Campus Briefs: Oct. 24, 2012

Devan C. Tasa, News Editor Ω

Reusable cup use down at Common Grounds

The amount of people bringing their own cups when they get coffee from Commons Grounds has gone down since last year.

This year, only 26 per cent of Commons Grounds patrons brought their own cups, a decrease of four per cent, Nathan Lane, TRUSU’s executive director reported to the students union council.

Lane did have some good news. While there may be less people bringing cups at TRU, the number that do at other universities is approximately 15 per cent lower.

Room bookings up

The number of students booking rooms within the Student Centre has gone up.

The students union books out five rooms that have capacities ranging from eight to 55 people for students and campus clubs.

Nathan Lane, TRUSU’s executive director, told council that students have booked 414 hours worth of time this year, compared to 341 hours previously.

That means the use of the rooms is reaching full capacity, which is “quite good,” Lane said.

Women’s Collective to hold art show

The TRUSU Women’s Collective will be holding an affordable art show in order to raise money for the YWCA Women’s Shelter.

The show will display and sell works of art, which will cost less than $50. The format for the sale will be a silent auction.

The shelter is a safe haven for women trying to escape abusive relationships.

The goal is to make art more accessible, Alexandra Moulton, TRUSU’s women’s representative, told council.

The show will take place in November, but the date is yet to be determined.

Lowering of flags follows rules

There are very specific times in which TRU’s five flags are flown at half-mast.

If a student or any employee dies, the flags will be lowered on the day of their funerals, states TRU’s flag display policy.

The flags will also be lowered if a member of the immediate royal family, the premier, the governor or lieutenant general, or a local politician dies.

TRU’s president, as well as the provincial and federal governments, have the power to have the flag fly at half-mast as they see fit.