, the bus com­pany de­cided to not pro­vide re­turn trips. There is a clause in the bus com­pany’s con­tract al­low­ing them to refuse ser­vice if their buses are dam­aged. SSMU then told stu­dents to take cabs or Ubers, and that they would be re­im­bursed by SSMU for the trip. The cost of re­im­burse­ment was es­ti­mated by SSMU ex­ec­u­tives at the GA to be around $10,000. VP Ex­ter­nal Matthew Ma­claugh­lin jus­ti­fied the cost by ar­gu­ing that they could not let ev­ery­one pay for the mis­be­hav­ior of some.

Cur­rent SSMU Pres­i­dent, Tre Mans­do­er­fer, also pre­sented a “black­list” ini­tia­tive which would bar stu­dents who have demon­strated harm­ful be­hav­iour from par­tic­i­pat­ing at SSMU events.

Dur­ing the ques­tion pe­riod, ques­tions were raised re­gard­ing the newly dereg­u­lated in­ter­na­tional tu­ition for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. VP Univer­sity Af­fairs, Ja­cob Shapiro, re­sponded that SSMU ad­vo­cated for in­ter­na­tional tu­itions not to be raised for cur­rent stu­dents, but that they would be raised in­cre­men­tally for fu­ture stu­dents.

SSMU ex­ec­u­tives re­ported on their first semester, and on the new divi­sion of tasks since the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer VP Ex­ter­nal Ma­rina Cupido. All their in­di­vid­ual re­ports are avail­able at ssmu.ca/ gov­er­nance/gen­eral-as­sem­bly/ gen­eral-as­sem­bly-2018-2019.

Claire Gre­nier | The Mcgill Daily

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