Board Shorts

Chief electoral officer appointed

Following the recent departure of Lorenz Young, the SFSS board of directors appointed Stephanie Munez as the new chief electoral officer (CEO) until November 2014. Yeung resigned after graduating this summer as the CEO must be a current society member. Munez will fill in for what would have been the rest of Yeung’s term, until a new appointment is made in January.

BASS constitution and bylaws

As recommended by the Constitution and Policy Review Committee, the board approved a proposed constitution and accompanying bylaws for the Business Administration Student Society (BASS) on Wednesday.

The constitution and bylaws were passed contingent upon approval by BASS membership at their AGM on October 8. If passed, BASS will have the ability to submit a question concerning its establishment as an FSU, to be voted on by BASS members in the SFSS’ November referendum.

Bylaw addition to be voted on at SFSS AGM

The society passed a proposed addition to the bylaws, on which students will vote in the upcoming SFSS AGM on October 22. The bylaw reads as follows:

The Society may not revoke, reduce or otherwise cancel a duly approved student society fee that has been implemented for the purpose of repaying a loan made to the Society or on the basis of which a loan has been made to the Society if the effect of such revocation, reduction or cancellation would be to cause the Society to be unable to repay the loan as it became due.

The addition concerns the Build SFU Student Union Building and Stadium projects. In order to enter into a mortgage in good faith, the society will need to ensure that it has the ability to repay the borrowed amount.

Guard.me insurance

The SFSS Advocacy Committee approved an open letter of position outlining the Society’s concerns regarding Guard.me, the basic health insurance program offered to SFU international students.

The letter, which was addressed to Andrew Petter, SFU President, Pat Hibbitts, SFU vice president finance, and Tim Rahilly, SFU associate vice president, students, singled out concerns regarding the price of the program, the absence of an automatic transition to MSP coverage upon achieving eligibility, and the automatic re-enrollment of international students in the Guard.me program after they have become eligible for MSP coverage.

The letter concluded with an invitation to the university administration to discuss options for international student insurance programming.

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