OPIRG at the SRA
OPIRG’s annual presentation to the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) of the McMaster Student Union (MSU) is Sunday, November 25 starting at 5:00 pm in Gilmour Hall Council Chambers (GH 111).
How to Support OPIRG
Like any political campaign, contacting your elected representative is an under-used but powerful and direct way to share your concerns or comments. Each McMaster faculty has undergraduate representatives representing students so you have specific people you can talk to! Send them a message, and keep track of their response (or non-response)!
That’s just the start. Elected officials (like the SRA) really take note when constituents actually start to show up, so if you can come in person and be there for OPIRG’s student board during their presentation, you will help OPIRG while experiencing the democracy of a representative assembly.
SRA FACULTY CONTACTS (EMAIL)
- Arts&Science firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commerce email@example.com
- Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org
- HealthScience email@example.com
- Humanities firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kinesiology email@example.com
- Nursing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Science email@example.com
- SocialSciences firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual “Bylaw 5” Presentation
Each year non-MSU, non-McMaster groups that receive funding from students present to the SRA about financial accountability. Groups like OPIRG, Incite Magazine, Engineers Without Borders, and Marching Band are in this category.
The SRA Bylaw 5 requires the information (below) and if the SRA is not satisfied with the accountability there, the can send a group’s fee to a referendum of the full student body.
3.1.1 Annual provision of financial statements to the Vice-President (Finance) by October 15, in a similar manner as submitted to the University, notwithstanding any accommodation provided by the SRA Standing Committee on Finance;
3.1.2 Maintenance of easily accessible online financial reporting;
188.8.131.52 Any group which falls under the Financial Accountability Policy for Student Organizations can follow University guidelines for online financial reporting;
3.1.3 Administration of the fee appropriately and in accordance with the original referendum or General Assembly motion that instituted the fee.
3.4 If the SRA Standing Committee on Finance determines that an organization has failed to meet the requirements outlined in Section 3.1 of this bylaw, a motion for referendum for that fee must be submitted to the SRA for consideration.
Why Support OPIRG McMaster?
OPIRG McMaster has been an active source for student engagement since 1995, and we continue to change and grow to ensure we provide the kind of support students need to be effective agents of change.
SOME OPIRG HIGHLIGHTS:
1995 – Campus Waste Audits
1996 – Clothing Swap!
1997 – Native Species Garden on Campus
1998 – Hamilton’s first volunteer-run non-profit bike repair shop Recycle Cycles
1998 – David Suzuki to Campus
1999 – Organized a Bicycle Art Show at Art Gallery of Hamilton
1999 – Supermarket Tour Guide
2000 – Car Free Day in Hamilton
2002 – Hosted Municipal-focused Conference
2003 – Effective advocacy to have pedestrian crossing light on Cootes/Sanders
2005 – Fruit Tree Project
2008 – Car Free Week!
2009: Farmstand started as an OPIRG Working Group project
2010 – Alternative Welcome Week
2013 – Beekeeping on campus
2013-2017 OPIRG hires summer students each year for the Hamilton Street Tree Project
2017-2018 Power Your Passion Workshop Series each term