Last night your two PAPM representatives for the Carleton Academic Student Government attended the first CASG Council meeting of 2015. Here’s a summary of the highlights from last night’s meeting:
- President John Mesman talked to MacOdrum Library about two major issues:
- Many students complained that the library did not operate 24/7 during exam season (closed early on some days), a situation that was made confusing by the library advertising itself as being open 24 hours without any caveats
- Mesman also expressed students’ concerns that when several areas of the library close during the 24-hour period (e.g. Discovery Centre, silent study floors) it leaves many students without room to study in the library
- In response to this, the Library will run a test project where they will stay open for 24 hours (likely during the peak midterms period in February) and track the level of usage for library spaces and resources.
- The Academic Initiative Fund is starting up again for the Winter semester. Clubs and societies looking to run events with an academic focus can apply to the AIF for funding!
- Carleton has finally received its license, so this is officially happening!
- CASG has set up its TEDxCarleton committee, which includes PAPM rep Jerry Zhao as the Promotions Director
- CASG voted to change the structure of its Scholarship Fund
- The current structure provides 15 scholarships of $500 each to undergrads who meet a CGPA criteria and have been selected by the Scholarship Committee
- The changes create 10 scholarships of $400 each based solely on grades, as well as 4 other scholarships of $500 each for students who not only have good grades but also show “academic excellence and hard work portrayed through leadership” in an academic society
- Council passed an amendment to add a section to the President’s responsibilities, as listed in the CASG Constitution, which stated that (s)he must not show bias or favouritism towards their own faculty or department. This is already an implicit and expected rule, but the amendment serves to formalize the expectations