CUPE 3902 Unit 1 and U of T Come to Tentative Agreement

"The tentative agreement was announced late last night, Thursday, February 8, via CUPE 3902’s social media accounts. It was reached with the help of a provincially appointed conciliator, and comes in advance of the Monday, February 26, strike deadline that was set at a union membership meeting in late January."

A Look At SMCSU Plans, Initiatives for 2018

“SMCSU has been working hard since October to get things done either internally within the council, as well as with external affairs,” SMCSU Vice-President Kate Strazds told The Mike. “As a council, we are collectively excited to continue to communicate with students and hope to continue our efforts to help strengthen the community within USMC.”

An Academic Foundation for the Imagination

"One of the features of university life is a commitment to the [advancement] of knowledge, and one way that scholars do that is by way of sharing their work in colloquium … So to create an opportunity for undergraduate students and graduate students at St. Mike’s to do that here, it seemed to me like a great means of supporting students as they think about their research beyond coursework."

U of T Signs Strategic Mandate Agreement with Province of Ontario

"The agreement details the steps that have been taken to create more opportunities for studying abroad, providing additional support to international students, better preparing graduate students for a range of academic and non-academic careers, and establishing a tri-campus Sexual Violence and Support Centre for students, faculty, and staff."

Strike Negotiations Enter ‘Crunch Time’

"The strike deadline is set for February 26. This means that if a tentative agreement is not reached by that date, members of CUPE 3902, Unit 1 will go on strike. However, there appears to be hope for those living in fear of a TA strike, as Strung reiterated negotiators’ beliefs: both “feel good about the progress [they've] made since the strike mandate vote.”  

Brennan Hall Renovations Update, Town Hall Recap

"Renovations to Brennan Hall have been in the planning period since fall 2017, and physical renovations began on January 22. The purpose of the renovations is to create a more student-friendly space within Brennan, as well as to move the registrar’s office in an effort to counteract overcrowding and revitalize Brennan Hall."

Introducing The Sheptytsky Institute

"The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, also known as the Sheptytsky Institute, is an autonomous department of the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC)."

U-Pass Talks Well Underway

"If instated, U-Pass would cost less than the adult rate of $3.25 per ride, and indeed lower than the currently available Metropass of $116.75 a month, so as to make it worthwhile for students."

Brennan Hall Renovations Update

"On Thursday January 11, the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) held a town hall in The Coop to discuss the upcoming renovations to Brennan Hall. The town hall was moderated by USMC Principal and Vice-President Randy Boyagoda, and saw representatives from the architectural firm Gow Hastings as well as a USMC student panel."

Quercus to Replace Blackboard Starting Fall 2018

"The new Quercus system emulates app-based operating systems, allowing for a much more customizable and optimized learning environment. Instructors will be able to integrate apps for specific purposes for their classes as well as add flexibility to teaching methods."

Peers with Ears in Search of Students

"Peers with Ears is by no means meant to replace or undermine professional mental health services, but rather it aims to supplement them and encourage student involvement in the conversation about mental health."

John Taylor Hired as USMC Student Life Coordinator

“To this end, my hope is that students will leave USMC at the end of their studies having been part of a welcoming student life community with a better sense of who they are as people, what they want to do with their lives, and some good ideas about which path(s) to take.”

CUPE 3902, Unit 1 Votes for Strike Mandate

"December 13, it was announced that members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local (CUPE) Local 3902, Unit 1 voted 89.4% in favour of a strike mandate. Over 1,500 of the union members turned out to vote at one of polling stations located on all three University of Toronto (U of T) campuses. Voting took place December 6–8 and December 11 and 12."

Toronto's UNESCO Bid Accepted

"On November 20, the Mayor of Toronto, during the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts, announced UNESCO’s designation and personally thanked the University of Toronto and Granata, who believes that “education and urban engagement play a fundamental role to make the cities creatively flourish and prosper.”"

Faculty of Theology Awarded Prestigious Research Grants

"“The purpose of a university is to ‘create new knowledge’ and advance human understanding in a significant way through research/discovery, and through teaching,” said Attridge. “The fact that faculty members from St. Mike’s received almost a third of a million dollars in grant money this year is not only significant in terms of fulfilling our mission; it’s also important in terms of the university’s reputation.”"

Need to Know: SMCSU

"While overcoming past SMCSU deficiencies is a vital part of the current SMCSU’s job, SMCSU councillors and executives are still coming up with policies and events for the current academic year. These include, but are not limited to, co-chairing Winterfest 2018 with Innis College and University College, introducing an equity commission, and planning the Annual General
Meeting (AGM) for January."