Name: Isabella Boushey
Program: Environmental Science with a Minor in Chemistry
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On July 25, CUSA Council unanimously passed the 2016-17 budget!
No, for real guys, it’s exciting. Your elected student representatives release the budget each year to demonstrate accountability, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.
It tells you how we’re spending your money.
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.