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Our candidacy period has been extended until April 2nd!

Check out the event here for more information.


This Event is Happening Tomorrow (March 23rd)! Please Come!!

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the strike is happening tomorrow (March 23rd)!

Event details:

All Undergrad Fine Arts classes are cancelled on Monday, March 23rd!
http://www.concordia.ca/news/news/stories/cunews/main/stories/2015/03/19/important-message-from-the-provost-about-upcoming-student-strikes.html

As a result, we are planning a day of discussions, movies, art making, and actions!

//SCHEDULE OF THE DAY//

10am – EV 1.605 
Discussion between teachers, the Faculty of Fine Arts, and FASA students about austerity, Concordia University and the strike. Everyone is welcome to attend.

1pm – FOFA Gallery 
Discussion between students. *See the complete description below. 
(Will be moved to EV 1.605 depending on attendance)

2pm – Library Atrium
Concordia Strike Demo
http://www.facebook.com/events/935387766502005/

4pm – FOFA Gallery
Mob Squad Meeting followed by informal beer

10am to 6pm – EV 1.615
Political film screenings

10am to 6pm – Outside of the FOFA Gallery
Art making, workshops, and actions!

*Subject to change

//COMPLETE DESCRIPTION//

The Fine Arts Student Alliance, alongside the FASA Mob Squad, wishes to create a space where open dialogue, discussion, and information sessions can be held, to maintain a dialogue between faculty members, the student population as well as the student representatives from FASA.

There is a general lack of awareness regarding many issues on student politics, and we wish to offer an information session on the topic of student association, their structure, and the functioning of General Meetings. This session will cover a history of student associations’ movements, as well as a review of the internal mechanics of the meetings, be they annual or special. We will look at Robert’s Rules of Order, which “provides common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language”.1

The Strike tactic is often discussed and we would like to take this opportunity to look at past strike movements, especially student strike movements in Québec, and look at the gain that has resulted from these collective movements. This session will look at different benefits that were acquired, or maintained, when unions, alliances or associations throughout history resolved to go on strike.
A third panel will focus on austerity measures. This word is circulating a lot, and we wish to use this time to have a thorough look at what it means, where it comes from, how it affects the population, and what rationales are used by the governments to justify their choices. This is a vast and complex subject, and we will keep the focus on the ways these cuts are affecting the education system in particular, while considering that these measures are part of a plan to completely reform the size, role, and form of the Québec governing instance.

We will hold informal sessions of discussions, questions, and debates. These sessions will be presided by a neutral moodwatcher whose main concern is to keep the discussion respectful, relevant, and constructive. Speaking turns will be taken, with alternating genders if need be. This is also a way to approach the type and the structure of discussions and debates that are held during general meetings, in conformity to Robert’s Rule.

http://www.robertsrules.org/


Candidacy for the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA) Coordinator Committee Is Now Open!

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Amidst all this news about strike, we would like to announce that we will now be starting our elections process for the voting of next year’s FASA coordinators!

What is FASA all about?
The Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA) have been a great source of support for Concordia’s Fine Arts students, from financing to promotion, from community to individuals, it is a truly valuable resources for all of us!
For further information check out FASA’s website at http://www.fasaconcordia.com/

FASA is now looking for candidates for the 2015-2016 Coordinator Committee. Why should you run?
1. Is it a PAID position, so you get to make some extra money as you’re studying, expected weekly hours: 4 hours in office, 2-3 hours out of office of going to meeting and checking emails.
2. You will be able to make a real, tangible difference in people’s lives by participating in and nurturing Concordia’s Fine Arts community.
3. Perhaps I don’t need to say this BUT! This will look AMAZING on your CV

Positions available:
General Coordinator
Internal Communications Coordinator
External Communications Coordinator
Clubs and Services Coordinator
Student Life Coordinator
Finance Coordinator

THESE POSITIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO CONCORDIA’S FINE ARTS STUDENTS

If you’re interested in running, what do you need to do? It’s simple!
1 – Stop by the FASA office (in VA 025) to pick up a candidacy form.
2 – Get 25 FINE ARTS STUDENTS to sign this form.
3 – Drop off this form in the FASA office by April 2nd.
4 – If you’d like to put up posters in support of your campaign, feel free to do so, but it MUST be after April 2nd!
5 – You MUST take down your posters before the polling dates, which start on April 7th and end on April 8th, and will take place in the EV, VA, and MB.
6 – Results will be officially revealed on April 9th.

