Author: Erik Preston

VUSAC Elections 2016: Stuart Norton and Rahul Christoffersen, Co-Presidential Candidates

For some Victoria College students, not only does March mean final essays, exams, and assignments, it means election season. It’s a time where these students spend the majority of their time preparing for and executing a week-long election cycle where they attempt to convince fellow Victorians to elect them as their student leaders for the next twelve months. I sat down with co-presidential candidates Stuart Norton and Rahul Christofferson to talk about their campaign and their plans for their presidency if elected.   What sort of skills and experience do the two of you bring to the table?   ...

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Scholarships 101

With Reading Week now behind us, the 2015-16 academic year will soon come to a close. For many, the ending of one school year inevitably leads to the question of how to pay for the next one. As tuition prices continue to soar, and with the City of Toronto no less expensive to live in, this question becomes more daunting every year. But where certain voids in funding exist, there are resources available to fill them at Victoria College and the University of Toronto. Millions of dollars in bursary and scholarship money are available to students at Vic to...

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Vic’s Newest Club Helps Students Navigate Difficult Scholarship Market

New this year to Victoria College, the Scholarship and Grant Writing Club aims to help students navigate the broad market for supplemental funding. Founder Spencer McMurray, a Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies student from Victoria College, received official club recognition in November and has just recently begun operations, having held only one meeting so far. “We deal with anything related to student funding, whether that be bursary applications, research funding applications, or even applications for internships and student projects.” Currently, the only effective resource when it comes to scholarship and bursary funding is the registrar office of each college....

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Folks, Folks, Folks: We Have a New Board Structure

Whether through social media, casual conversations about student politics over lunch, or even through this paper, we have all heard in one way or another about the board structure problem that has plagued our student union for the past year. On Wednesday, November 18th, this issue was resolved. An overwhelming majority ratified the  proposal put forward by Khrystyna Zhuk and Daman Singh this past Wednesday. But highlighting the events of the AGM, despite how entertaining it was, is not the purpose of this article. Vic’s efforts in finding a board structure that complies with the Canadian Not-For-Profit Corporations Act...

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UTSU: What’s Next?

The UTSU’s Annual General Meeting ended without a new board structure in place, thereby continuing the UTSU’s non-compliance with the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. After two years’ worth of negotiations among campus groups and three different board structure proposals, the question that remains is: What comes next? “A lot of people have been asking that recently—are certain divisions on campus just fundamentally different from each other? … Maybe there should be a conversation about how to further parcel out representation in the UTSU. But right now, that’s not a productive topic,” VUSAC Co-President Ben Atkins said in an interview. “The only way forward, to preserve our union, is to improve it. And the way to do that is to pass the proposal that has already been elected by the majority of students.” The selected board structure, proposed by Khrystyna Zhuk and Daman Singh, was expected to pass both election and ratification votes after months of development and negotiations from not only St. George campus groups, but also representatives from UTM. The proposal passed the election vote, which required a simple majority, but did not pass the ratification vote, which required a two-thirds supermajority. UTSU’s representation of over 44,000 undergraduate and professional faculty students, within seven different colleges and two different campuses means that many interests are at play, which has made the selection and ratification of a new board...

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