Meet your councilor: Isabella Boushey

Have you met your CUSA councilor yet? Councilors represent you at monthly CUSA Council meetings and collaborate to improve your services, events and campaigns. Our new Meet Your Councilor series gives you the chance to get to know a little bit more about your student representatives. This week, get to know Science Councilor Isabella Boushey.

 
CUSA Councilor Isabella Boushey
 
Name: Isabella Boushey
Program: Environmental Science with a Minor in Chemistry
Year: 3rd
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
 
On campus
Where can you be found hanging out on campus? Usually spend most of my time in Herzberg, Athletics, and Roosters!
Campus event you look forward to the most: I really enjoyed the Science Formal this year that was organized by the Science Society so I look forward to attending that again this year!
Favorite on-campus eats: As mentioned above, about 90% of the time I go to Rooster’s for my food and morning coffee.
What’s your favourite thing about Carleton? There’s something for everybody here. Whatever your passions, hobbies, or interests are, there are other people, clubs and societies with similar interests and it makes it so easy for you to fit in.
 
About Isabella
Favorite Ottawa hangout: I really love going to The Loft to play some board games with friends and I spend a lot of time reading and studying at Black Squirrel Books!
Hobbies: Tennis is by far my favourite hobby and I’ve been playing competitively my whole life. Yoga is also a passion of mine and I try to take classes as often as I can.
Any pets? (names, breeds…) I had an aquarium once…… It didn’t last long……
A weird skill you have: I can move my belly button up and down. I could also sing Ave Maria almost exactly like Schubert (just don’t ask me to do it…)
Dream job? I think my ultimate goal is to become an Environmental Lawyer and work for UNEP.
What do you wish you could go back and tell your first year self? Explore all the possible programs here and actually figure out what you really love to study rather than listening to what people say you should do.
 
At Council
Issues and policies you’re focusing on this year: Trying to push to get some noticeable changes made to the Carleton campus as per the request of students.
What you want your constituents to know about you: I ran for this position because I really want my constituents to become more familiar with how CUSA works and I want them to feel comfortable coming to me and expressing how they feel about certain motions that are put forward. We represent YOU so come talk to us! We’re super nice, I swear!
What you want your constituents to know about CUSA: Regardless of any differing views and opinions on certain motions, policies and issues, at the end of the day, CUSA just wants to be able to create a university environment that is fair and welcoming to all students.
The best way to contact you: By Facebook or e-mail (isabellaboushey@cmail.carleton.ca).
 

12 facts you should know about the CUSA budget

On July 25, CUSA Council unanimously passed the 2016-17 budget!
 

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No, for real guys, it’s exciting. Your elected student representatives release the budget each year to demonstrate accountability, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.
 
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It tells you how we’re spending your money.
 
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Okay, yeah, we know it’s not that exciting to look at. It’s a super long spreadsheet and most of it doesn’t make sense unless you’re an accountant. But since it’s your money we’re spending, we want to make sure you know what’s in the budget. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the highlights.
 
Here’s what’s new:
 
1) Your input
This year – for the first time ever – the CUSA VP Finance held open budget review sessions so students could drop in, ask questions about the budget, and make suggestions. It’s your money and your school, so we wanted you to be part of the process.
 
2) A new full-time staff member
It’s important that CUSA is run by students, for students, but we also need to make sure there’s full-time staff around make sure things run efficiently and transition smoothly from year to year. This year we’ve hired a Student Services Manager who will be around for years to come to work with the service centres to improve programming and facilitate multi-year goals.
 
3) Frozen exec salaries
As promised, we’ve frozen exec salaries at last year’s levels instead of raising them by CPI the way they normally are each year.
 
4) Cuts to exec benefits
We’ve also made cuts to the exec cellphone benefit and the exec transition pay. Together with the frozen salaries, that makes a total of more than $7,000 in savings that will be put back into student services.
 
5) More money coming in
Last year we nearly doubled the sponsorship and grant income we brought in, from $12,000 to over $22,000. This year we expect that number to be even higher, thanks to a number of deals we’ve already made. That’s even more free money going back to students!
 

6) More funding for student projects
The Student Initiative Fund was wildly popular last year, so we’re making it bigger. The program provides funding for students to go to conferences, take on ambitious academic projects, and put on events in the community. This year we’re adding $2,000 to the fund so more students get to benefit.
 
7) Improving your student businesses
We’re anticipating bigger revenues from our businesses this year thanks to better marketing and new products like the brand new green smoothie at Rooster’s. That means more of the products you want, and more money going to back into student services.
 

8) BECAMPS is now BECS
After analyzing the services provided by the Bill Ellis Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (BECAMPS) in past years, we realized it would be way more efficient to deliver them through the Health and Wellness Resource Centre. Meanwhile, in response to the huge demand for bookable spaces on campus, we’re transforming the former BECAMPS space into BECS – the Bill Ellis Coworking Space – an event and meeting room for CUSA Clubs & Societies.
 

9) Two new scholarships
We’ve also added more support for mature and part-time students by adding two new annual scholarships of $500 just for them. Applications for all our scholarships open up in March, so keep an eye out on our website.
 

