Student Union

DSU VP Student Life Candidate: Devin Gourley

Editor’ Note: This interview has been edited and formatted for style and clarity   Name: Devin Gourley Major, Year: Fourth year, BA Honours Philosophy   What position are you running for, and what responsibilites correspond with it? I’m running for VP Student Life. This position is responsible for enhancing the general student experience on campus by…

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DSU President Candidate: Jenn Samson

Editor’ Note: This interview has been edited and formatted for style and clarity Name: Jenn Samson Major, Year: Third year, Environmental Engineering (Completed BSc, St. Fx)   What position are you running for, and what responsibilites correspond with it? I am running for DSU President. The duties associated with this position are related to public outreach, working with…

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DSU disability rep resigns

Mary MacDonald is no longer the disability representative on Dal Student Union (DSU) council. In the council meeting last night one of the first motions to be debated was the motion to discipline MacDonald put forward by councillor Alex Hughes. The motion claims that MacDonald broke the rules of the contract that all DSU councillors…

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Amina Abawajy: the first Black president of the Dalhousie Student Union

The Dalhousie Student Union elected its first Black executive member in 2016; Amina Abawajy, currently serves as the president of the DSU. Abawajy, a Halifax-born Oromo Muslim woman, grew up just down the street from Dalhousie University. She studied international development studies and computer science during her undergrad and she’s become increasingly more involved in…

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The Dalhousie Student Union not actually a union

The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) was created by an act of legislation in 1966. According to a clerk at the Nova Scotia legislature library, that’s exceedingly rare.  When organizations want to collect and spend money, or open a bank account in Nova Scotia they need to be officially recognized by the province. This requires incorporation…

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Student democracy inaction

It’s excusable to have missed the Dalhousie Student Union’s Canada day boycott, because they did too. They had every intention of boycotting but the motion was not introduced with adequate notice, and was struck down on a procedural review. So the resolution didn’t pass until mid-July. While some may find it in their hearts to excuse that lapse in effective governance, it seems strange to me, to forgive an organization for failing…

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Outgoing and incoming DSU presidents’ chit chat

Every year, the Gazette interviews the outgoing and incoming DSU presidents to reflect on the past year and ponder the next year. We decided to get Kathleen Reid, outgoing DSU president, and Amina Abawajy, incoming DSU president and outgoing DSU VP Academic and External, to discuss what it’s like being racialized women in politics, dealing…

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DSU 2017/18 election winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the DSU election! We can’t wait to see what you achieve in the 2017/18 school year.   EXECUTIVE President: Amina Abawajy VP Academic and External: Masuma Khan VP Internal: Alex Hughes VP Finance and Operations: Chantal Khoury VP Student Life: Cory Larsen BOG Rep: Jeremy Ryant   FACULTY Engineering rep:…

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Dalhousie Gazette Podcast: DSU Elections

We spoke about this year’s DSU election, current student issues and campus culture with VPFO candidates, Chris Abraham and Chantal Khoury, and VPI candidate, Alex Hughes. Host: Sabina Wex Guests: Chris Abraham, Chantal Khoury, Alex Hughes Edits: Luke MacDonald Producer: Jennifer Lee

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