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MSU Member Election Guide

MSU Member Election Guide

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 Hello 2012/2013 SRA and MSU members! As you may know, the SRA will be electingmembers to Committees on Sunday April 15th.Each Standing Committee will have one commissioner, four SRA members, and
twoMSU members
elected to it. The following is a description provided in the last couple
of years by former members. I’ve updated the descriptions and some of
the projects
each committee has been working on for relevance sake. If you’re
looking for more of a technical and precise description of the committees, I adviseyou to look at Bylaw 3/B - Standing Committees of the SRA.I hope you find this useful to decide which committee you may be best suited for!
Standing Committees of the SRA
 Outgoing Commissioner: Jean Marc MetraillerCommittee Duties & Functions
The Bylaws and Procedures Committee’s major duties are to manage the bylaws of
the MSU and provide recommendations on internal MSU governance. B&PC isimportant to MSU members because it ensures that the MSU government is followingthe procedures set forth to best serve the interests of students.2011/2012 Projects worked on:
Creation of a brand-new attendance bylaw, ensuring SRA attendancerequirements are fair, but also ensure SRA members are accountable totheir constituents.
Creation of a new policy on improving MSU access to co-op students,ensuring they get equal MSU opportunities for equal fees.
Aiding in coming up with the structure and goals of the Ad-Hoc Committeeon Democratic Reform.
Creation of new byl
aws for the President’s Council and the Academic Affairs
Council, ensuring these meetings are accountable, transparent, and areoperating within our bylaws.
Amending the elections bylaws to make them more flexible and lessarbitrary, and loosening restrictions on off-campus campaigning to allow formore students to be engaged in MSU elections.
Creating a brand-new bylaw governing our relationship with all Post-Secondary Lobbying Organizations, ensuring these relations are consistent,governed by concrete policy, and are democratically set by referendaIdeally suited for: People who are interested in legal philosophy, Creation oflegislation, Governance systems and structures, nuances of meaning etc
 Outgoing Commissioner: Huzaifa SaeedCommittee Duties & FunctionsThe External Affairs Committee oversees MSU relations with any bodies that are notlocated on
McMaster’s campus.
Our major work comes through our partnershipswith OUSA (Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance) and CASA (Canadian Allianceof Student Associations). The External Affairs committee reviews their policystatements/lobbying agenda and makes recommendations to the VP-Education. Advocacy is handled by only two committees (External and UniversityAffairs) yet is essential to the betterment of quality of education at McMaster. Forexample a large majority of funding for the education of McMaster students comesfrom the Federal Government via the Provincial government, as such our efforts canoften have direct potential impact on the experience and investment into McMasterstudents in the near future.2011/2012 Year Projects:-Platform Analysis & Promotions for the 2011 Provincial Election:http://www.scribd.com/doc/70280821/EA-Infopackageelections -MSU Tuition Policy: http://www.scribd.com/doc/89153232-MSU Student Near Campus Neigborhoods Housing Policy:http://www.scribd.com/doc/89152735
-MSU Student Financial Aid Literacy Policy and Awareness Campaign planning:http://www.scribd.com/doc/89153067
Ideally suited for…
 MSU members who have a knowledge of government or more importantly would liketo build upon their research, survey methodology, project management & policy skillswhile also learning in greater detail about the Post Secondary Education(PSE)Politics as well as the work the MSU Conducts to improve student life at OUSA,CASA and Municipal Level. People from a diversity of political/ideologicalbackgrounds as well as skill sets are welcome. Prior knowledge of PSE is definitelynot mandatory. The committee usually operates as a team, however there issignificant room for pursuing individual projects and ideas under the guidance of thecommissioner.
 Outgoing Commissioner: Simon GranatCommittee Duties & FunctionsThe MSU Standing Committee on Finance deals with the following procedures aspart of Bylaw 3B Standing Committees of the SRA:- Advise the VP Finance on matters pertaining to the budget or audited statements.- Advise any financial stakeholders on financial issues (i.e. FIT, business manager etc.)- Clubs audit- Review and approve criteria for clubs allocation- Wage reviews-
Be a ‘spokes
committee’ on ethical practices of the MSU
 - Publicize the annual budget2010-2011 Projects:-Wage Review for various staff positions-Rewriting the MSU Investment PolicyWork for future: Reworking the MSU Clubs financial processes
Ideally suited for…People with experience in human resources, budgeting, and clubs
funding. Familiarity with MSU Financial Bylaws and Operating Policies are an asset.
 Outgoing Commissioner: Riaz Sayani MuljiCommittee Duties & FunctionsThe SRA Standing Committee on Operations deals with the long term infrastructural

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