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SU midterm review: VP Student Life

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The U of C’s SU is a devoted group of students who advocate on behalf of the student body. They sit on many decision-making and administrative groups at the university.

This year’s executive team have set out attainable goals, but with only four months left in their positions, time is slowly slipping away for them to finish what they set out to do.

It’s been a busy semester for SU vice- president student life Haley Wade. Her campaign promise of extending fall reading week is still in the works. Wade said the planned extension faces scheduling challenges with different departments on campus. Efforts for the project continue. 

“It’s something that we’ve made some progress on and we’ve been working with the administration to have discussions on,” said Wade. 

Wade’s efforts to extend vendors that accept the ONEcard on campus are slow moving, but there has been progress. The card is now accepted at the Last Defence Lounge for the first time. Negotiations with other vendors about extending the ONEcard’s use though have been stalled because of disputed cost of the service. 

The SU and U of C clubs have made several changes together. Wade has played with the funding model for club events, making it “more equitable and fair to clubs.” She has also headed consultation on the $38,000 renovations taking place in club space. 

The idea of a disability awareness week promised during the election was scrapped. Instead, Wade said she “found that the best way to go about making a change would be to actually sit down with the stakeholders and trying to go about changing those things.”

Wade, paired with VP Academic Kenya-Jade Pinto, also handed out 500 “De-Stress Packages” during exam period last semester as part of a mental health initiative. 

Wade had little to say about her controversial campaign poster that went viral and made her an Internet star. But, overall, great semester, bro!