Tagged committee of the whole

Students’ Union campaign rules hold back candidates

By Keean Bexte, March 15, 2016 — In this year’s Students’ Union election, 24.8 percent of students took time out of their day to go online and vote. This showing would be embarrassing for any municipal government, and it might put our claim to the highest Student Union voter turnout in the country in jeopardy….

UPass program wastes student money

By Keean Bexte, January 21, 2016 — Have you picked up your $130 transit sticker yet? If you are part of the 47 per cent of students who don’t use public transit as their preferred method of transportation, you might not know what I’m talking about. This is because the intention of Calgary Transit’s UPass…

Suing over MacHall is a selfish decision

By Keean Bexte, October 27, 2015 — I wonder what Geoffrey Cumming thinks about the legal battle that was just made public between the University of Calgary Students’ Union and administration. I only ask because he recently donated $100 million to the Faculty of Medicine, so he figuratively and literally has his name attached to the…

Rubber stamping doesn’t serve students

By Keean Bexte, October 6, 2015 — The Students’ Union is a machine where dissent is viewed more like a wrench in the engine instead of oil. This is, for obvious reasons, a problem that threatens the accountability of our student democracy. Generally speaking, Students’ Legislative Council (SLC) passes more than 80 resolutions annually. Last…

Student money needs more oversight

By Keean Bexte, September 3, 2015 — The University of Calgary Students’ Union touts transparency as one of it’s most important tenants. Yet the SU allows $333,780 of student money to be spent without public oversight on something called, “ancillary fees.” On top of the mandatory $65 general fee, students pay an extra $46 of…

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