TRUSU news briefs – Oct. 14

Jessica Klymchuk, News Editor Ω

Student caucus participation is up

TRUSU’s student caucus has more representatives than ever, with 42 of 50 seats filled. Recruitment occurred throughout September.

The student caucus is an initiative that brings together the student representatives on institutional committees. TRUSU works to educate and mentor these students so they can play a meaningful role on their respective committees.

TRUSU executive director Nathan Lane reported the recruitment success at the Oct. 8 council meeting, saying it is something to be proud of and a good start to the year.

“We are really happy to have such a great turnout for that program,” TRUSU president Dylan Robinson said.

Robinson also said that TRUSU has expanded the number of seats on the caucus to include the faculty councils, which has helped growth.

Some students of the caucus sit on multiple committees, so there are actually only four vacant seats. Robinson said some of those seats have very strict requirements, and it’s harder to find student representation.

Overall, there are 80 students participating in the co-curricular designation and Robinson said he expects that number will rise as the year continues and more committees are formed.

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Petition for sweatshop-free campus at 2,145 signatures

TRUSU is near its goal of 3,000 signature and they expect to be there by the end of October. With 2,145 student signatures supporting the sweat-shop free campus campaign as of Oct. 10, TRUSU sees its goal in reach.

Leif Douglas, vice president external and head of the campaign’s committee, reported the success of the campaign at the Oct. 8 council meeting. Their original goal was to have 2,000 signatures by December.

The goal of the campaign is to get TRU to agree to sign on with Workers Right Consortium, an organization that monitors factory conditions and workers’ rights.

“I would say I’m not surprised how engaged people are with this campaign,” TRUSU president Dylan Robinson said. “I think when you talk to students about sweatshops and how sweatshop materials are on our campus, I think it’s really easy to understand why that’s wrong and why that’s something we should work towards fixing.”

The broader media attention on sweat shops has also made students aware of the issue and made them more engaged with the campaign, according to Robinson.