(February 28, 2013)
… She commended the arts faculty and former arts representative Vincent St. Pierre, who came up with the initial idea for the lounge. (…)
St. Pierre said he wanted to develop a lounge to increase the engagement of arts students when the faculty of arts was amalgamated in 2010.
“When this was first conceived, the main concern was to build up a sense of an arts faculty — of us not only being separate departments, separate units, commuter students — but having a greater sense of community on campus. I’m starting to see that. I’m starting to see people come together,” said St. Pierre.
(January 28 2013)
The U of C’s SU is a devoted group of students who advocate on behalf of the student body. They sit on many decision-making and administrative groups at the university.
This year’s executive team have set out attainable goals, but with only four months left in their positions, time is slowly slipping away for them to finish what they set out to do.
Vincent St. Pierre has shown dedication and commitment in his position as Board of Governors student representative. The BOG is the decision-making body at the U of C. St. Pierre, a fourth-year history major, has worked as a student voice on the campus. He helped inititate the Arts Lounge that opened this year.
“It’s a matter of process. Nothing the [BOG] wants to achieve happens quickly,” said St. Pierre, adding that he is excited that he has been able to be a part of the process. He has been working to establish the parameters of the position for a seamless transition for his successor.
St. Pierre has worked hard to stand out and give U of C students a voice.
(December 6 2012)
He is the lamb in the lion’s den.
Vincent St. Pierre is an opinionated, straight-talking blogger, who never shies away from stirring the pot and he’s ahem, a Liberal.. in Calgary..
But he doesn’t just thrive in what would typically be a hostile environment, he blogs about it to the world and his blog, CalgaryLiberal.com, was just named Best Political Blog at the Canadian Blog Awards.
(December 6 2012)
Student-at-large on the BOG and fourth-year history student Vincent St. Pierre said he will be voting no to the tuition increase at the BOG meeting on Dec. 6. St. Pierre said this tuition increase and added fee is happening as predicted, but a better plan for tuition and awards should be put in place by the university administration.
“What fundamentally is frustrating about this process is that there is no vision for tuition in the future,” said St. Pierre. “There have been some substantial issues going forward without a calculated plan. As it currently stands, that requirement on the administration isn’t being fully put through.”
He said one benefit of the U of C administration is the consultation of students in the tuition process. The Tuition and Mandatory Non-Instructional Fee Advisory Committee has given many students the opportunity to give their opinion on fee and tuition increases. However, St. Pierre said more needs to be done.
(October 25, 2012)
In 2010, when the newly amalgamated faculty of arts was created, there became a need for a student lounge. Current Board of Governors student-at-large and fourth-year history student Vincent St. Pierre, who was a Students’ Union arts representative at the time, set out to create the lounge. (…)
“When the [new] faculty of arts was created, there was an opportunity there to create a meeting space for arts students and we jumped at it,” said St. Pierre. “One of the major issues with the arts faculty when it was created was that a lot of students didn’t feel like they were part of a faculty. The goal of the Arts Lounge was to create a space, an avenue, for arts students to get a greater feel for the great multidisciplinary aspect of the faculty of arts.”
(October 4, 2012)
(October 2, 2012)
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St. Pierre may have written one of the most intriguing posts about the Liberals’ future.
In his blog post, St. Pierre argues that centrism is an electoral strategy, not a political philosophy, and that the Liberals should now start listening more closely to the current wisdom of — yes — Preston Manning, founder of the old Reform Party.
The goal of the informal rally, making its way across Canadian campuses, is simple: Get younger voters to the polls. Period. ”If they do, politicians will simply have to listen,” said 20-year old Vincent St. Pierre.
“It’s important (to be engaged in politics) because if no one does anything, nothing changes,” says Vincent St. Pierre, a University of Calgary student whose interest in politics began in high school. “I just saw that my values weren’t being represented in Ottawa and weren’t being represented in Edmonton.” (…) Juggling school, work and politics is difficult, but the latter is something St. Pierre feels passionate about. “I work really hard. I’ve given up on a lot of other things I could have jumped on to so that I can be politically engaged.”
Locally, Calgary bloggers have used this technology to get their views out to the public. Vincent St. Pierre, a political activist, created the blog has become popular with Calgarians.
“I try to give out my viewpoint,” St. Pierre said. “I talk to people and try to get them involved in politics.”
“Sometimes when you have civilians blogging, you lose some quality,” St. Pierre said. “But there’s also lots of opportunities for more in-depth stories since you don’t have to filter or follow guidelines.”
St. Pierre acknowledged that civilian blogs may not be the most polished source of information, compared to newspapers and other professional media, but the fact that it influences people has become a key motivator for many bloggers.
The new amalgamated faculty of arts at the University of Calgary was established months ago, but to several students the change was in name only. Students’ Union representatives from the faculty are trying to change that by proposing a new lounge dedicated to arts student use.
“I personally believe having a common lounge space really allows people to go in and feel like they’re a part of something greater,” said Vincent St. Pierre, one the arts representatives most involved with the project. [...] St. Pierre listed the goals of the new lounge as a general meeting space for students, a presentation space for small groups and as branding for the new arts faculty. [...] The representatives have seen support from administration as well. St. Pierre said the possibility of a student lounge was discussed before the merger.