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Clubs Summit Report, students give feedback on USC clubs system

In efforts to improve University Students’ Council (USC) operations and provide meaningful opportunities for students in the clubs system, the USC Clubs Summit was held. The event’s purpose was to garner feedback from leaders in the clubs system – addressing questions around club-related functions and identifying both what’s effective and what needs improvement. A summary of feedback delivered during the summit can be read HERE. The concerns raised in this report provide the USC with direction as it continues to reform the clubs system on campus. To submit further feedback, or to learn more about the clubs system, please contact the USC Communications Officer  or Vice-President Student Events. For further questions please contact: Kevin Hurren Communications Officer University Students’ Council communications@westernusc.ca 519-661-2111 ext....

Referendum on Propel, Western’s business accelerator, to come for 2016 USC elections

A referendum on Western’s business accelerator, Propel, will be coming to the 2016 University Students’ Council elections. Propel aims to expose students to concepts of entrepreneurship, encourage testing of ideas through hands-on experience and offer supports like mentorship. The program has existed for two years and has worked with over 130 student start-ups, largely funded through grants from the USC, Western, the Ontario government and external partnerships. Now, the program is hoping to move away from reliance on grants and instead is asking students to vote yes to a $4.89 student fee increase for Propel. “Our current funding model results in several constraints with respect to making our services available to all qualified and deserving student-based start-ups,” explained Ian Haase, Director of Propel. The most notable constraint is matching fund requirements from the Ontario Government. Before government grants are given to start-ups through Campus-Linked Accelerators, Propel has to match that support 2:1. If the referendum passes other Propel improvements will include an additional full-time staff member to handle intake, improved space in the Student Services Building and an expanded summer incubator program. Third-year Ivey students Ayush Vaidya and David Aideyan joined Propel last year to develop their audio content licensing start-up, Everest Media. “The biggest thing we got out of the program was an understanding of what we had the potential to achieve – we weren’t yet thinking like a business,” said Aideyan. Everest Media has now licensed content to over 1,300 musicians internationally, an amount of growth that both Vaidya and Aideyan attribute to Propel. “Digital marketing strategies, meeting people in the industry, pricing frameworks – these are...

Nominations for student council positions now open

Nominations for the University Students’ Council’s 2016 spring elections period are now open and will close on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Positions include USC President, USC Vice-President, USC Councillors and Faculty Council Presidents. Prospective candidates may retrieve Nomination Forms from the USC main office (UCC Room 340) or online on the documents page (HERE) under the “Elections” tab. Prospective candidates running for the position of Senator or on the Board of Governors may access nomination forms via the University Secretariat’s website HERE. Completed Nomination Forms and applicable bonds must be submitted to the USC main office prior to Friday, January 22, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Prospective candidates requiring financial assistance for the upcoming campaign period should make contact with Andrew Chorney, Chief Returning Officer, at cro@uscavp.com for further details. There will be a second elections information session on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (UCC 315) if you want to hear more about running or any of the roles. For all other elections-related inquiries, please contact the Chief Returning Officer (cro@uscavp.com). For further questions please contact: Kevin Hurren Communications Officer University Students’ Council communications@westernusc.ca 519-661-2111 ext....

New executive composition passed by council, to begin in second-term elections

On Wednesday, November 11, the University Students’ Council passed a motion changing the make-up of the executive council. Currently, the USC executive is comprised of a president, vice-president external, vice-president internal, vice-president student events, communications officer and secretary-treasurer. The adopted motion will see an executive made up of a president, vice-president, student programs officer, communications officer and secretary-treasurer. With these approved changes, the executive goes from a membership of six to five – with the internal and external portfolios merging to create a centralized and strengthened advocacy portfolio. Additionally, the student programs officer will take on greater responsibility with the services and programming of the USC, including the peer support, orientation and clubs programs. The new executive structure will be put into place for the upcoming spring election. Primary responsibilities for each role can be found below, along with the selection process also voted on during last night’s meeting. POSITION TITLE: PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER POSITION OVERVIEW: Represent the interests of the University Students’ Council and the undergraduate student body of Western University, providing strategic direction for the organization. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Act as Chairperson of the Executive Council and oversee all Executive resources. 2. Act as the chief advocate and representative for undergraduate students of Western University to all relevant stakeholders. These include, but are not limited to, Western University, the City of London, the provincial and federal governments, USC alumni, community partners and other external groups. 3. Respond to daily issues that affect the student population. 4. Collaborate with the Vice-President on advocacy and relations pertinent to the organizations advocacy goals. 5. Facilitate and oversee priorities that are set...

EnviroWestern distinguished by national EECOM award

EnviroWestern, the University Students’ Council’s sustainability group, was recently honoured by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM). The group, recognized for its creative campaigns and consistent turnouts, won in the category of Outstanding Post-Secondary Institution, Department, Program or Club. As a student-run operation of the USC, EnviroWestern aims to provide both programming and awareness to students at Western. EECOM’s announcement coincided with EnviroWeek at Western – a University Community Centre exhibition hosted by EnviroWestern to showcase eco-friendly initiatives on campus, in the local community and on the global stage. This year’s exhibition featured environmental documentary screenings, a campaign to promote the recycling and partnerships with ReForest London and Grocery Checkout. For the award, EECOM cites initiatives like EnviroWeek and Refill to Win as exceptional examples for campuses across Canada. This past year, Refill to Win diverted over 1400 single-use cups from landfill and recycling. “We’re very honoured to have received this award and want to make sure we engage even more students this year,” said Katherine Chien, USC’s EnviroWestern coordinator. “We really want to emphasize that anybody can be involved in these sustainability efforts.” This year’s planned activities will include Green Building Tours, a Food for Thought Gala, Campus Gardening opportunities and Waste Diversion campaigns. “It’s often difficult for student organizations to maintain a consistent service level from year to year due to the turn-over, but EnviroWestern does it,” explains Alex Benac, vice-president internal. “Their greenhouses thrive and their initiatives succeed because of their dedication and determination.” EnviroWestern invites students to engage with their initiatives and project teams through their website and social media pages. For...

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