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The Cheques in the mail

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Every year, for as long as our editors can remember, the Kwantlen Student Association has had one item that seems to recur as a topic of discussion on their meeting agenda: how much they get paid. While a few occasions have resulted in the KSA officials reducing their pay, more often than not, the conversation results in an increase in pay, This occurred again at last week’s meeting, where they voted to give their executives a nearly 50 per cent pay increase, resulting in $960 bi-weekly paycheques, as of April 1. While most student officials across the province are doing very important work to provide services to the students on their campuses, there are many instances where they are simply overpaid. We are all in favour of students being paid an actual living wage, but there are too many instances of representatives being paid exorbitant amounts to do nothing. It is rare for a student association to have adequate measures in place to hold their representatives accountable to students, and usually those in charge of holding anyone accountable are a part of the exclusive club themselves—fellow executives who want to get paid just as much as their counterparts. It goes a little something like this: “Oh, you haven’t done anything required of you in your job description? That’s okay, I’ll sign your cheque for you anyway, because I really need you to vote in favour of funding my event.” At the KSA, the representatives have been so intently focused on their own pay that other, more important issues have fallen to the wayside. While

other student unions have been diligently working to leave the Canadian Federation of Students, at Kwantlen, student organizers failed to collect enough signatures to try to leave the national organization this year. The KSA could also have been focusing on rising tuition costs, and better communication with students, but instead they’ve been sitting around discussing their wages, every year. Each time they discuss how much they should get paid, there is the underlying fact that they are actually discussing how much they want to get paid. Student politicians often start out with good intentions, but give them a few months in the business and all of a sudden they think they know everything better than anyone. There is a degree of self-importance that comes with being an elected representative, because they soon figure out that no one else on campus knows, or cares, about what they’re doing. And sadly, they’re right. They walk around like they own the place, but do you even know who they are? What efforts have been made to make sure they wander out of the KSA office to actually meet people on each of our campuses? It is up to us now to let the KSA know that we are paying attention, and that this constant debate on how much they should get paid is not a conversation that needs to happen every single year. It’s a tricky topic to deal with, because we want the best candidates possible to run for the KSA positions, so that we have the strongest people looking after our student fees and spending the money in a way that benefit us as students. But at the end of the day, it should be up to the membership of the KSA to decide how much our elected officials get paid— not the people who are essentially arbitrarily writing and signing their own cheques.

Feedback

Executive pay hike If it’s the lowest paid in the country, [“KSA proposes $10,000 raise for execs,” runnermag.ca, Jan. 9] where is the data chart showing the pay levels at other student unions? If someone could post a link to that document that would be great!

Steve Lee Fine Arts Having been on council when we were paid hourly and then it changed to an honourarium based pay I am a bit annoyed that this new board thinks it’s

appropriate (and not a conflict of interest, which it clearly is) to give themselves raises. They have had no more responsibility than they ever had. If an increase in pay is needed it is on the rep side. They are the ones who get paid the least. They cannot fully do what is needed of them when they only get maybe $175 a month. If the executives are feeling overwhelmed then they should increase the pay and the responsibilities of the rest of the board.

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KSA executives get $8,000 raises Student association approves 47 per cent pay hike for executive board.

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The Kwantlen Student Association council voted unanimously Friday to hike up their executives’ pay by nearly 50 percent to $24,960 annually. The four KSA executives will see their annual pay jump by more than $8000 starting April 1. Steven Button, KSA director of student services and the current chair of the executive committee, argues that the changes are necessary to reflect the demands put on executives. He says that he originally supported the 60 per cent increase but eventually decided to push for the lower amount.

“The size of the executive portfolios are quite large. They’re not something it can be realistically expected that anybody could be a fulltime student and doing this job,” he explains. The KSA’s governance committee had originally recommended a 60 per cent increase and other benefits, including free parking passes, and paid medical services plan benefits. However at their Jan. 10 meeting, council decided not to approve the extra benefits. With the pay increase, executives will also be asked to work 40 hours weekly instead of the 30 that are currently required. Button says that the positions are too demanding to be a full time student, but don’t pay enough to make up for being ineligible for student loans. “They need to be paid a living wage,” says Button. “Our executive board is the lowest paid of any executive board in — almost the

country — but definitely within B.C. This increase still leaves us in the very low-end, but brings us at least a little closer to what other student unions pay their executive boards.” A cursory online review by The Runner of several other local student unions found at least two executive boards in B.C. who are paid less than the KSA. Richard Hosein, KSA director of external affairs also supports the increase. “It’s a high-demand position and if you’re asking executives to split their duties between their school duties and their executive duties, they basically do a half-assed job on both sides,” says Hosein. 
“If you’re going to represent students represent them to the fullest.” No member of council, present at the meeting, spoke against the motion to increase executive pay. In an interview before the meeting, the KSA’s director of finance, Gaurav Kumar, says he originally wanted an annual increase of $2,600, but that it was the student

association’s general manager Jeremy McElroy who suggested that the executive hours should also be increased to 40. Kumar says that McElroy also checked what other student unions pay their executives. McElroy declined several requests to be interviewed. Button also says that offering free parking to executives, while at the same time urging students to use the U-Pass, would be inconsistent. “If we’re not incentivizing our executives to experience what it’s like taking transit down here, then how are they supposed to know what improvements are needed the most?” he asks. Button says that although the issue of what elected KSA officials are paid seems to recur fairly often, he doesn’t think that it takes away from the other work the student association does. “It’s going to continue to be a work in progress,” he explains. –with files from Samantha Lego


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The KPU library is hoping to make finals

Night owls find new roost KPU library stays open 24-7 in trial run of extended hours.

