NUGSS Referendum Results In
Prince George, B.C. – Undergraduate students at UNBC made a clear statement in elections this week.
They voted overwhelmingly in favour of increasing the Northern Undergraduate Student Society Fee (NUGSS) by $6.50 a year to around $42 a year in a referendum held over two days on Monday and Tuesday (349 students voted in favour of the increase while 124 voted no).
The increase was one option to help address all the money the Thirsty Moose Pub has been losing since it opened six years ago (including $40,000 last year).
“It means that the Society will be able to continue operating the pub ourselves, we won’t have to continue investigating leasing options,” says outgoing NUGSS president Arctica Cunningham.
“With this we have an increased source of revenue to be able to cover the losses of the pub to buy us some time to be able to do some better business planning and figure out a way to make the pub more successful.”
Students also voted in a new president this week – Erik Searle – who received 311 votes to David Schroeter’s 113.
“Honestly, I think he will do a really great job for the Society,” says Cunningham. “He’s been very involved with governance at the university all year. He’s built great relationships with people across the university and he was very, very passionate about NUGSS and that showed I guess in the results.”
NUGSS says just 19 per cent of the undergrad population bothered to vote.