MSU Presidential election and Referenda 2017 campaign period has begun

January 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The campaign period for the MSU Presidential Election is now open. Campaigning will commence on Sunday January 15 at 12pm. Polling will open online on January 24 at 9am, and both campaigning and polling will end on January 26 at 5pm.

The  presidential candidates are:

  • Chukky Ibe, Political Science V
  • Aquino Inigo, Honours Life Sciences IV
  • Patricia Kousoulas, Honours Life Sciences IV
  • Shaarujaa Nadarajah, Honours Life Sciences III & MSU Vice President (Administration)
  • Matthew Vukovic, Engineering Physics and Management V
  • Leanne Winkels, Political Science IV

More information about each candiadte and their respective platforms can be found at msumcmaster.ca/elections.

Meet the candidates at the MSU Presidential Meet & Greet at TwelvEighty on January 16 from 6:30-8:30pm. This event provides the opportunity to get to know the candidates, ask them questions, and work towards making an informed vote. Visit the event page for more information.

The Presidential debate will occur on January 19 from 4-6:30pm in the MUSC Atrium.

Concurrently to the Presidential Election, all full-time undergraduate students will be asked to vote on three referenda. The referenda will appear on the ballot as follows:

1. Athletics & Recreation Expansion and Student Activity Building

All MSU members currently contribute $117.49 to the Athletics and Recreation Activity Fee (A&R Activity Fee) and $4.72 per unit (to a maximum of 30 academic units for $141.60) to the Athletics and Recreation Building Fee (A&R Building Fee). For a student taking 30 units a year, the total of these two fees are $259.09 per year. These fees increase by Consumer Price Index (CPI) annually. The A&R Building Fee is set to decrease in 2023 to only represent the student share of the operating costs.

A proposal was brought forth to the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) on November 13, 2016 (can be found here) to ask students whether or not they wish to invest in the expansion of  the Pulse, which would include a universal Pulse membership, and the option of a new Student Activity Building.

There are three options for which students can vote:

Option A: Expanded Pulse and New Student Activity Building

*Please note, this option results in the continuation of the current A&R Building Fee past 2023 and the A&R Activity Fee as outlined in the preamble above.

This option proposes the creation of a Student Activity Building, the expansion of the Pulse, and the creation of a twelve month Pulse membership for all full-time undergraduate students, in addition to other benefits. 

In addition, the Pulse will be expanded in size and all full-time undergraduate students will receive a twelve month Pulse membership, in addition to other benefits. Details can be found here

The A&R Activity fee will increase by $95, commencing in September 2017 and will increase an additional $10 when the Student Activity Building opens, projected opening in 2020. At this time, the projected total of the A&R Activity Fee is $222.49.

The A&R Building Fee will increase $3.95 per unit (to a maximum of 30 units) once the Student Activity Building opens (projected opening in 2020) for an approximate total fee of $8.76 per unit (to a maximum of 30 units or $260.10 per year). These fees will increase annually by CPI.

Option B: Expanded Pulse Only

*Please note, this option results in the continuation of the current A&R Building Fee past 2023 and the A&R Activity Fee as outlined in the preamble above.

This option proposes the expansion of the Pulse and the creation of a twelve month Pulse membership for all full-time undergraduate students, in addition to other benefits. Details can be found here

The A&R Activity fee will increase by $95 commencing in September 2017 and will increase an additional $10 when the Pulse expansion is complete, projected completion in 2020. At this time, the projected total of the A&R Activity Fee is $222.49.  

The  A&R Building Fee will increase $1.97 per unit (to a maximum of 30 units) effective once the the Pulse expansion is complete (projected in 2020) for an approximate total fee of $6.69 per unit (to a maximum of 30 units or $200.70). These fees will increase annually by CPI.

Option C: Current Structure

Do not increase fees. The A&R Building Fee would be reduced as expected in 2023, and fees would continue to increase annually by CPI as previously approved. There will be no Pulse Expansion or creation of a Student Activity Building.

Question:

Which option would you like to see for the Athletics & Recreation Activity Fee and Athletics and Recreation Building Fee? All fees are adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and are assessed on a maximum of 30 units per academic session. Please rank the options in order of preference from 1 to 3 in the boxes, with 1 being your first choice and 3 being your last. You may indicate preferences for as many options as you wish.

Option A: Student Activity Building and Pulse Expansion.

The continuation of, and an increase of $3.95/unit (to a maximum of 30 units) to the Athletics and Recreation Building Fee effective once building opens.

Increase of $95 to the Athletics & Recreation Activity Fee commencing in 2017 with a further $10 increase when Student Activity Building opens

Option B: Pulse Expansion.

The continuation of, and an increase of $1.97/unit (to a maximum of 30 units) to the Athletics and Recreation Building Fee effective once building opens.

Increase of $95 to the Athletics & Recreation Activity Fee commencing in 2017 with a further $10 increase starting when Pulse Expansions are complete.

Option C: No increase

 

2. Syllabus Repository

Currently, professors are not required to upload their course outlines/syllabi to a centralized location. This referendum asks whether students would like the McMaster Students Union (MSU) Vice-President (Education) to advocate to McMaster University for the creation of an open access repository for course outlines/syllabi.

Question:

Are you in favour of the MSU Vice President (Education) advocating for an open access repository for course outlines/syllabi?

Yes

No

 

3. HSR Bus Pass

The MSU, McMaster University, and the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) negotiate a new bus pass agreement every three years. The current agreement includes Fall-Winter, Summer, and Extended services and concludes August 31, 2017.

The price of a publically available HSR Bus pass is $101.2/month for the 2017 calendar year. MSU contract prices are based on a percentage of this independent monthly HSR bus pass. For a breakdown of fees and percentages being presented for the next 3 years, click here.

This year, the contract has been negotiated with the following fees/options for the next three years.

Fall-Winter pass:8 months service from September through April which includes Presto integration, with the following costs of:

· 2017-18: $161.86
· 2018-19: $179.24
· 2019-20: $197.50

Summer pass:An additional 4 months of service from May through August with an additional cost of:

· 2017-18:$18.22
· 2018-19: $19.01
· 2019-20: $19.80

This service is contingent on the Fall-Winter pass.

Expanded service:  consists of more frequent and later service (until 3AM) on Route 51- University for an additional cost of:

· 2017-18: $7.59
· 2018-19: $7.92
· 2019-20: $8.25

This service is contingent on the Fall-Winter pass, but not the Summer pass.

You have several options and combinations of the above services.

Question

Which option would you like to see for the Hamilton Street Railway bus pass?

Please rank the options in order of preference from 1 to 3 in the boxes, with 1 being your first choice and 3 being your last. You may indicate preferences for as many options as you wish.

1. Fall-Winter pass and Summer pass and Expanded Service for the prices stated above for a total of $187.67 in Year 1, $206.17 in Year 2, $225.55 in Year 3. This is the current level of service in use by McMaster students.

2. Fall-Winter pass and Summer pass for the prices stated above for a total of $180.08 in Year 1, $198.25 in Year 2, $217.30 in Year 3.

3. Fall-Winter pass and Expanded Service for the prices stated above for a total of $169.45 in Year 1, $187.16 in Year 2, $205.75 in Year 3.

4. Fall-Winter pass for the prices stated above for a total of $161.86 in Year 1, $179.24 in Year 2, $197.50 in Year 3.  

5. No Bus Pass

 

For information about the 2017 referenda questions can be found at msumcmaster.ca/elections.

For more information, please contact:

Helen Zeng
Cheif Returning Officer
elections@msu.mcmaster.ca

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