David Sylvester Appointed New USMC President

"On March 1, 2018, Dr. David Sylvester was appointed the eighth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC). Sylvester will take office August 1, 2018 and serve for a five-year term. He will succeed current USMC President and Vice-Chancellor David Mulroney, who completes his three-year term in July."

UPass Referendum Approved, Set For Late March

"As it stands, the offered fee is set at $322.50 per semester for unlimited travel on the TTC. This fee — for those unwilling to do the math — results in a rate of approximately $80.60 a month, a discount from the current cheapest rate offered by the monthly Metropass at $116.75. However, this rate could potentially go even lower. On March 20, a TTC board meeting will discuss the final offered price to UTSU, and they have established that the absolute maximum for Fall 2018 will be $80.60 per month."

U of T Joins University Climate Change Coalition

"U of T is one of 13 North American colleges that are a part of the University Climate Change Coalition, also known as UC3. UC3’s aims are to utilize their resources and allocate more funding on research, as well as to give more expertise to surrounding businesses, cities, and regions on how to implement research-driven climate solutions in their own backyards."

UTSU Forms Trans Commission

"The commission’s goals for the remainder of 2018 are to increase the amount of trans-centred programming and events on campus. “At the moment there isn't a lot of programming on campus geared specifically toward trans and gender non-conforming people,” said UTSU General Equity Director Jane Marston. “I suppose our goal ultimately is to make campus life for trans students a little easier and a little more welcoming, as that hasn't been the case really for the past couple years.”"

U of T Governing Council Election Results Published

"The Governing Council is the highest policy-making body at U of T. It is the senior governing body that oversees academic, business, and student affairs at U of T. Their decisions include the approval of academic programs, budgets, employment policies, funding, student life, and tuition fees, among others."

Toronto Universities Found StudentDwellTO

"StudentDwellTO is a joint housing initiative between the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, and OCAD University that aims to create more affordable housing for students closer to these campuses and in downtown Toronto as a whole. Toronto, where housing prices are becoming increasingly unaffordable for students with fixed incomes, has been struggling to find a way to create more housing options for these students."

U of T CUPE 3902 Unit 1, Collective Agreement Approved

"Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3902, Unit 1 approved the new collective agreement negotiators reached with the University of Toronto on February 8. The agreement was ratified with a unit-wide vote following the February 12 ascension meeting. The vote began following the meeting and ended February 16, with 86.1% voting to ratify the agreement."

UTSU ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop Outlines Housing Law Concerns

"On January 29, the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) invited representatives from the Downtown Legal Services (DLS) to present on Housing Law as part of the “Know Your Rights” Workshop Series at the Multi-Faith Centre Main Activity Hall. The workshop walked listeners through the life cycle of a tenancy — from when you first sign a lease to when the tenancy ends."

A Lower Fee for a Ph.D.

"Formerly, international students at the University of Toronto (U of T) were charged $21,560 per session, which is a steeper levy than what most Canadian universities charge international doctoral students. However, from September onward, international doctoral students can breathe a sigh of relief because U of T is officially matching its international tuition with its current domestic tuition of $6,960 per session, a third of the previous price."

U of T's Mandatory Leave of Absence Policy: On Hold, For Now

"This policy was set to introduce a code-of-conduct–esque approach toward students with mental illness who exhibit behaviour that reaches the “threshold for intervention,” and was pulled from voting for the current semester due to student backlash and the request of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)."

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."

Negotiations Between U of T, CUPE Ongoing

"The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902 Unit 1, the union representing teaching assistants (TAs) and course instructors at the University of Toronto (U of T), has announced its strike deadline as February 26. With the threat of this strike haunting the university, negotiations have kicked into high gear in an attempt to avert a TA walkout."

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."