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Students seek funds to renovate Burnside Basement (Lauren Benson-Armer / McGill Tribune)

SUS executives discuss upcoming events at General Council

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On Oct. 28, executives from the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) held a General Council (GC), which saw the presentation of executive reports on the progress of their portfolios.

SUS Vice-President (VP) Finance Sibat Anam gave a report on the Burnside Hall basement renovations in place of President Jeremy Goh, who was unable to attend the meeting. The proposed renovation aims to change the space of Burnside’s basement to be more student friendly, with improved lighting and study spaces. A crowdfunding page set up by the Faculty of Science and Interfaculty of Arts and Science has raised $2,280 thus far, 38 per cent of the $6, 000 goal.

“[Jeremy is] currently working on the Burnside [Hall] Renovation Committee, [but] they’re just working through a lot of hoops and it’s backed up [behind other construction projects on campus],” Anam said. “He met with McGill Spaces and Campus Planning to […] draft a proposal as soon as possible.”

VP Internal Charbel El-Kefraoui reported on the status of Hype Night ticket sales. The event, which is part of the Science Games, has seen the highest interest from students of recent years.

“We still have 50 tickets on sale, but I think we’re going to increase that number” El-Kefraoui said.

El-Kefraoui then briefly discussed the annual 5-on-5 soccer tournament that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Tomlinson Fieldhouse as part of the SUS’ Social SUStainability week.

“We have room for [teams from] eight departments, “ said El-Kefraoui. “The [top] three teams will get to donate money to a charity [of their choice].”

El-Kefraoui additionally announced that bonus points for Science Games, a three-day competition between science departments held in January, will be awarded to participants of the soccer tournament.

“This is basically going to be the biggest science games so far,” said El-Kefraoui.

VP External Mary Helmer-Smith announced that she recently secured Montreal nonprofit Share the Warmth to be the recipient of funds raised through SUStainability Week. Share the Warmth is a community group that works to fight hunger and poverty. According to Helmer-Smith, the week will consist of a series of fundraising events organized by SUS.

“The larger events that we have are a speaker event on Tuesday […] and then on the Thursday night we’re going to do a talent show,” said Helmer-Smith.

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