Check out the event below for more information on the elections and make sure to like Fine Arts Student Alliance – FASA – Coordinator Committee Elections for updates on who will be running!

Feel free to send an e-mail to fasachief@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

PDF Call for the Coordinators Committee-page-001


FASA’s Second Special General Meeting on Strike

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FASA April 1 SGM

At the CSU Lounge (H-Building 7th floor) 
Registration starts at 5pm
Meeting starts at 6pm

We invite you to debate and vote on whether or not FASA will be continuing the strike after April 2nd. 

Everyone is welcome to voice their concerns and opinions. There will be a Moodwatcher at the meeting who will ensure that the meeting is run smoothly and without any extreme emotions. If you ever feel uncomfortable voicing your opinion or concerns at the meeting, the Moodwatcher is available to receive texts during the meeting. These texts will be shared in your place, all the while respecting your privacy.

See you there!

FASA
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Motion passed at the last SGM on March 12th :

WHERE AS the student members of the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), hereafter named “members” recognize the implications to their education imposed by austerity measures and the trend of privatization in the financial models of postsecondary education,

WHERE AS Concordia University has suffered more than 15.7 million dollars in budget cuts under the Liberal Government’s new Austerity Measures Act that imposes over 172 million dollars in cuts to education.

WHERE AS the Faculty of Fine Arts has suffered under these budget cuts in the form of reduction in quality of education due to increased class size and reduced TA positions, increased workload of employees and faculty, loss of “non¬critical” positions in Health Services, Custodial and Sustainability Positions as well as unknown loss to the department directly.

WHERE AS FASA members recognize the need for transparent and open discussions around austerity measures and budget cuts, alongside standing in solidarity with faculty, workers, and other student associations who suffer austerity measures and budget cuts within the realm of education.

WHERE AS FASA members acknowledge the right to education and the importance in taking steps including but not limited to strike mandates, open discussion, mediation and solidarity to resist budget cuts to their education.

WHERE AS FASA members feel it appropriate to deliberate upon adopting strike tactics to increase pressure on both the provincial government and Concordia university administration to block aforementioned austerity measures, following the lead of various other associations, alliances, and federations, including but not limited to SoPhiA, the SCPA, LAS, AFESH, ASSÉ, and the affinity group Comité Printemps 2015, and joining over 125 000 students province wide considering looking ahead to a general strike.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Fine Arts Student Alliance and its members vote in favor of two (2) one day (1 day) strikes effective between the hours of 12:01 AM on and ending at 11:59 PM on both March 23rd and April 2nd.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT as result of this mandate, all classes qualified under FASA within the effective dates will be disrupted. In the objective of cancelling classes and/or preventing classes to happen.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT in voting in favour of striking, members emphatically support the Manifestation Nationale contre un autre budget d’austérité, organized by the Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) on April 2nd.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT if 30,000+ Quebec students and 2+ other student associations at Concordia university have declared a strike for April 2nd, then FASA’s strike mandate will renew and a special GA will be called for the evening of April 1st to deliberate upon the continuation of FASA’s undergraduate involvement in the strike movement.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT FASA stand in solidarity with teacher facing academic measures for not giving classes according to FASA strike decision.


FASA’s Mob Squad’s Drop-In #2

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Come on the 2nd floor of the EV tomorrow (outside of the Fine Arts Reading Room) to get more information about the strike and learn how you can get involved.


There will be people between 8 am and 6 pm. You can drop in at anytime!

You can come to : 
- Ask questions
- Offer to do class announcements with us
- Sign-up to join one of our 5 committees:

Workshops: organize workshops on picketlines, banner making, conflict resolutions, and more

- External: reaching out to other associations and committees

Informations: poster, flyers, research
Picketlines: blocking and disrupting classes
Safe Space: head quarter, well-being of the troops, food, coffee, etc.


