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May meeting minutes reveal how chair was appointed

Three directors put their names forward.

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Left to right: Nav Sidhu, Neto Naniwambote, Erika Caldwell. File photos via IGNITE.

The Board of Directors, as is custom, chose their chair at the first meeting of the new term, but the meeting minutes finally released this week, likely Wednesday, gave some insight into how Neto Naniwambote won the Board leadership at the May session.

There were two rounds of voting, implying that it was a ranked ballot system used for the process. A ranked ballot is when voters mark the available choices by preference and the last place individual in every round is eliminated until a candidate gains over 50 per cent of the vote.

There were three Board directors interested in the chair position: Naniwambote of North Campus, Erika Caldwell of the University of Guelph-Humber and Nav Sidhu, the first-ever and lone Orangeville representative.

They each got a chance, in alphabetical order, to “provide a short speech” and to “answer any questions from fellow Board members testing their leadership experience”, according to the meeting minutes.

For the first round, Caldwell and Naniwambote tied at three apiece, while Sidhu received one vote and was knocked out of the running. It’s unclear if there was another vote with just the remaining pair or if a director marked Naniwambote as a second choice, but ended up winning the chair.

For vice-chairperson, there were four running: Caldwell and Sidhu returned with Eden Tavares of North and Asiya Bashir Awan of Lakeshore coming in as fresh faces. The voting only took one round as Sidhu gathered four ballots and the other three took one vote apiece.

The meeting minutes for both May and September were posted on the IGNITE Governance page at some point Tuesday or Wednesday. The older minutes have not been re-published after they were taken down earlier this year without warning.

Meeting minutes from September that were posted at the same time as the May minutes showed that the incoming slate of major bylaw amendments that will be voted on at a Special Meeting of the Members in January were passed by the Board of Directors on Sept. 11, a significant sign off by elected student representatives. ■

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Ambulance on campus for the 3rd time in 7 days

Police and ambulance services

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Cruisers in front of the LRC.

An ambulance and three Toronto Police vehicles were on campus on Wednesday afternoon for around one hour, marking at least the third time within seven days that emergency services have been spotted on campus.

It did not appear the ambulance was used during the hour or longer that it was parked in front of the Learning Resource Commons at the front of North Campus.

Two cruisers were parked in front, a police SUV and multiple campus security vehicles were in and out of the area.

The ambulance and police SUV departed campus at 3:40 p.m. while the first cruiser departed soon after. The final cruiser departed after 4 p.m. and no details were immediately available.

An ambulance was in front of the Learning Resource Commons a week ago as a male patient was carried out on a stretcher. On Sunday night, an ambulance was spotted in front of Residence T Building.

The Avro Post has reached out for details from Humber College. ■

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IGNITE Board to meet again in a hidden location

The student union has hidden exact locations since September.

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IGNITE’s Board of Directors, made up of elected student representatives, will be meeting on Wednesday evening at the University of Guelph-Humber, according to a schedule posted earlier this year by the student union, but no exact location or time has been made public.

The Board meeting locations were removed by the student union in September after paid staff blocked a reporter from The Avro Post from entering that month’s gathering of directors, a meeting that later turned out to be of major significance.

The Avro Post attempted to find the meeting in October but was unsuccessful. According to the IGNITE bylaws, the directors have to hold a majority vote to kick a student from the meeting, including student journalists. They are also required to post the meetings publicly.

However, IGNITE has rules currently on its Governance webpage that instruct students, who are classified as members of the union, to reach out to the executive director to obtain access to the meetings, bending the rules of their own bylaws.

If the meeting is indeed held in the University of Guelph-Humber, the typical location for the Board to gather is the conference room found by the entrance doors to the university in the Atrium. ■

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‘This is Garbage’ exhibit launches Thursday

It will be revealed in Lakeshore Campus.

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Garbage will be at the centre of the “This is Garbage” exhibit reveal at Humber College Lakeshore Campus on Thursday.

Sanda Van Ruymbeke will speak on critical analysis and explore the perception and constructs related to discarding material the way society does.

Ruymbeke will look at what contribution can one’s artistic practice make to challenge cultural perceptions and re-imagine the possibilities and value of garbage.

Sandra and Constant Van Ruymeke collaborated for the exhibit, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre.

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