The Foolscap Vol. 5 Launch Party

Foolscap Launch Party

Please join BMSSA and The Foolscap teams to celebrate the launch of The Foolscap‘s fifth volume! There will be a chance to grab some free food and participate in giveaways.

Event Details

The Foolscap Launch Party
Friday, March 23 from 4:00-6:00 pm
Teefy Hall Room 201

Best wishes,

Liana Ramos
President of Book & Media Studies Student Association (2017-2018)

BMSSA 2018/2019 Elections

BMSSA 2018-2019 Elections

Dear Book & Media Studies students,

The Book & Media Studies Student Association (BMSSA) 2018/2019 Elections are upon us! If you’re interested in joining BMSSA, please consider applying. The available positions are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Event Coordinator
  • Media Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journal Editor
The nomination period is open from Monday, March 5 at 10:00 am to Friday, March 9 at 11:59 pm. Voting will occur online at voting.utoronto.ca from Monday, March 12 at 12:00 pm to Wednesday, March 14 at 5:00 pm.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be returning to U of T for the full 2018/2019 academic year
  2. Must be a Book & Media Studies student as a major or minor, or enrolled in at least 0.5 FCEs of Book & Media Studies courses during the 2018/2019 academic year
  3. Can only run for one position
Please submit a 100 word or less statement with the following information to bookandmedia@utoronto.ca:
  • Name
  • Year of study in September 2018
  • Program(s) of study
  • Position you’re applying for
  • Why you’re interested in your chosen position
Follow our event page for updates here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the BMSSA team at bookandmedia@utoronto.ca.

Best wishes,

Liana Ramos
President of Book & Media Studies Student Association (2017-2018)

Letter of Support to the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty

Book & Media Studies Student Association (B.M.S.S.A.)
Letter of Support to the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty
February 7, 2018

The Book & Media Studies Student Association (B.M.S.S.A.) is a Faculty of Arts & Science course union that represents students enrolled within the Book & Media Studies program. There are over 500 students enrolled in the program and its courses, accounting for the largest number of students enrolled in a University of St. Michael’s College (U.S.M.C.)-based program.

We have been made aware that the University of Toronto Faculty Association’s faculty and librarians at the U.S.M.C. have been negotiating for a fair, justified renewal of their collective agreement since Spring 2017. From then until the present, there have been no successful advancements made, and the B.M.S.S.A. Executive are concerned by the prospect of a strike from the rejected proposals. We firmly stand with the faculty and librarians of the U.S.M.C., and urge the administration to negotiate a fair collective agreement.

In particular, the rejection of an equitable statement consistent with the University of Toronto on the U.S.M.C. employment listings as well as equity training concerns us deeply. Book & Media Studies students, as well as other groups within the U.S.M.C. represent a diverse range of racial identities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious faiths. The B.M.S.S.A. believes that everyone, regardless of their identity, must receive the same right to feel welcome at the U.S.M.C. We believe that the administration has not made this explicitly clear, and is not committing to equity and diversity in the workplace and in the college itself.

Additionally, the rejection of proper job security and fair compensation for the U.S.M.C. faculty and librarians is another area of concern. These faculty members deserve to be secure and comfortable in their positions, while also being treated equitably and with fairness.

We strongly urge the U.S.M.C. administration to negotiate a fair collective agreement in order to avoid a strike. This situation is incredibly troubling for the students, faculty, and the librarians of this college.

If questions arise, please contact Liana Ramos, Book & Media Studies Student Association (B.M.S.S.A.) President, at bookandmedia@utoronto.ca.

Sincerely,
The Book & Media Studies Student Association (B.M.S.S.A) Executive:

Liana Ramos, President
Kendra Spencer-Cole, Vice-President
Victoria Yang, Treasurer
Amelia Leung, Secretary
Junyi Wang, Event Coordinator
Jessica Turner, Media Director
Debbie Zalamea, Graphic Designer
Celeste Yim, Editor-in-Chief of The Foolscap
Daniel Dong, Second Year Representative
Katy Czajkowski, Third Year Representative
Stephanie Ng, Fourth Year Representative

Winter Pub Night

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BMSSA is hosting its Winter Pub Night on Thursday, February 8 from 7:00-10:00 pm at the East of Brunswick (720 Spadina Ave.). Join us for free drinks and food; stay for the conversations on all things BMS and pop culture-related!

Best wishes,

Liana Ramos
President of Book & Media Studies Student Association (2017-2018)