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IGNITE highlights the Board of Directors

A pair of directors are interviewed.

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IGNITE on Thursday highlighted two members of its Board of Directors in a new blog post as part of an effort to promote the top decision-making body of the student union, made up of elected representatives from Humber College campuses and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Neto Naniwambote, North director and chairperson of the Board, and Nav Sidhu, the first and only director from Orangeville, were interviewed by staff writer Andrew Slock, a third year public relations student. Sidhu is also the vice chairperson.

The pair of directors gave some insight into why they wanted to join the Board, what items they have voted on during meetings and what they hop to accomplish by the end of their terms.

“When the executive director presents a budget, what are you looking for in orders to approve it” and “what questions are you asking” were asked in the article.

Only Naniwambote answered the question, saying that “when it comes to managing money that comes from students, everyone at the college wants to ensure it’s used responsibly”, adding that directors “access every line item”.

“Then we consider the budget as a whole, and ask questions like, ‘which program or service are we focusing on most and why?’ or ‘is there an area we should reduce spending to benefit another program?’, the director said.

Both directors answered a question asking what specific items is the Board voting on this year so far and how they tie into the organization at large.

Naniwambote highlighted the move to hire IGNITE’s student executives instead of elect them so that they can be held to “a higher degree of accountability.”

Sidhu said that “with the introduction of the Student Choice Initiative by the Ontario government, we’ve had to completely revamp IGNITE’s organizational goals”, which was the same statement she was quoted for in Tuesday’s press release officially announcing the bylaws.

“Other than that, we’re exploring ways to encourage students to opt-in for IGNITE’s optional fees in order to improve their college experience,” she added.

Sidhu responded to a question about the working relationship between the Board and the executive team, which is made up of an elected president and vice presidents, calling it “friendly and professional”, making it easy to “collaborate on projects”.

When asked what he has accomplished in his role that he is proud of, Naniwambote said it was the student union’s relationship with student journalists.

We know they have a lot of questions about our organization, so we invited them to meet with the board and executive teams for a Q&A session,” he said, referencing the Oct. 4 press briefing where reporters were encouraged not to record or take photos.

“We had really positive group discussions and the students seemed to appreciate the opportunity,” he added. The briefing was held only after significant backlash from student journalists at the Humber Et Cetera and The Avro Post after IGNITE blocked a reporter from a Board meeting in September.

His statement comes 16 days after IGNITE President Monica Khosla said that The Avro Post would be cut off from media requests and the monthly briefings unless the publication obtained a faculty advisor.

Director Naniwambote was asked about what he considers to be IGNITE’s most significant accomplishment as an organization. He responded by pointing out the pay-what-you-can soupbar and the free menstrual kits as “big accomplishments” that are not offered by other colleges.

The menstrual kit initiative was driven by former Vice President of Lakeshore Allisa Lim.

It is unclear how exactly the soupbar came to be, but a former vice president was elected on a platform that focused on bringing back the Linx Lounge bar and was halted in his tracks due to earlier planning for the soupbar.

The pair of directors also answered questions about their role models, what animal they would be and more. ■

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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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