News briefs – Jan. 23, 2013

Devan C. Tasa, News Editor Ω

A TRUSU council meeting votes on a motion at the Jan. 15 meeting. - Photo by Devan C. Tasa

A TRUSU council meeting votes on a motion at the Jan. 15 meeting. – Photo by Devan C. Tasa

Bank donates $600,000 to Old Main renovations

It was the largest single donation the Bank of Montréal (BMO) Financial Group has made to a B.C. university outside the Lower Mainland.

The $600,000 donation will go towards the second phase of the Old Main renovations, which cost $10 million. The provincial government contributed $7.8 million in October.

In return for the donation, Old Main’s Student Street will be renamed the BMO Student Street.

“We are proud to recognize BMO’s leadership investment and the significant contribution to our university,” said Alan Shaver, TRU’s president, in a press release. “This is one area of our campus which touches each of our students. Many will now begin their TRU journey on BMO Student Street.”

“Today’s donation announcement to Thompson Rivers University will, we hope, continue to strengthen and grow our partnership,” said Joanne Gassman, BMO Financial’s B.C. and Yukon vice senior president, in a release, “and build on our mutual understanding that the economic, social and environmental choices we all make will positively impact the lives of potentially thousands of students.”

TRU to review plastic bottles

The university is conducting a review of the use of plastic bottles for beverages.

The review, conducted by TRU’s environment and sustainability director Tom Owen, will examine the environmental, economic, contractual, social and health impacts of the drink containers and its possible alternatives.

Students, the TRU community and drink vendors will be able to provide input for the review. Oral presentations are to be booked between Feb. 15 and March 1.

TRUSU has been running a public campaign that’s lobbying the university to ban bottled water on campus. Dylan Robinson, TRUSU’s vice president external, told the Jan. 15 TRUSU council meeting this review represented progress for that campaign and the students union would be participating vigorously in the review process.

Owen will be presenting the review’s results to the board of governors and the university’s senior administration at the end of April.
No TRUSU delegation at this year’s CFS-B.C. AGM

The provincial section of a national student organization held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week, but TRUSU wasn’t there.

TRUSU was unable to send a delegation to the Canadian Federation of Students – B.C.’s (CFS-BC) AGM, held Jan. 17 to 20 because it was unable to spare any elected members from responsibilities such as Clubs Day and the Movie Night.

Representing TRUSU at the meeting is the Vancouver Island University Students’ Union (VIUSU). Dylan Robinson, vice president external, told the Jan. 15 TRUSU council meeting VIUSU was chosen because its membership is of a similar size and demographic to TRUSU’s.

The CFS is the largest student organization in Canada. In B.C., it has a membership of 16 post-secondary institutions.

Clubs Day held in Old Main

There was no shortage of clubs for TRU students to choose from at Jan. 15’s Clubs Day.

Student Street was full of tables, which included clubs for sports like field hockey, academic pursuits like history and even television shows like Dexter.

Approximately 30 clubs had tables at Jan. 15’s Clubs Day, said Dylan Robinson, TRUSU’s vice president external.

“TRUSU resources all sorts of clubs, a diverse range of clubs,” he said. “We have approximately 70 clubs right now, so that’s a pretty good turnout for Clubs Day.

“I think students really recognize the importance of clubs [and how] they are the social fabric of the campus.”

Clubs Day is held once per semester.