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Afonso: Re-open pub, offer space to GH

Vice President-designate Jeremy Afonso aims to re-open the LinX Lounge pub at Humber College and vows to open new quiet study spaces that he says Guelph-Humber students will appreciate, citing overcrowding at the university. 

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Vice President-designate Jeremy Afonso aims to re-open the LinX Lounge pub at Humber College and vows to open new quiet study spaces that he said Guelph-Humber students will appreciate, citing overcrowding at the university. 


IGNITE election results 2018

No candidate won majority


Mr. Afonso’s campaign focused on re-opening the long-closed pub that used to serve alcoholic drinks at North Campus along with promoting academic advocacy following the faculty union strike that hit Ontario’s 24 public colleges last fall.

In a tight race where he was only 96 votes ahead of Jason Hyatt, Afonso won the vice presidency to represent North Campus at IGNITE for the next academic year on Friday with 1557 votes in favour.

He also campaigned on opening more quiet study spaces, a platform item the vice-president-designate told The Avro Post would benefit those attending the University of Guelph-Humber.

“The truth stands that a lot of students from GH actually come over to Humber North Campus in order to get all their studies, make sure that their entertainment needs are fulfilled and make sure that they can make friends on campus,” Afonso told The Avro Post.

“At the end of the day, a lot of people at [Guelph-Humber] feel that [the university is] way too crowded.”


‘Bounced back’

Jeremy Afonso said the Ontario College’s Marketing Competition took a lot of effort for him to get into but was cancelled due to the five week college faculty strike, however, he said he “bounced back” from disappointment.

“No matter how many times you fall down, it really matters how many times you get back up and how many you keep running back to your objectives.”

Afonso told The Avro Post that academic advocacy was what many students looked for in the aftermath of the union strike.

“A lot of people want certain things to change, and that was not offered last year,” he said on Friday.

“I think that people came out to speak their voice, because they know what is right, and they know that what I was campaigning for actually makes a difference.”


More details to follow. Image of one of Jeremy Afonso’s campaign posters from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post. 

I feel very shocked and Im very happy

I ppride myself on being partially a marketing student, cause I really think that helped out with the campaign a lot and made sure that people understand what Im running for, made sure that my voice is heard, and make sure that everyone elses voice is heard 20 times louder

Whyd you campaign stand out

On to pof the fact that there was a lot more population than last year I think that the fact reamins that a lot of people want certain things to change. and that was not offerd last year.

I lolt of what I advsocated this year including the pub and academic advocacy really hit people hard in terms of the strike

“I think that people came up to speak their voice because they know what is right and they know that what I was campaigning for actually makes a difference. ■

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Humber monitoring coronavirus outbreak

There are no special actions at this time.

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Humber College said it is monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak and its “potential impact on the institution” in a statement posted online last week and updated on Monday.

Toronto Public Health told the college that “there are no particular actions required” at this time.

A special group tasked with keeping the campus community informed on the latest precautions for the virus has been established, made up of stakeholders from various departments and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Humber points students, staff and faculty to the Ontario Ministry of Health website’s dedicated webpage for updates.

The college’s announcement also asked that those on campus “wash their hands as frequently as possible” due to it being the winter flu season.

As of Tuesday morning in Ontario, there is one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, one “presumptive” case and 11 cases under investigation. ■

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Nominations open for 2020 IGNITE elections

Nomination packages are due by Feb. 14.

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IGNITE on Tuesday posted details and nomination packages for its 2020 elections on social media, setting up its first ever election without executive positions.

There are 10 positions open for students to run for, all on the Board of Directors.

There are four positions open at North Campus, three seats at Lakeshore, two open at Guelph-Humber and a sole position available at Orangeville.

All nomination packages are due by Feb. 14 and can be filled out on the elections webpage. ■

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Bell Let’s Talk Day coming to Humber

Bell let’s talk day will be coming to Humber on Jan. 29.

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Bell will be bringing their yearly Let’s Talk event to Humber College this week.

Let’s Talk Day is a national day of raising awareness about mental health and furthering the conversation of acceptance, support and to decrease stigma.

The day also encourages the use of various platforms including social media to engage individuals. Bell also donates money to mental health funds based on messages sent throughout the day on their cellular network and social media posts.

Bell will be hosting two events at both Humber North and Lakeshore Campuses on Jan. 29.

The first event will be held at North in the LRC, starting at 10 a.m. and finishing at 12 p.m. The second event will be held at Lakeshore in A170 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is open to both Humber and Guelph-Humber student

Students who wish to contribute to the cause can make a tweet, a social media video, use Bell’s Facebook frame or Snapchat filter and also use the hashtag #BellLet’sTalk on social media. ■

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