King's Briefs

This week at council : Nov. 16

Stairs are difficult
Journalism rep Meagan Campbell is looking into getting a Gatorade dispenser on the third floor of the A&A. It turns out her campaign posters weren’t kidding around.
Still broke
An unexpected board meeting will happen Monday, Nov. 17 to respond to the faculty’s response to the task force report.
KSU President Michaela Sam said the meeting was called just four days in advance and members didn’t get a say in the scheduling.
She said if the university wants to make decisions with students then it must try to create a transparent committee. Board of Governors rep Eleanor Hornbeck invited students to speak about how they feel about the school’s deficit.
Study spaces
Alex Bryant, Vice-President of Student Life, said he’s talking to Kim Kierans about the possibility of keeping the Wardroom and library open late during exam season, and making sure the NAB remains accessible after hours. Security is tight this year and the timeline to exam season is tighter.
Action items

  1. The Sunrise Sadhana Society is brand new. It’ll offer a space for morning yoga and meditation. Its ratification brings the total amount of societies at King’s to 40.
  2. Katharine Harrison, Eleanor Hornbeck and Benjamin Singbeil each received the second half of their $1,500 honorarium for coordinating orientation week.
  3. King’s is footing $370 to fly in a speaker for the Platypus Affiliated Society. Leo Panitch, a professor at York University, will be coming to Halifax to give a talk on Leftist politics.

Mental health
A student has approached the KSU about a lack of content warnings in classes.
In his report to council on Sunday, Bryant said he met with the Academic Committee. Content warnings were up for discussion, and Bryant was heartened by the sensitivity and care the committee took in their conversation.
The committee agreed while mental health services on campus are inadequate, faculty aren’t the ones responsible for offering those options. Instead, professors might offer an overall content warning at the beginning of the course, either in the syllabus or an initial lecture.
The warnings would help give students time to prepare for a class or reading that could be triggering, or allow them to choose courses with that in mind.
Council meets again Saturday (!!!) Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.

By David J. Shuman

David is the current editor-in-chief of The Watch and writes on student issues and events. Find him on Twitter: @DavidJShuman

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