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Brock University Students' Union

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Incorporated: 1970
Governance: Executive, Board of Directors, Student Council
President: Kithio Mwanzia
Members: 16,356
Staff: 250 (estimated)
Full Time Staff: 22
Operating Budget: $1,099,386

The Brock University Students' Union, known as BUSU, represents the students at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. BUSU is a student run organization representing over 17,000 undergraduate students, providing a wide range of services, businesses and activities. BUSU is a member of the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations and a founding member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. Image File history File links Newbusulogo. ... Brock University is a modern comprehensive university located in St. ... St. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (de facto) Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24... The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) was formed in 1995, by several post-secondary institutions students unions who had withdrawn from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in a dispute over its policies and organizational structure. ... The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is an alliance of university student councils from across Ontario. ...



BUSU logo circa 2001
BUSU logo circa 2001

The Brock University Students' Union executive is made up of four popularly elected students; the President, the Vice President Student Services, the Vice President University Affairs and the Vice President Finance and Administration. The executive is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Students' Union as well as for developing strategies to implement policy set by the Board of Directors and BUSAC (see below) and collectively providing leadership and direction for the ogranization. Image File history File links Busulogoold. ... Image File history File links Busulogoold. ...

The Brock University Students Administrative Council (BUSAC) is a popularly elected legislative body comprised of representatives from all academic faculties of the university as well as representatives for Residence, Off-Campus, and International students. BUSAC is responsible for the legislative oversight of, and political representation of students to the Students' Union, through full council meetings as well as a variety of standing committees. Furthermore, the activities and operations of the Brock University Students' Union are reported to BUSAC by the BUSU executive.

The Brock University Students' Union Board of Directors is comprised of seven members, the President and one other executive member, three members of BUSAC as appointed by BUSAC, as well as two student at large members elected by the students in general elections. The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the human resources of the students' union, as well as having a trustee relationship with the organization, particularly in regard to its corporate and legal responsibilities. The Board also serves as the highest level of appeal for all redresses of grievance with, or within BUSU.


BUSU President Kithio Mwanzia
BUSU President Kithio Mwanzia
VPFA Adam Smith
VPFA Adam Smith
VPSS Lauren Souch
VPSS Lauren Souch
VPUA Brad Humble

President: Kithio Mwanzia
Vice President Finance and Administration: Adam Smith
Vice President Student Services: Lauren Souch
Vice President University Affairs: Brad Humble
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Board of Directors

Chair: Kithio Mwanzia
Vice-Chair & BUSU Exec rep: Adam Smith
Student-at-Large: Bjornar Egede-Nissen
Student-at-Large: Katie Murray
BUSAC Director: Dana Hendrix
BUSAC Director: Aaislinn Nijhius
BUSAC Director: Damien O'Brien

BUSAC councillors

Applied Health Science: Rob Lanteigne, Marla Nasello, Megan Smith
Business: Stacey Cormier, Jenn Engelage, Dana Hendrix, Tyler Manning
General Arts: Lisa Marie Peters, Andy Saunders
Humanaties: Bryan Moyer, Kathleen Stack
Math and Science: Branden Fonovic, Nickie Hansen, Amy Styles
Social Sciences: Tyler Goode, Elyse Graf, Kurtis McCartney, Aaislinn Nijhuis, Damien O'Brien, Sarah Peckham, Lisa Piroli, Amanda Reiner
Off-Campus: Leo Lehman
Residence: Lauren Peters

BUSAC ex-officio members

Graduate Students' Association: Bo Peng
Senate: Alison Grevatt, Brad Humble, Sohail Mall, Marla Nasello, Damien O'Brien, Lisa Piroli, Andy Saunders
Board of Trustees: Michael Sidenberg, Sean Woodhead
BUSCI: Leo Lehman, Kurtis McCartney, Damien O'Brien

Ex-Officio Members have speaking rights at BUSAC, but are non-voting unless they also have a Council or Executive seat.

Committees and sub-committees of BUSAC

BUSAC has numerous committees which deal with specific aspects of BUSU and Student Life in general. These committees are comprised of BUSAC members as well as Students-at-Large. There are 11 standing committees of BUSAC.