10) New jobs for students
We applied to a bunch of grant programs this year, which allowed us to employ even more students. Are you looking for an on campus job? We’re hiring! Check out our job postings to apply.
 
11) More funding for Clubs & Societies
Thanks to the referendum we passed last winter, we were able to provide $56,000 in new funding to CUSA Clubs & Societies.
 
12)More killer events
Get psyched, because we’ve put aside funding for the best homecoming yet, plus some new programming at Ollie’s. Beiber night, anyone?
 
Definitely check out the full budget to see what else we’ve changed. If you want to know more, come visit us! VP Finance David Andrews is always happy to sit down and talk numbers with students.
 

Meet your councilor: Jennie Rankin

Did you know that CUSA Council has meetings all summer? That’s right, your CUSA Councilors have been braving the cement walls and questionable air conditioning of the Uni Centre and Dunton Tower this summer to meet with committees, pass motions, and improve your student life.

 

Our new Meet Your Councilor series gives you the chance to get to know a little bit more about the students representing you on Council. This week, get to know Business Councilor Jennie Rankin

 

CUSA Councilor Jennie Rankin

 

Name: Jennie Rankin
Year: 3rd year
Hometown: Freemont, NH

 

On Campus
Where can you be found hanging out on campus?: Ollie’s, or the library
What campus event do you look forward to the most? Frosh week – first week back and I get to see everyone I haven’t seen in months!
Favorite on-campus eats: Rooster’s will forever have my heart
What’s your favorite thing about Carleton? We have thousands of students but there is ALWAYS a friendly face to see around campus

 

About Jennie
Favorite Ottawa hangout: Local at Lansdowne (Best caesars ever)
Hobbies: Snowboarding, running, and laughing WAY too loud
Guilty pleasure: Eating WAY too much Thai food
What’s a song you can’t stop listening to lately? Colors by Halsey
If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Buffalo chicken or Thai food. Anything spicy, really.
Currently binge-watching: Madame Secretary
If you were a superhero, what would you want your power to be?: Lightning speed
A weird skill you have: I can name all the kids from the show 19 Kids and Counting
Dream job? ANYTHING where I can travel the world
What do you wish you could go back and tell your first year self?: You are lying to yourself when you say “I’m going to go to bed early tonight.”

 

At Council
CUSA Committees you’re on: Disability Fund Committee
An issue you’re focusing on in Council this year: Transparency of CUSA
What do you want your constituents to know about you? I am a student just like you; come and talk to me!
What you want your constituents to know about CUSA: We aren’t a faceless organization, we want to hear from you! Come chat with us and tell us what you want us to know.
The best way to contact you: Facebook message me!

 

Meet your councilor: Austin de Ste Croix

Your CUSA Councilors represent you at monthly CUSA Council meetings and collaborate to improve your services, events and campaigns. Our new Meet Your Councilor series gives you the chance to get to know a little bit more about your student representatives. This week, get to know Science Councilor Austin de Ste Croix.

 

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Name: Austin de Ste Croix
Program: Double major in Physics and Chemistry
Year: 3rd year
Hometown: Kars, Ontario (pretty much Ottawa)

 

On Campus
Where can you be found hanging out on campus?: Ollie’s during the day, Science Student Success Centre doing homework, or lurking in the library.
What campus event do you look forward to the most? Ski and Snowboard Club’s annual jam/competition, and JibTest (Been going to that since I was a little high school kid)
Favorite on-campus eats: Thunder Crunch from Ollie’s with a nice apple juice—can’t beat it.
What’s your favourite thing about Carleton?: The campus is really beautiful, and the vibe is super relaxed. I always feel at home here.

 

About Austin
Favorite Ottawa hangout: Lansdowne Skatepark
Hobbies: Riding bmx, skiing park, slack-lining, all while listening rap music
Guilty pleasure: Definitely playing Super Smash Bros melee—anyone reading this, challengers accepted!
Any pets? I have two fish which I was given as an anti-present for Secret Santa, and my parents’ chocolate lab who comes to chill in the city from time to time, much to my roommates’ joy.
If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A fat burger with dope ingredients, and Banoffee Pie for dessert.
If you were a superhero, what would you want your power to be?: Either to fly, ie. have wings, or to heal like Wolverine because I could learn any bike tricks I wanted.
A weird skill you have: I know the whole periodic table
One thing you can’t live without: Music, and my foam roller. I stretch pretty religiously.
Dream job? Being a communicator of science, like Bill Nye. A teacher would be cool, but the more people I could inform about science, the better
What do you wish you could go back and tell your first year self?: “Yo, dawg. I know you don’t wanna do homework, but these grades are really gonna pull down your CGPA once you start taking school seriously.”

 

At Council
An issue you’re focusing on in Council this year: More transparency for spending
What do you want your constituents to know about you? I am all about efficiency. I would rather do something than just talk about how we can do it better, because a lot of time is wasted in
What you want your constituents to know about CUSA: We aren’t the bad guys! And student representatives have way less power than the average student thinks. When people run campaigns, they say stuff like, “We are gonna lower tuition, we are gonna fix Mackenzie building!” There is no way, we pretty much just vote on CUSA bylaws and decisions.
The best way to contact you: Facebook! And on the Instagram dms; my life goal is to get 1k followers (@ASliceofATown)