Be sure to check out FASA Mob Squad for more information and updates on the strike.


FASA WILL BE ON STRIKE MARCH 23RD & APRIL 2ND

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fasa on strikeDear members,

We would like to officially announce that the Fine Arts Student Alliance will be on strike for the days of March 23rd and April 2nd.

For more information and to get involved, like the page FASA MOB SQUAD: http://www.facebook.com/fasamobsquad?ref=br_tf
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Official motion passed:
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WHERE AS the student members of the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), hereafter named “members” recognize the implications to their education imposed by austerity measures and the trend of privatization in the financial models of postsecondary education,

WHERE AS Concordia University has suffered more than 15.7 million dollars in budget cuts under the Liberal Government’s new Austerity Measures Act that imposes over 172 million dollars in cuts to education.

WHERE AS the Faculty of Fine Arts has suffered under these budget cuts in the form of reduction in quality of education due to increased class size and reduced TA positions, increased workload of employees and faculty, loss of “non¬critical” positions in Health Services, Custodial and Sustainability Positions as well as unknown loss to the department directly.

WHERE AS FASA members recognize the need for transparent and open discussions around austerity measures and budget cuts, alongside standing in solidarity with faculty, workers, and other student associations who suffer austerity measures and budget cuts within the realm of education.

WHERE AS FASA members acknowledge the right to education and the importance in taking steps including but not limited to strike mandates, open discussion, mediation and solidarity to resist budget cuts to their education.

WHERE AS FASA members feel it appropriate to deliberate upon adopting strike tactics to increase pressure on both the provincial government and Concordia university administration to block aforementioned austerity measures, following the lead of various other associations, alliances, and federations, including but not limited to SoPhiA, the SCPA, LAS, AFESH, ASSÉ, and the affinity group Comité Printemps 2015, and joining over 125 000 students province wide considering looking ahead to a general strike.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Fine Arts Student Alliance and its members vote in favor of two (2) one day (1 day) strikes effective between the hours of 12:01 AM on and ending at 11:59 PM on both March 23rd and April 2nd.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT as result of this mandate, all classes qualified under FASA within the effective dates will be disrupted. In the objective of cancelling classes and/or preventing classes to happen.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT in voting in favour of striking, members emphatically support the Manifestation Nationale contre un autre budget d’austérité, organized by the Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) on April 2nd.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT if 30,000+ Quebec students and 2+ other student associations at Concordia university have declared a strike for April 2nd, then FASA’s strike mandate will renew and a special GA will be called for the evening of April 1st to deliberate upon the continuation of FASA’s undergraduate involvement in the strike movement.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT FASA stand in solidarity with teacher facing academic measures for not giving classes according to FASA strike decision.


FASA’S SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING ON STRIKE IS MARCH 12th!

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Proposition :

That FASA continue collaboration with other student associations at Concordia and beyond in preparation for the anti-austerity movement planned for Spring 2015.

That FASA strive to further inform and mobilize its membership about the dangers of the Liberal government’s current austerity measures and the potentials to resist these measures.

That FASA be on strike on April 2nd, mobilize and invites its members to attend the “Manifestation nationale” of April 2nd, organized by ASSE (go here for more information:http://www.facebook.com/events/448351885311995).

This proposition can be debated, modified, amended, sculpted, reshaped however you want, as long as “the Members should discuss those topics of which the meeting was called.” (FASA bylaws)

Click here for more information on the event.

See you there!


FASA PAID POSITION CALL-OUT

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CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER (CEO)


The principal function of a CEO is ensuring that yearly elections run smoothly. Some of the responsibilities of the CEO are: to hire poll clerks, collect nomination forms, meet candidates before elections (to discuss process and rules), count ballots, and etc.. If interested, please email fasa@concordia.ca with a cover letter and a CV. THIS IS A PAID POSITION.

Deadline to apply is March 6th.


FASA’s SPG Deadline is Coming Up!

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Just a friendly reminder that our SPG deadline is coming up fast. You’ve got 5 days!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: FASA’s SPG deadline is coming up! Only 11 days left.

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