Committee Chair BUSAC Members Students-at-Large Additional Members
The BUSU Appeals Committee Leo Lehman Bjornar Egede-Nissen, Elyse Graf, Megan Smith Katie Gellaty
The Club Policy Committee Lauren Souch Leo Lehman, Lisa Marie Peters Susan Abou Fadel, Bianca Bruni
The Elections Committee Chris Green Rob Lanteigne, Aaislinn Nijhius, Sarah Peckham Vacant Mike Bureau (DRO), Jackie van Egmond (DRO)
The Environment Committee Marla Nasello Dana Hendrix, Amanda Reiner Jen Meaney
The Ethics Review Committee Sean Woodhead Jenn Engelage, Tyler Goode, Katie Murray Carissa Bell
The External Affairs Committee Brad Humble Leo Lehman, Katie Murray Ryan Gilhooly Damien O'Brien (OUSA Coordinator), Chris Raimondo (CASA Coordinator)
The Finance Committee Adam Smith Stacey Cormier, Tyler Manning, Kurtis McCartney, Aaislinn Nijhius William Crothers, Matt Groene
The Governance Committee Damien O'Brien Leo Lehman, Aaislinn Nijhius Bianca Bruni, Lionel Tupman
The Nominations Sub Committee Vacant Rob Lanteigne, Aaislinn Nijhius, Sarah Peckham Vacant
The Student Health Plan Advisory Committee Lauren Souch Jenn Engelage, Lisa Piroli Bianca Bruni
The Universal Bus Pass Committee Adam Smith Brandon Fonovic, Lauren Peters Ryan Gilhooly, Aleem Merani
The Ancillary Fees Ad-Hoc Committee Kithio Mwanzia Brandon Fonovic, Leo Lehman, Damien O'Brien, Lisa Marie Peters, Kathleen Stack, Amy Styles, Damien Ford


The Brock University Students' Union provides the following services to students.

Orientation Week

BUSU puts on O-Week in conjunction with Brock University during the first week of the school year. Puting on all ages events and information fairs for first year students at Brock as well as returning students. Past events have included dance parties, concerts, midway fairs & desert parties. The website for O-Week is www.brocku.ca/orientation[1]

Health Plan

The BUSU Health Plan is designed to provide an extended health and accident insurance program especially for Brock students. The goal is to provide peace of mind through insurance and to offset costs associated with their health needs. Coverage includes prescription drug coverage, accidental travel insurance, emergency dental coverage and optical coverage.

Dental Plan

The BUSU Dental Plan will be implemented for the 2007/2008 year, as it, along with a $1,000,000 Learning Commons referendum, were held from November 21st to 23rd. Both questions passed with 72.3% for the Dental Plan and 75.4% for the Learning Commons. [2]

Brock Off-Campus

BOC Logo
BOC Logo

Brock Off-Campus (BOC) allows students living off-campus the full university experience. Various trips, events and social activities throughout the year help off-campus students stay connected. Past events and activities include semi-formals, camping, barbecues, and professional sporting events. The city is divided up geographically into six teams, each run by a coordinator. Bank of China Logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Bank of China Logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ...

Foot Patrol

Foot Patrol Logo
Foot Patrol Logo

Foot Patrol is a free volunteer service that provides students, staff and visitors with a safe escort on and around campus at night. Volunteers are screened & trained. Foot patrol Opperates every weeknight from 7:30pm-1:30am. Foot Patrol works past 2:30am on Thursday nights as well as during any other special events on campus. Image File history File links FootPatrol. ... Image File history File links FootPatrol. ...


Every Brock student taking 1.5 credits or more receives unlimited use of St. Catharines, Welland, and Niagara Falls Transit. This service is paid for by an ancillary fee collected with student tuition.

Emergency Student Loan Program

The Brock University Students' Union offers interest-free short-term loans and grocery vouchers for students experiencing immediate unmet financial need.

Brock Aid first aid responders

Currently in its first year of operation, Brock Aid provides emergency medical response during BUSU events, and during Thursday nights at Isaacs. Brock Aid is also available free of charge, upon request to staff other events in the University community.


The Brock University Students' Union ratifies student clubs and provides them with funding and organizational assistance. BUSU provides clubs with room bookings, BUSU.net e-mail addresses, postings on the BUSU bulletin boards and advertising in the Brock Press.

BUSU clubs are overseen by the BUSU Vice President Student Services.

Ratified BUSU clubs

Fully ratified BUSU clubs receive all benefits provided by BUSU.

-ACE Brock
-Aboriginal Student Organization
-Association of Black Brock Students
-Brock Animal Rights Club
-Brock Bedlam
-Brock Christian Fellowship
-Brock Comedy Network
-Brock Dance
-Brock Economics Club
-Brock GO Club
-Brock Japanese Culture Club
-Brock NDP
-Brock University Students' Portuguese Association
-Brock Pride
-Brock Pre-Med Club
-Brock Relieving Internation Kids (BRIK)
-Brock Students for Literacy
-Brock Society of Undergraduate Mathematicians (Brock SUM)
-Brock Tamil Student Association
-Brock Trivia
-Brock University Archaeological Society
-Brock University Caribbean Students Organization
-Brock University Korean Association
-Brock University Legion of Physicists
-Brock University Spanish Students Association
-Brock Young Liberals
-Brock University Geography Society (BUGS)
-Campus for Christ
-Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CCSA)
-Community Health Science Council
-Con-Ed Club
-Italian Club
-Jewish Students' Association
-Muslim Students' Association
-Psychological Society
-Ukrainian Students Club
-World University Students Canada (WUSC)
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In addition to providing services, BUSU also owns and runs several businesses.

