Congress Weekly

MARCH BREAK AND WHAT LIES BEYOND: Congress Weekly – February 19th 2021

Written by Si Wen Shen
Edited by Bhromor Rahman

Freedom to Read Week
Did you know that book censorship is a real issue in Canada?  Even the Harry Potter series was challenged in Canada due to the positive portrayal of witchcraft.

This week in Canada, it’s Freedom to Read Week. The goal is to acknowledge the Right to intellectual freedom. This event is held every year at Marianopolis. Normally, the Library would hang up posters and put books that were challenged in Canada on display. This year, the Library would like to invite our students to recommend one of their own favorite books on social media and to repost or share the library’s post about this Week on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

Divestment
Many universities have invested and still invest in fossil fuel. For the sake of climate justice, for our planet Earth, many student bodies have risen up to call for these universities to divest from fossil fuel. In our own student population, there are students who  would like to know if the College invests in fossil fuel. If yes, members from our student population would like to encourage the College to divest from this environmental hazard. Congress looks forward to helping initiate discussions on this topic.

Wellness Box Pickup
Many have ordered the Wellness Box that Congress has launched along with the MSU sweaters. The way of delivery for these boxes is still a topic of discussion. Most likely, the box will need to be picked up in person at the College, but Congress is considering the possibilities of organizing outdoor activities along with the pickup. Activities would be available to all students regardless of having ordered the box or not. This subject remains to be discussed and planned, as instructions on the situation of the pandemic may change. 

March Break and On Campus Activities
As the pandemic slowly improves, restrictions on on-campus activities are also decreasing. A reminder that the College is always open, but students will need to register upon entry and maintain social distancing. Club activities may be possible, but with a limit of 6 people. Clubs are advised to ask Trudy or Adam about the logistics if they plan to organize any on-campus activities. 

During March break, the College will be closed, but the Library remains open for students who need its resources. Otherwise, no activities will be happening on campus during the week. 

Jubilee Discussion: Cultural Affairs Edition
Yu Zheng is really excited for the Jubilee Discussion organized by the Cultural Affairs Committee happening on February 26th at 7:30PM. Inspired by Jubilee’s Youtube series, the open discussion will touch on culture, social issues, women’s rights and sexuality. A great way to finish off the week before the break!

Blocks 4 and 5
Members of Congress are in frequent communication with the College about the situation for Blocks 4 and 5, and have relayed thoughts from student responses on the possibility of optional in-person classes and the nature of final exams. However, the situation for Blocks 4 and 5 are still being finalized by the College as of the time of writing of this article. In the meantime, Congress encourages students to reach out if they have any questions or concerns.

Si Wen Shen

Si Wen ''Shiya'' Shen is MWR's Editor emeritus of MariNews and one of the most important student journalists of our generation. She covered critical and controversial events that unfolded in the Student Union under her mandate. She was also the President of the Literature club which involved everything anime and pioneered the successful Archive-of-a-Shut-in column. She is currently a 1L Law student at Université de Montréal Faculté de Droit.

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