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Factbox: IGNITE’s governance

A breakdown of governance items.

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FACTBOX

This is an overview of significant events from the beginning of the semester until now regarding IGNITE and its governance, in order of relevance.

A chronological order can be found on our updating timeline here.


Who’s who?

Ercolé Perrone is the executive director of IGNITE and the top paid staff. He has worked at the student union for over a decade.

The Board of Directors is a governing body made up usually of nine directors, but this year it is 10 because, for the first time, there is an Orangeville director.

The executives are made up of one president and a vice president from North and Lakeshore Campuses as well as the University of Guelph-Humber.


Fact
Board of Directors meetings will eventually cut off students permanently, officials said at a recent press briefing. This will likely be passed at the annual Special Meeting of the Members, which was pushed back to January 2020.

Why this matters?
Student press are not allowed inside Board meetings to record the conversations that happen around a multimillion dollar budget, among other governance discussions. Thus, there is no reporting on their decisions.

How does this impact you?
Students rarely go to Board meetings but student journalists often do, IGNITE’s executive director said on Oct. 4. Currently, only non-journalists can go but the times and locations of the meetings have been taken down.

Is there precedent?
No. IGNITE has never cut off student journalists from Board meetings permanently, only had two private sessions in the 1978-1979 academic year, according to the Humber Et Cetera.


Fact
IGNITE executives — the president and vice presidents of each major campus — will no longer be elected in the future, the executive director said on Oct. 4. This will likely be proposed in January at the Special Meeting.

Why this matters?
This is unprecedented for IGNITE and the Humber College student unions that proceeded it. Executives will be hired as part of a more corporate vision for IGNITE. Perrone said that this move is IGNITE “catching up” during the Oct. 4 press briefing.

How does this impact you?
Your executives, who carry out “initiatives” throughout the year to improve the student experience and represent you at the Board of Governors, other internal committees and external activities, will no longer be elected but hired. It is estimated that the president makes over $30,000.

Is there precedent?
Not recently at Humber College. However, there could be a student union somewhere in Ontario or across North America that hires its executives, but we haven’t found it yet. Perrone, by saying IGNITE was “catching up” by getting rid of executive elections, suggested there are other unions that do the same.


While the rest of the academic year will bring a lot of changes to student life, governance and IGNITE in general, The Avro Post will be here with impartial, facts-only reporting. ■

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Humber to mark violence against women day

A ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Humber College will on Friday mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with an Indigenous guest speaker.

The ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m., though the event page does not list a definite location.

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Top events on campus: Week of Dec. 1

Weekly round up of the top events at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber North for week of Dec. 1.

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This is our weekly round up of what we consider the top events that are happening at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber College North Campus. All events on campus are free unless stated otherwise. 

Monday, Dec. 2

Humber Networking Event

The Humber students of the Fitness and Health Promotion will be hosting the 2nd annual networking event. This event will feature presentations from three alumni of the program featuring their academic experience and their current career path. Refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North
More information:
Eventbrite

Friday, Dec. 6

Humber Spin-A-Thon 2019

The department of Health Wellness and Science will be hosting the 10th-annual United Way Spin-A-Thon. Donations will be accepted for the United Way Organization. Refreshments will be provided and there will be prizes to be won.

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North, Concourse E135
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Mental health resources are a tap away

Stress levels are rising as exams approach.

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There are a variety of websites and apps that will assist in students’ mental health and wellness throughout the school year and with exams approaching, stress levels are rising across the campuses of Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Last Saturday was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and it was designated to those who have lost individuals to suicide. It was also a day to take a moment to realize the individuals that have attempted suicide in their life, who may have committed suicide and many whom have thoughts about suicide.

Suicide is a topic that is rarely approached due to the stigma around mental health and the lack of knowledge that society may have.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, or SWAC, provided The Avro Post with a list of websites and apps that students can have access to on their own time.

Crisis and general support consists of The Lifeline, which is an app that provides you with a good amount of numbers to call or websites to attend, 7 Cups, a website and app that provides you access to online listeners and therapists. As a warning, 7 Cups may be triggering to some because the listeners are not professionally trained.

Be Safe: You deserve help is also another app option.

When depression and mood support is required, Stigma is an option that Android users can use, Intellicare, an app that consists of 12 mini apps may come to benefit, and there are mood trackers like Mind your Mood, Youper or Emoods Mood Tracker.

Anxiety can be managed through the support of apps such as: Stop, Breathe & Think, Self-Help for Anxiety, Mindshift and B2R – Breathe to Relax. One app that can support both depression and anxiety is Sanvello.

For stress management, there are apps like Healthy Minds, Happify, Headspace (for students there is a subscription that only costs $10 a year) and Calm.

The first semester of a long academic year is coming to a close, but there are supports available for the inevitable stress that comes with it. ■

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