Puppies, rallies, and food banks on the agenda
Mustaches and puppies are two things that don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but both played a prominent role at the latest UVSS board meeting on Nov. 20.
The biggest news out of the meeting was that the popular Puppy Playtime event will be making a return to campus. On the last day of classes, Dec. 1, students can snuggle with some four-legged friends from 1–4 p.m. The event remains free of charge and will be held in the Student Union Building (SUB) Upper Lounge.
“There are many, many, many puppies coming. Literally many. Like, eight cars worth,” UVSS Director of Events Noor Chasib said, smiling.
The benefits don’t only include puppy kisses and drool on your pant leg; as Chasib noted in the meeting, the puppies are being groomed as guide dogs and need the social interaction to get acquainted with humans.
Chasib also promoted a Movember event on Nov. 29. Now that students have grown out their facial hair all month in support of men’s health and prostate cancer, one of the stylists from the Campus Hair Design will shave off the ‘staches from 8–9 p.m in the SUB.
After men have their moustaches shaved off (undoubtedly pleasing their mothers and significant others), there will be a silent auction at Felicita’s Pub with proceeds going to the UVSS’ Movember campaign.
In other news, the board unanimously approved a rally and support for Lilia Zaharieva, a student living with cystic fibrosis, to help her in obtaining funds for the drug Orkambi.
“November is really the last shot I have of making something of this,” Zaharieva, who runs out of her current dosage of Orkambi in early January, told the Board. “Please help me share information about the rally on social media.”
The rally will take place on Nov. 29 outside the the B.C. legislature building.
Mackenzie Cumberland, Director of Finances and Operations, announced the transfer of $8 297 from the Emergency Food Program restricted fund to the Food Bank and Free Store account to help cover their costs.
However, Cumberland did clarify that the Food Bank is not doing poorly, just that they needed to shift funds from a trust account to an operating account that is used on a day-to-day basis.
The last noteworthy event was Executive Director Erin Ewart’s announcement to the board that her last day as director would be on Dec. 31. Applications for a new UVSS Executive Director are open until Dec. 1.
The next UVSS board meeting will occur on Dec. 4 in the SUB.