Pub afternoon, pub night, U-Pass referendum, and computer lab on horizon
By Dylan Hackett, News Editor
To help ease students into the throes of the winter semester, the Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) is hosting a pub afternoon this Tuesday in the upper floor of the DSU building at the New Westminster campus. All students 19 years of age and over are welcome to the event, with the opportunity to bring a non-student guest. Free food will be provided and there are also plans to continue free-food events throughout the rest of the month.
Another pub night is also being planned for January 24, with the theme yet to be announced.
Also coming up later this month is the renewal of the U-Pass contract with the provincial government and TransLink. In the upcoming meetings, a new price will be set to keep public transport affordable for students and a referendum will be held at the end of the month.
“Being a part of the Canadian Federation of Students has given us the opportunity to connect with students across the province and the country and has given us the tools to effectively combine both of these things to best serve the students at Douglas College,” said Jill Griffin, External Relations Coordinator.
”Over the past year we have learned just how unique and diverse our members are and how to effectively advocate for them on a local, provincial, and federal level,” said Women’s Liaison Jenelle Davies. “We have learned how important it is to balance both social events, and advocacy with political issues. The DSU has organized numerous social events like free food days and pub nights to bring students together.”
The current rep team have also reflected on initiatives set in the fall semester and other ongoing campaigns.
“We have also brought campaigns like Rock the Vote and Beat the Bottle to the forefront of the college, and advocate for issues like Sisters in Spirit and National Day Against Violence Against Women,” said Davies.
The work on the new computer lab is slated to be completed this semester as well.
”The computer lab will be opened as soon as we have the necessary software and everything is networked properly. We are hoping to have it opened before midterms,” said Griffin.
The lab will include a printing station for students hard-pressed for ink and paper with their standard library-issued printing credits. When operational, the lab will be accessible from the second floor of the DSU building at the New Westminster campus.