GH student association to shutter, merge with HSF in 2016

Sargon Jajjo
Student Government Reporter

University of Guelph-Humber now has a new Vice President of Student Affairs thanks to a motion passed last week during the Special Meeting of the Members.

It also marks the final days of Guelph-Humber’s Student Association.

Ahmed Tahir, Humber Students’ Federation President, said the purpose of the position is to have a more fluent unification between Humber and Guelph-Humber.

“We want to make sure that we’re keeping the Guelph-Humber students’ perspective in mind in all the things we’re doing,” said Tahir.

“Discussions to create a sole HSF executive position for the Guelph-Humber campus has been discussed in executive meetings in previous years, but did not gain traction until last year,” said Tahir.

The third annual Special Meeting of the Members held on Oct. 21, in the Guelph-Humber atrium, was the final step in announcing the creation of the position publicly.

The elimination of the Guelph-Humber Student Association, along with an HSF name change scheduled for next year, will help lessen the complications students face when trying to decide if they are allowed to attend events.

“HSF is currently responsible for both campuses, but it’s the perception that it isn’t,” said Tahir. “The point of the name change is to remove that perception.”

The new name for the federation has yet to be decided.

Riley Barnes, a first-year media studies student at University of Guelph-Humber, says the new changes will improve student life.

“Honestly, it’s a good plan,” said Barnes. “Being a student here, I feel the separation between the two schools.”

The addition of having a vice-president directly representing the campus will make it easier for Guelph-Humber students to participate in events, proponents say.

“It will help to unite both campuses… that way you can have events that both the campuses can participate in,” said Supriya Kohli, a third-year business student at the University of Guelph-Humber.

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