The GSA has received 2 nominations for president thus far, Brittany Dixon and Scott Young. There is Brittany Dixon, PhD Candidate in Biology, and current VP Societies and Events on the GSA Executive. There is also Scott Young, Master's in Computer Science (CS), and currently President of the CS Grad Student Society. Their nomination letters can be found here. The vote will take place at the AGM next week, Wednesday the 18th at Carleton Hall, room 106, at 5:30 PM. If you cannot attend but would like to vote, proxy forms for the vote can be found here. Come and support your choice for new president !
Call for elections from the student body ! The Chief Returning Officer is now asking for nominations to our new executive for the year 2017-2018! The vote will be ratified at the next Annual General Meeting on October 18th. Get involved with your student union and fight for the rights of our members! The nomination form can be found here: APPLICATION FORM
UNB once again reaches into the empty wallets of students. This week, UNB has once again turned its back to students by voting for an increase in tuition fees for students of 140$ for domestic students and around 400$ for international students , The tuition increase further marginalizes Indigenous students as well, who already face significant obstacles in obtaining post-secondary education, even though they are a large growing demographic in Canada. UNB has been patting themselves on the back for their efforts in attracting students to UNB, and on the other hand, UNB reaches into the empty pockets of students to take away what we were hoping to use to buy groceries or pay rent. Is UNB asking us to give up food and a roof over our head to educate ourselves? Student enrollment is already going down in the Atlantic provinces  and these changes will only make it worse. If UNB really wants to bring students to Fredericton and Saint John, it should think about making it easier for them to live. All the while, mental health issues have now become the norm on campuses across the country, with alarming rates of students seeking mental health support, some even resorting to suicide . The student debt is literally killing our youth. UNB must stand with students and address the root problem, rather than simply throw the bill on the backs of students and let our hospitals deal with the problems. Everyone needs to do their part in order to address this societal problem. The future of NB depends on how we treat our youth, and Administration and government need to take this seriously. References:  http://www.unb.ca/vpfinance/budgets/2017-18_budget.html  http://www.mphec.ca/research/maritimeuniversitystatistics/enrolment.aspx  http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/new-brunswick/young-people-mental-health-help-1.4140954
UNB GSA Press Release on Gallant Government announcements The Gallant Government has announced a new portion of their tuition aid program yesterday, Thursday, February 23rd. This includes an extension of the Tuition Aid Bursary for families with income above $60 000 as well as health care coverage for international students. The UNB GSA has submitted the following press release as a response to the announcement, citing concerns that graduate students are once again left behind by measures to increase accessibility to education. press-release-unbgsa-feb-24