SRC Decoded: What you missed January 29th, 2021

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) is a council composed of a body of students elected by their peers, who are tasked with running the Acadia Students’ Union (ASU). The SRC meets every Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the Beveridge Forum located off the Michener Lounge in the Students’ Union Building (SUB). Each meeting is open to the public and students are welcome to attend meetings to learn more about the decisions being made on their behalf.

After some general grounds-keeping conversations and new introductions, the Student Representatives Council started their meeting!

This meeting centred mostly on the goals each council member had for the rest of the term.

Lara Hartman began with her plans, highlighting her desire to ensure she is supporting arts students as best she can (as the arts senator).

There was a short change of topic, while Lydia Houk discussed the possible re-emergence of a program wherein the Town of Wolfville councillors are paired with members of the SRC as part of a mentorship program. Lydia thought this would be an especially valuable opportunity for the new members. Brendan MacNeil then briefly touched on an opportunity for council members to collaborate with the Sustainability councillor for the Town of Wolfville before turning it over to Sadie McAlear, the new Community Relations Councillor.

Sadie emphasized that she’d like to have a better understanding of the SRC, make stronger connections within the community, and also some projects that she would like to undertake. Lydia followed mentioning goals surrounding getting feedback from a diverse population of students and also having more collaboration between the students and the faculty. Robbie Holmes proceeded, sharing his aim of helping ensure a smooth transition within position roles, as he has much familiarity with the council. Brendan Keeler said he had plans to make information more readily available and straight-forward for future VP Finances as well as creating a full volunteer program for the Finance office.

Alex Surette spoke about his goals to bring more students into the sustainability initiative as well as a sustainability project focused on reusing clothing. Blake Steeves went next and described his goal to run a successful social media campaign for the general election and to ensure Cheaton happens! Jodi Chaffer said he would like to continue growing and establishing his initiative from last semester researching campus and also to increase MCAT and LSAT studying support for students. Zach Goldsmith strives to be a good bridge between the Theology Department and the ASU and to hold the event which he organized last semester. Menat Tahoun put an emphasis on her desire to communicate well with the incoming professional studies senator and make a smooth transition. Molly Anderson said she would like to make decisions and discussion within the SRC as accessible and comprehensible as possible to students, and also properly storing and archiving outstanding documents. Finally, Brendan MacNeil shared his goals. He would like to increase the employability of students as Acadia and to equip them with as many tools as possible throughout their education so that they are prepared to enter the workforce. Additionally, like many others, Brendan aims to ensure the transitions of roles happen smoothly and effectively.

The council wrapped-up with a few small conversations and the meeting was adorned!