Nominations open, but no rule changes made

Devan C. Tasa, News Editor  Ω

Nominations have opened for student representatives on the university’s two most powerful elected bodies, but there has been no change to the rules that contributed to problems in last year’s elections.

Students interested in running for the board of governors, which oversees items like the university’s management, operations and buildings, or the senate, which handles its academic aspects like creating and deleting new courses and degrees, must submit a nomination form to OM1155 by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Voting will take place online from Nov. 20 to 30.

Yet the elections are being conducted with the same rules as last year’s.

Due to a problem discovered with the voters list and in combination with rigid timelines with those rules, the previous elections were held Dec. 8 to Dec. 22, 2011, the same time as exams and holidays.

Only 2.2 per cent of 13,689 eligible voters cast a ballot in that election.

The Omega‘s request for an interview with the registrar’s office, which is responsible for conducting the election, was not returned before press deadlines.

The office has placed information about the election online and on closed-circuit screens around campus. It has also taken out an advertisement in this week’s Omega.

There is one student position available on the board of governors and four on the senate.

Those elected to a board position will be expected to attend five meetings a year that take three to five hours, as well as read an agenda made of hundreds of pages before each meeting, former student member Melissa Schuurman told The Omega last year.

Those elected to senate can expect to spend four hours per month, with one hour used for the actual meeting and the rest to prepare, student senator Dylan Robinson told The Omega last year. Sitting on a subcommittee could add another two to three hours.

Robinson, who is also TRUSU’s VP external, told The Omega he’d definitely recommend students run for these positions.

“I think it’s a really good experience,” Robinson said. “You get to meet people, like administrators and faculty, who make really important decisions about what’s going on in the institution.”

There’s also one student position available on the university’s community trust board and planning council for open learning.

Nomination forms and more information can be found at http://www.tru.ca/about_tru/elections.html.