University librarian Todd Mundle. Samantha Lego/The Runner

easier on students by keeping their doors open 24-7 during exam season. The libraries on the Surrey and Richmond campus kept their doors open to students from Dec. 9-19. This pilot session acted as a trial run for around-the-clock operations in the future. “Overall, we think the program went really well,” says Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s head librarian, Todd Mundle. “There were people in the building at every hour.” Peak times were from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. “We didn’t really have a target, but when you have more than 100 students or 70-plus students at two in the morning, it’s a good sign,” says Mundle. According to him, feedback was largely positive. Although two problems that can be worked on before April are access to the second and third floors to allow access to quieter study areas and the water fountain. During the trial run, library services were closed. Only the building was open offering a “warm, dry safe place to study,” explains Mundle. The university set aside a budget of $17,000 to cover the two trial periods in December and April. Mundle estimates that keeping both Richmond and Surrey campus libraries open cost around $10,000. The largest portion of the money was spent on security costs. After receiving requests for a later closing time, the library

decided to operate on a 24-hour basis. Mundle says, “We didn’t really want to be spilling students out of the building at two or three in the morning.” Headcounts over the two-semester trial period will be used to determine whether having the library open longer is something students want. “That’s the reality of students these days,” says Mundle, “is that they’re not the nine-to-five Monday to Friday variety anymore, so we have to think about that … It’s just not enough for students these days. They need to have access to the resources.” Steven Button, director of student services for the Kwantlen Student Association and university senator, says that asking for extended library hours was part of the 2012 senate and board of governors elections campaigns. “It’s always something that I would like to see, [to] have the library hours extended across the board,” he says. “I think with trial programs like this, we are going to be able to make a better case for it in the future.” In December, the KSA provided coffee for students using the extended library hours. For April, Button says that with more notice, organizers will be able to better plan and advertise. The KSA has future aspirations of pushing the 24-hour library back to the two weeks before exam period. “There will still be people who will say, ‘well do we want to spend the money on that?’” says Button. “But no, this looks like it is well used by students, so I was really excited by how well it went.”

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The Alliance of B.C. Students Societyconference. Photo courtesy Titus Gregory

KSA joins alliance of BC students Gains unusual dual membership in provincial student lobbying groups.

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On Dec. 4, the Kwantlen Student Association council passed a motion to apply for membership in the Alliance of B.C. Students, and have since become members. The organization is still in its beginning stages, but it has already gained seven student organizations as members, representing 140,000 students across the province. “It’s a member-driven organization,” says Colúm Connelly, chairperson of the ABCS. It came out of a campaign called Where’s the Funding!?, which began in May 2011 and included the student associations of UBC, the University of the Fraser Valley, the University of Victoria, and Capilano University. In February 2013 the coalition expanded and they adopted their current name of the ABCS, with the goal of advocating for more accessible post-secondary education. This accessibility covers things like public transit, childcare, and creating a debt-free province for students. “The value for students is there, and there is no obligation to pay the fees as well so it’s a bit of a win-win situation,” says Richard

Hosein, director of external affairs for the KSA. He describes the ABCS as a group that is focused on government lobbying. “We still want to continue advocating for students outside the [Canadian Federation of Students],” he says. The ABCS does not require its members to pay any fees in order to join the organization. In their original constitution it explicitly stated that membership fees would not be collected, but the organization is now seeking official society status it is a provision not permitted in a society’s constitution. Connelly says that becoming an official society will give it more credibility. Although the KSA already pays membership fees to another provincial organization, the Canadian Federation of Students-BC, Hosein says that the CFS-BC is “ineffective for students,” whereas the KSA’s relationship and experience with the ABCS so far has been positive. According to Hosein, the KSA has been able to participate in campaigns that sought out meetings with MLAs to talk about the future of post-secondary education—and this was before they were even officially members. Students at Kwantlen have been collecting signatures to petition to leave the CFS-BC.

Until the outcome of the petition is known, Kwantlen students will remain members of both organizations. Hosein says, there has been “some animosity” between the KSA and the CFS in the past, and it “seems [the KSA] is neglected on a lot of issues.” The ABCS is different from other provincial lobbying organizations in many ways. According to Connelly, when the student groups came together to create the ABCS, they pulled ideas that they saw working in other organizations, as well as setting out provisions to ensure things they didn’t see as effective wouldn’t repeat themselves in the new organization. As the ABCS represents students from undergraduate, graduate, and trades schools,they are considering implementing caucuses for the different categories of students so that they can discuss what their group needs and raise it with the rest of the group. One thing the ABCS prides themselves on is what Connelly refers to as an “easyin, easy-out model,” where it is simple process to join the ABCS, and to leave. The student association just has to follow their own organization’s rules in regards to joining a new group, and write a letter to the board of the ABCS. For the KSA, all it took was a vote

at council, as the ABCS currently does not require specific membership fees from each student in order for an organization to be a member. It is the same to leave, so long as the association provides 30 days notice. One of the biggest conversations the ABCS is still having is in regards to funding. Currently, they are using a costs-shared model, where student groups decide how much they want to contribute, but it is uncertain if this is the model that will be continued. Connelly points out that there will be a minimum amount of money needed each year to ensure the running of the ABCS, to cover insurance and similar expenses. The ABCS will be having an annual general meeting in May, where they will likely hammer out some of the finer details of the organization. The main idea, says Connelly, “is to be completely transparent.” In the meantime, they are looking forward to a February campaign called “Trek to the Leg,” where student representatives travel to the B.C. Legislature in Victoria to meet with MLAs. They’ll be bringing a solutions-based approach, as Connelly emphasizes that it is important to express “what students need in a digestible way, to the government.”


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