Isaac's Bar

Isaac's is one of the biggest campus bars in Canada. It has played host to many headline bands, including Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Finger 11, Sloan, The Trews, Bedouin Soundclash and Sam Roberts. Sum 41 is a Canadian pop punk band from Ajax, Ontario consisting of Deryck Whibley (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard/piano), Jason Cone McCaslin (bass), and Steve Jocz (drums). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Finger Eleven is a Burlington, Ontario-area alternative rock band that has earned a devoted Canadian following. ... Sloan is a power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... The Trews are a Canadian rock group from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, consisting of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Sean Dalton. ... Bedouin Soundclash is a Canadian band from Toronto. ... Sam Roberts (born October 2, 1974) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, whose 2002 debut release, The Inhuman Condition, became one of the bestselling independent releases in Quebec and Canadian music history. ...

Union Station

Union Station is located in the Students' Centre and offers several choices of freshly prepared food at student-friendly prices.


SUBcetera is the on campus convenience store, with two separate locations on campus.

SkyBar Lounge

The SkyBar Lounge is a licensed bar and lounge where students can sit down and enjoy freshly prepared food in a laid-back atmosphere.


Advertising and Design Services is BUSU's in-house shop that handles all BUSU publications and advertising.

Student fees

Every undergraduate student at Brock University pays $13.46 per credit to provide BUSU with the funding necessary to operate BUSU services. In addition, the following fees are also collected by BUSU

BUSU Capital Fund: This $2.50 per credit fee is used by BUSU on major capital expenditures such as renovations to the BUSU building or major equipment for BUSU businesses and services.
BUSU Strategic Expansion Fund: This $7.00 per credit fee is intended for use by BUSU in the building of new buildings or the expansion or purchase of current buildings. This fund can only be accessed by a student referendum.
Brock Press Fee: The Brock Press is funded by this $2.50 per credit fee.
OPIRG: Students pay $1.50 per credit to fund the Ontario Public Interest Research group.
OUSA: This $0.41 per credit fee pays Brock University's dues as a member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.
BUSU Safety Fee: Money collected under this $.25 per credit fee is used by BUSU to pay the Niagara Regional Police to provide security at Issac's pub nights.
Brock Radio: Students pay $1.50 per credit to fund CFBU, Brock's campus radio station. Student fees pay for the student radio segments, broadcasting fees, community radio shows, programming director and station manager of Brock Radio.
WUSC: $.40 per credit is collected to fund World University Services Canada
Day Care Centre Fee: Each registered undergraduate student pays $1 to fund the Rosalin Blauer Child Day Care Centre.
Student Health Plan Fee: This $115 fee is for the BUSU student health plan. All students enrolled in 3 or more credits pay this fee. Students can opt-out (during the first few weeks of the fall semester) and receive a refund on this fee if they already have an existing health care plan.
U-Pass Fee: Every Brock Student taking 1.5 or more credits pay a non-refundable $132.30 fee for the Brock Universal Bus Pass. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is an alliance of university student councils from across Ontario. ... The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) provides policing services for the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario, Canada. ... CFBU is the campus radio station of Brock University in St. ...

The Brock Press

BUSU is also the publisher of the Brock Press, Brock University's weekly student newspaper.


The elections for the four BUSU executive positions and the 2 Student at large positions on the BUSU Board of Directors took place from February 13th to 15th. Victorious were James O'Brien (President), Adam Smith (VPFA), Damien O'Brien (VPUA), and Laura Grouchy (VPSS). Brittany Traynor and Bianca Bruni were acclaimed to the Board of Directors.

Past executive

2005-2006: President: Bryan Hicks VPFA: Kojo Ansah (resigned in November 2005) VPUA: Kithio Mwanzia VPSS: Marla Nasello

2004-2005: President: Brandon Larry VPFA: Freddy Yeboah VPUA: Nick Brown VPSS: Sarah Regnier

2003-2004: President: Brandon Larry VPFA: Bryan Butryn VPUA: Mike Miller VPSS: Kim Lazenby

2002-2003: President: Mark Baseggio VPFA: Phil Haines VPUA: Brett Bergie VPSS: Jeff Kerk

2001-2002: President: Duncan Small VPFA: Garrett Rocca VPUA: Mark Baseggio VPSS: Leigh-Anne Purvis

2000-2001: President: Rob Gilmour VPFA: Darren Fox VPUA: Duncan Small VPSS: Chris Brewer

1999-2000: President: Brad Clarke VPFA: Chris LeConte VPUA: Kabir Abdurrahman VPSS: Keesha Dorosz

1998-1999: President: VPFA: VPUA: Sonya Balaban VPSS:


At the federal level, the Brock University Students' Union is a member of the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations and at the provincial level, it are a founding member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) was formed in 1995, by several post-secondary institutions students unions who had withdrawn from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in a dispute over its policies and organizational structure. ... The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is an alliance of university student councils from across Ontario. ...

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