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ARG to appeal IGNITE decision, continue unofficially

The Academic Reform Group said during its weekly meeting that it will meet with IGNITE officials as it continues unofficially and plans to move ahead with the appeal process to be reinstated as an official club, a status they lost on Monday.

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The Academic Reform Group said during its weekly meeting that it will meet with IGNITE officials as it continues unofficially and plans to move ahead with the appeal process to be reinstated as an official club, a status they lost on Monday.


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According to the statement of de-ratification that they received from IGNITE, it was the result of several violations including a complaint from a University of Guelph-Humber staff along with IGNITE employees.

It follows an investigation into a grade drop experienced by Psychology Program students in their third year enrolled in Dr. Masood Zangeneh’s PSYC 3150 course.

It was in GH 234, officially known as the Leadership Lounge located on the second floor of Guelph-Humber, where two ARG members held an urgent 3 p.m. public meeting to discuss the news that IGNITE had cut them from the club list, among other items.

President Hannah Derue said ARG had multiple qualms with IGNITE against their record: one for holding a meeting without informing the clubs coordinator, another for putting up unapproved posters and a complaint from a Guelph-Humber staff member.

Ms. Derue showed media on Monday morning the emails she had sent to IGNITE after being informed of the meeting violation where she wrote she was confused and unaware that small meetings had to be submitted to the student association.

Derue explained that the clubs coordinator was also “disappointed in the [club’s] transparency” in the meeting violation email, where the coordinator said ARG’s initiatives were not the ones agreed to when the club was created.

The coordinator that they had found out the reform group’s initiatives from other clubs and administration, explaining that the objectives of ARG could be too close to IGNITE-chosen Academic Program Representatives that bring student issues to administration.

“We’re the only transparent student group on campus,” Derue said after the meeting, explaining that APR meetings are set behind closed doors, a fact The Avro Post was able to confirm.

“To say that we were not transparent in our conduct as a student group is unfounded,” Derue wrote in an email to the clubs coordinator she sent to the press pool designated for media covering the ARG.

Late last week, the Academic Reform Group put up posters on the Humber College North Campus without being approved by IGNITE, but Derue said she did not realize there was a poster approval process for IGNITE clubs as there was no form for it.

When Derue emailed the clubs coordinator for more information on how to go about the proper way of putting up posters on campus on Friday, IGNITE did not respond until Monday morning when they sent the “de-ratification” email.

The president and Vice President of Correspondence Kayla Terciera published a press release shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday where they stated the Academic Reform Group would continue unofficially until they could appeal to the IGNITE Board of Directors.

IGNITE cited parts of the clubs code that addressed holding unapproved events and breach of clubs policy in the termination letter.

It also charged the ARG of “committing an offence or engaging in an activity that damages the reputation of IGNITE” without further expansion.

“This action follows a complaint from the University of Guelph-Humber staff as well as IGNITE employees,” the de-ratification notice read.

Ms. Derue said that this could be have been a complaint in response to the joint-investigation carried out by the Academic Reform Group and The Avro Post published last week.


More details to follow. Edited by Kaela Johnson. By Eli Ridder and Fredrik Lariviere. Image of the Leadership Lounge by Fredrick Lariviere/The Avro Post. 

Editor’s Note: President of ARG Hannah Derue and Eli Ridder are a couple and therefore Fredirick Lariviere and Kayla Johnson were brought in for accountability, accuracy and to nullify any conflict-of-interest.  ■

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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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