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UTGSU Digest: Nuit Blanche, Solidarity Statement, Back2School Barbershop- September 22nd, 2016

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1. UTGSU Executive Election: Tue. September 27th
2. UTGSU General Council Chair Needed
3. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chairperson
4. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tue. September 27th, 6pm
5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
6. UofT Solidarity with Standing Rock: sign and share!
7. UTGSU Gym Schedule – October to April
8. UTGSU Volleyball League Registration
9. International Students’ Caucus Nuit Blanche Evening
10. Student-led Consultations on Uof T’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence
11. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 Opt-Out Period Concludes
12. UTGSU Levy Refund
13. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
14. Bikechain Levy Refund
15. King’s College Circle Open House: Thu. September 29th, 12-3pm
16. Volunteers Needed for Fall at Harvest Noon
17. Graduate Speaker Series: Concussions – Biology and The Policy Work
18. Online Chats About UofT Student Parent Life: Tue. September 27th, 12-1pm
19. Harvesting Freedom: Farmworker Resistance: Sun, Sept. 25th, 7am
20. BACK2SCHOOL BARBERSHOP: Tue. September 27th, 2016, 3:30-6:30pm

1. UTGSU Executive Election: Tue. September 27th
There are currently two vacancies on the UTGSU Executive Committee and General Council has called for an election to take place during the September Council meeting on Tuesday, 27 September from 6 – 9 pm in Banting Institute, room 131. The positions of Internal, Finance and University Governance, and possibly Academics and Funding, Division 1 and 2 will be open to any UTGSU Member who has been a graduate student for at least one term. For details of commissioner duties, go to https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/ (click on Bylaw and scroll down to Article 7: Executive). The stipend is approximately $1200 a month. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact internal@utgsu.ca.

2. UTGSU General Council Chair Needed
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a General Council Chairperson for the 2016-2017 academic year. Experience chairing large bodies, experience as a member of the UTGSU General Council or like decision-making body, familiarity with Bourinot’s/Robert’s Rules of Order, experience with anti-oppression practices are all assets. Preference will be given to members of the UTGSU, but all experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Please visit https://www.utgsu.ca/ for more information.

3. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chairperson
The UTGSU is seeking two members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested members should send a statement of interest to internal@utgsu.ca. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

4. UTGSU Board of Directors / General Council Meeting: Tue. September 27th, 6:10pmThere will be a UTGSU General Council meeting on Tuesday, 27 September from 6 – 9pm in Banting Institute, room 131 (100 College St.). All members are welcome, but only representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a representative and you wish to speak, you can request speaking rights by raising your hand at the beginning of the meeting. If you are a Council Representative and wish to send a proxy, please email internal@utgsu.ca and fieldworker@utgsu.ca no later than the previous Friday with the name and email address of the proxy voter. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council.

5. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following: Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-30th, 2016 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadlines). Link to the Opt Out site: www.studentcare.ca. Link to the Opt In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca. Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca. Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2016-2017: (1) Greenshield.ca/studentcentre; and (2) www.studentcare.ca.

6. UofT Solidarity with Standing Rock: sign and share!
Below is a link to a statement from all members (students, staff, faculty) of the UofT community in solidarity with the ongoing Standing Rock struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This letter will be shared on social media and with the land and water defenders who are putting their bodies on the line in North Dakota. Please consider adding your name and circulating to your broader UofT networks. Statement of solidarity: http://bit.ly/2czcVn6. If you can, consider making a donation to one of the following funds to support the struggle: Standing Rock legal fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf. Sacred Stone Camp fund: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp.

7. UTGSU Gym Schedule – October to April
Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7-10pm. Registered graduate students may also book the UTGSU gym for basketball on Thursdays and doubles badminton on Fridays for one hour per week. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdayevenings are reserved for the volleyball league. Daytime bookings can be made from 10 am to 5 pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation and singles badminton. UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00am. To book call 416-978 8464. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their Tcard upon request. For more information, go to http://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym/ or email gym@utgsu.ca

8. UTGSU Volleyball League Registration
The UTGSU Volleyball league will be starting in October! This year three divisions are available – Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive – and the league will run Monday to Wednesday nights from 5pm – 11pm at the UTGSU gym. Registration can be done in-person or via the online form at https://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-volleyball-league/. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry! Register as an individual and play with some new friends. If you have any questions please feel free to email volleyball@utgsu.ca or come to UTGSU orientation where we will have a table. League registration will close at midnight on September 16th. See you on the court.

9. International Students’ Caucus Nuit Blanche Evening
International students, come and join the International Students’ Caucus with an evening of contemporary art events around the city during Nuit Blanche on Sat Oct 1st. All international graduate students and friends are welcome. Further information on location and time and RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/SfkFlAibgHvpHxXh2

10. Student-led Consultations on Uof T’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence
The UTGSU Executive Committee will be hosting student-led consultations on the University of Toronto’s Draft Policy on Sexual Violence for the month of September. Starting next Thursday, graduate students are welcomed to participate in these discussions and provide feedback that will be reported back to the University Administration. Accessibility services and accommodations have been made to ensure these will be inclusive spaces. Dates: September 15th @ UTSC, 12-2PM, Humanities Wing (Room HW305); September 22nd @UTM, 12-2PM, Spigel Hall (Davis Building, Room 1110); September 29th @ St.George, 6-8PM (Location, TBD). The Expert Panel on Sexual Violence Recommendations: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/SV_Panel_Recommendations.pdf. Draft Policy on Sexual Violence: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/DraftPolicySexualViolence.pdf

11. Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative Fall 2016 Opt-Out Period Concludes
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with the Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative (which operates Harvest Noon Café) and receive a refund of their fees can stop by Harvest Noon Café (upstairs at 16 Bancroft Ave). Refunds for the fall term are $0.50 for full-time graduate students and $0.25 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID + proof of enrolment. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are as follows: weekdays September 12th to September 30th from 9am to 3:30pm and the Monday evenings of September 12th, 19th and 26th from3:30pm to 9pm. NOTE: If you chose to opt out, you will no longer receive benefits such as discounted workshop and event pricing.

