Author: Erik Preston

VUSAC ratifies omnibus referenda, new levy heads at final meeting

  On Friday night, VUSAC held its final meeting of the 2015-2016 school year. Following an election season plagued by poor turnout, VUSAC’s constitution required both the new VUSAC board and several referenda to be ratified by the existing council. The VUSAC constitution requires a 15 percent VCU turnout for elections, and a 10 percent turnout for referenda, for the results to be considered binding. Neither of these thresholds were met in the election. The VUSAC office was packed with nearly 40 people, as incoming and outgoing levy heads gathered for ratification of their successors and to argue for the ratification of the referendum to increase levy funds in line with the Consumer Price Index. Levy funds have not increased in over ten years, necessitating that almost every levy fund use most of their budgets to cover fixed costs. Some levies, such as Acta Victoriana, have gone over budget this school year as a result. For example, in previous years, The Strand has been able to print 4,000 copies of each issue, a figure that has now been reduced to 1,800 due to budget constraints. Allowing the levy fund to increase with the Consumer Price Index would allow for an increase with inflation, allowing for budgets to increase with inflation and remain at a constant level. A lengthy debate surrounding the validity of the referenda results ensued as a result...

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New VUSAC Board Announced for 2016-17 School Year

Official results for the 2016 VUSAC Elections were posted on Friday, concluding what has been an interesting and at times controversial election season. Rahul Christoffersen and Stuart Norton were elected Co-Presidents with 312 votes, achieving a 66% share of the vote. Steve Warner was elected Vice-President, External, along with Golda Greenspoon as Vice-President, Internal and Hannah Brennen as Vice-President, Student Organizations, who, together with the Co-Presidents comprise the judiciary of the 2016-17 VUSAC Board. The new judiciary brings a wide variety of experience to the new council, both from previous VUSAC positions and from other student governments. Warner served...

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VUSAC Elections 2016: William Cuddy, Vice-President Internal Candidate

  I sat down with Vice President, Internal candidate William Cuddy to talk about his experience and his plans for the position if elected.   The Strand: What sort of experience and skills do you bring to the table?   Will: Well, I’ve been on VUSAC for two years now. I was a Councillor in my first year, and I was also a Councillor in my second year. I was a student leader in my high school as well. In the two councillor positions, I dealt with a couple different portfolios. The ones I worked with ended up dealing...

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VUSAC Elections 2016: Golda Greenspoon, Vice-President Internal Candidate

I sat down with Vice-President, Internal candidate Golda Greenspoon to discuss her experience, and what she intends to bring to the role of VPI on VUSAC in the next year.   The Strand: What sort of skills and experience do you bring to the table as VPI?    Golda: I have two years of experience on VUSAC. In my first year at Vic, I was a Councillor on VUSAC, which means I was doing a bunch of different things. My focus was on Highball that year, so with the Scarlet & Gold Commissioner. I was also the Finance Chair’s...

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VUSAC Elections 2016: Steve Warner, Vice-President External Candidate

  I sat down with Steve Warner, candidate for the position of Vice-Presidet, External to talk about his experience that he brings to the table, as well as his goals and aspirations for the role.   What sort of skills and experience do you bring to the table?    The role of VPE largely deals with three areas: residences, Dean’s office and administration, and the UTSU. So I bring two main areas of experience. In the last year I have been on the Victoria College Council, with Gabe [current Co-President of VUSAC], Alex [current Vice-President, External], and others. Through...

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