The Dalhousie Student Union
is the official representative of students at Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is a public research university located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The university comprises eleven faculties including Schulich School of Law and Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. It also includes the faculties of architecture, planning and engineering located at...
in Halifax, Nova Scotia
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On November 10, 1869 students accepted ownership of the Dalhousie Gazette from the founding editors.
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was held February 18-19, 1960, regarding the question of a Student Union Building being built on campus. 90.2% of voters backed the idea. 83.2% of students turned out to vote.
On November 8, 1968, the Student Union Building was opened. The cost of the building eventually was $3,700,000. The construction of the building was made possible in part by the province of Nova Scotia, which granted a loan of $2,766,600 to the Student Union. The SUB loan was retired in 1982.
The CRTC approved student-operated campus radio
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CKDU-FM is a radio station broadcasting in a campus radio format from the campus of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Licensed to broadcast to the Halifax Regional Municipality area, it broadcasts via a 3200 watt transmitter heard primarily to the urban core of Halifax...
’s application for an FM broadcasting
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license in October 1984. The station’s first broadcast was Friday, February 1, 1985, at 3:30 p.m.
The Dalhousie Student Union was a founding member of the Canadian Federation of Students
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in 1981, but withdrew its membership in 1994. In that same year it became a founding member of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
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In 2003 the DSU helped found the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations
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, Nova Scotia's provincial student advocacy group.
The DSU is run by a council consisting of members elected by either the student body directly in open election
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s, or appointed by certain student societies. The council only meets every two weeks during the school year, and monthly during the summer. Council has the ability to approve budgets and expenditures on behalf of the student body.
Day to day operations of the DSU are managed by the Executive, which is deeded by the DSU President. The executive have the ability to execute their functions and spend their budgets as approved by Council, but any new programs or substantial changes must first be approved by Council.
The DSU also represents students on the Dalhousie Board of Governors and Senate, and to external organizations. The DSU is granted 6 seats on the Senate and 3 on the Board of Governors. Traditionally, one member of the executive will fill one of these seats and the remainder are filled by students chosen during an election. Students sitting on the Board of Governors or Senate also hold a seat on the DSU Council.
DSU elections are held annually, usually in the first week of March. They are preceded by a week of campaigning by the candidates. In the 2007 general election, the voter turnout rate was 21%.
The union also employs full-time staff to manage the Student Union Building, the Grawood campus bar, research, communications and reservations for building facilities. Full-time staff are managed by the student union executive.