12. UTGSU Levy Refund
University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) and receive a refund of the fees collected can drop by the SBA office at 215 Huron Street, room 924. Refunds for the fall term are $2 for full-time graduate students and $1 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of registration. To learn more about SBA, please visit: uoftsba.com. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are: Mondays-Thursdays between11:30am-5:30pm and Fridays between 12:30pm-5:30 from September 12th to September 30th. Evening opt-outs are on Monday September 12th, Wednesday September 14th between 7pm-9pm and Thursday September 22nd. If you wish to receive your levy refund during the evenings, please call our office number 416 967 7322 and we will let you into the building.

13. OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period
University of Toronto full-time and part-time graduate students who have paid the Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Toronto fees and wish to opt-out of OPIRG-Toronto are able to claim their fees refund with proof of enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please bring your proof of enrollment to the OPIRG Office in the North Borden Building at 563 Spadina Crescent, Room 101 during the opt-out period: Thursday, September 8 to Wednesday, September 28inclusive. Our office will be open Monday to Friday from 11AM to 7PM during the period. *Graduate students at UTM, UTSC and Aerospace wishing to opt-out are invited to contact the office to make alternate arrangements to obtain their refund. Our phone number is (416)978-7770 and our email address is opirg.toronto@utoronto.ca.

14. Bikechain Levy Refund
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pm; Tues. Sept. 13 10am-5pm; Wed. Sept. 14 10am-5pm; Thurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pm; Fri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

15. King’s College Circle Open House: Thu. September 29th, 12-3pm
The Landscape of Landmark Quality design project is a proposed revitalization of the major public spaces of the historic St. George campus. You are invited to attend an Open House, an exhibition of the design proposal by our consultant team: KPMB Architects & Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA). Presentation Panels will be on display including material focusing on improved amenity and function, accessibility and safety in the landscape. The Open House is an opportunity to review changes to the proposal and ask questions about the design. Find out more at: http://landmark.utoronto.ca/. Join us at ODLC, 6th Fl 215 Huron Street! Light refreshments will be provided.

16. Volunteers Needed for Fall at Harvest Noon
Enjoy food prep? Want to learn more food skills? Honing your grant writing? Or just like being part of a collective community? There are lots of opportunities at Harvest Noon Café this September and beyond! Overall, volunteer roles available range from food preparation to grant writing, outreach and events. Also, for those interested in the business end, board of director elections will be coming up in winter along with our Annual General Meeting. To sign up and/or learn more, check out: http://harvestnoon.com/volunteering/volunteer-sign-up-form/

17. Graduate Speaker Series: Concussions – Biology and The Policy Work
Grad Room has started a new initiative for graduate students to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue, familiarize themselves with the breadth of research going on at UofT from across disciplines and create community. Each month, the Graduate Speaker Series will have two graduate students from different disciplines speak about their research on a similar area of research. The first session will be on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30pm and we will be discussing ‘Concussions – Biology and Policy Work’. Please register here for this event: http://bit.ly/2cRx3CO.

18. Online Chats About UofT Student Parent Life: Tue. September 27th, 12-1pm
An FCO Advisor & a Peer Mentor will be available to chat and answer questions about student family life at U of T, including balancing study and family, strategies and insights on caring for a family member, specific questions on child care and child care subsidies, or your newly found pregnancy! Pre-registration necessary at http://uoft.me/14X as we will send the link for you to connect to the chat. All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partners/spouses are welcome!

19. Harvesting Freedom- Farmworker Resistance: Sun, Sept. 25th, 7am
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) has launched the Harvesting Freedom Campaign, featuring a pilgrimage from Leamington to Ottawa. The pilgrimage stops in Toronto on Sunday, Sept. 25th where farmworkers and their supporters will gather at the Ontario Food Terminal, the economic heart of Canada’s fruit and vegetable sector, to demand permanent immigration status for the men and women who produce Canadian food. Join us bright and early for some coffee, pancakes, and protest! For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1144027952321675/.

20. BACK2SCHOOL BARBERSHOP: Tue. September 27th, 2016, 3:30-6:30pm
Are you LGBTQ2SIA and Black, Indigenous or POC? Come by for a free short haircut by Kou! Wy Joung Kou, queer barber extraordinaire, will be catering to all your queer hair needs to prepare you for the new school year with some freshest cuts on campus! Kou specializes in barbershop style cuts including fades, undercuts, buzz cuts, combover and pompadour styles as well as line-ups and designs. They work mainly with clippers strictly doing short hairstyles (including some scissor work). By appointment sign up at coordinator.cwtp@utoronto.ca. There will be few spots for walk-ins (first-come, first-serve). Part of the University of Toronto’s Queer Orientation Week

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