This week I was only in the office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday due to Tuesday being a public holiday and working an extended shift on Monday too (gotta pay the bills!). That being said, the week was still productive.
On Wednesday we had our first council meeting for the year. To be able to open the meeting it needs to be quorate. This means that we need at least half + 1 of the representatives sitting on council to be present. If quorum is not reached within 30 minutes of the meetings set time, then the meeting cannot be opened and needs to be recalled. Unfortunately we were one person short to open the meeting. This was very frustrating as we had important motions to pass. We were able to have general discussion though which was beneficial to those who did attend. We have no rescheduled our meeting to next Tuesday at 10am. I’m confident that we will have enough attendance at this meeting as people are back from holidays and more aware of what is going on.
Our main priority is planning for Orientation at the moment. Things are looking good but of course there is much more to be done. We are soon interviewing for our part-time Activities and Promotions Officer so that will be a big help.
The University has finally contacted us with a funding proposal for 2016 (better late than never right?) but it’s only a 5% increase on last year, an amount too small to fund our essential services and activities. Our funding amount is smaller than SSAA’s surplus which simply is not right. We have been told though that this is not open for negotiation. What a joke. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on what happens here. Although the University doesn’t necessarily think so, I believe students have a right to know how their SSAF fee is being spent. I encourage transparency. Although last year’s President was warned not to speak out against the university regarding their SSAF consultation process, I will continue to stand up for students!