Council spends Students’ Union funds on pizza for meeting
The St. Thomas University Students’ Union passed a motion to order themselves pizza at Thursday night’s council meeting.
The meeting lasted for four hours and fifteen minutes. Council voted on 28 amendments to the proposed structural changes to the constitution and by-laws during the meeting. The new draft will be voted on at the regular meeting Jan. 24.
The pizza motion was originally proposed by Justin Brown, an off-campus representative and seconded by Alex Driscoll.
During the initial discussion Alex Carleton said “come on guys, we don’t need pizza.”
First year liaison Woody Brown asked “how much do we have left in the pizza line” drawing laughter from around the table.
The STU SU does not have a pizza line in the budget, although it is sponsored by Panago for pizza at events, like last Tuesday’s town hall.
The motion was tabled, to be discussed further after making a decision on some of the amendments to the proposed changes to the constitution and by-laws.
John Hoben reintroduced the motion when the meeting had been going on for almost three hours.
“If we decide not to get pizza can we at least recess for twenty minutes so I can get dinner before the cafe closes?” said Driscoll.
Luke Robertson said he thought it was funny “that you’re all looking to spend money to buy food for ourselves after calling hiring VPs undemocratic.”
When it came time to vote on buying pizza, things got somewhat silly, to the point where Ryan Smith, the chair of the meeting slammed his hand on the table and shouted at council.
“Guys, just because I don’t have a gavel doesn’t mean you guys are going to run away, and just because you’re ordering pizza doesn’t mean we’re not going to do serious business. Because we will be sitting here going through every amendment until the pizza gets here.”
Smith normally uses a gavel at the meetings, but it was forgotten in Nova Scotia after being accidentally taken home over the winter break. The gavel is expected to return soon.
The motion to order pizza was passed, with Rodrigo Flores and James Rouse abstaining and Alex Carleton, Emily Sheen, Luke Robertson, Elizabeth Murray, and Mathieu Carrier voting against it.
When the pizza was delivered, some of those who voted against it or abstained gave toonies to Fin Mackay-Boyce with instructions to put the money in to whichever line was being used to pay for the pizza.
Full disclosure, I did partake in the pizza. It was a very long meeting, and like the representatives I was also getting quite hungry.