Senate touches on Cannabis NB outlet coming to Sackville next school year

President Campbell makes statements on Colten Boushie, new Mi’kmaq flag and marijuana

President Campbell opened the university senate meeting on Feb. 13 by stating his support of Universities Canada’s response to the verdict of Colten Boushie’s case. Universities Canada’s statement reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to “fostering a renewed relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada,” and gave their condolences to Colten Boushie’s family and the wider Indigenous community.

Campbell then told the senate to “stay tuned” for another decanal structure proposal on its way from the office of Provost Jeff Ollerhead.

A date was declared for the raising of the Mi’kmaq flag that Mount Allison’s student-led Indigenous Support Group raised funds for. The flag will be raised on March 22 at 12:30 p.m. before the University’s first powwow at 1 p.m. in the Athletic Centre.

As a follow-up to the first open Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 2, Campbell clarified that all Board of Regents meetings will now be open. The final meeting of this school year will be on May 15.

Campbell also announced that the University is looking into forming policy around the Cannabis NB retail store coming to Sackville in Sept. 2018. Cannabis NB stores will include a reception area, retail and office space, and a state-of-the-art secured storage area. No one under 19 will be permitted in Cannabis NB stores.

Ollerhead informed the senate that the University Planning Committee has begun a search for a few tenure track professors for a couple departments and is also looking into developing smaller certificates, such as a certificate for a standalone minor.

Ollerhead also announced that the call for Independent Student Rsearch Grants had closed. He said that they were in the middle of the adjudication process and would be announced by the end of February. ISRGs have since been announced.

The MASU spring election for two social science, two science and two arts senators is now open. Nomination packages can be picked up at the MASU offices. Nominations close March 9.

Senate will meet again on March 13 at 4 p.m. in Tweedie Hall. Meetings are open to all.

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