Eli Ridder | Report
The student union for Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber released “a year in review” video highlighting the amount of students IGNITE interacted with throughout the year with different programs and services.
There were “79 part-time student staff” in “15 different roles” and “26 students in leadership roles”, 54 clubs for students to join across North and Lakeshore Campuses and 120 student articles published on their website.
“The 2018-2019 [school year] brought a lot of exciting change,” IGNITE wrote in the caption, highlighting the accessibility focus groups spearheaded by President Monica Khosla to the pay-what-you-can soupbar.
“At the same time, we know that this year has presented its challenges when it comes to cuts to OSAP and the launch of the Students’ Choice Initiative,” the post continued, referencing changes to student financial life mandated by the progressive Conservative provincial government.
“It’s more important than ever that we continue to stand up for the rights of students and pushback against those that tell us otherwise. It’s our mission to make your student experience the best it can be. See you in September!”
IGNITE, along with its counterparts across Ontario, could see a reduction in its operating budget as optional student fees coming into play this fall could cut off parts of its funding. Previously, students would pay around $75 in fees to the student union.
A 10 per cent cut was made to overall tuition costs while grants were cut back so all students have to take a minimum of some loans from the Ontario Student Assistance Program.
Image of IGNITE from previous files.