Hello, incoming King’s day student!
Welcome to King’s! We know you must very excited about the upcoming year, but that you probably have some questions too. Questions like:
Who the heck we are “we”? We are the Day Students’ Society, hitherto known as the DSS. The DSS is a society whose purpose is to to advocate for day student interests and to help first year day students with life at King’s.
But wait! What’s a day student, you ask? A day student is any King’s student that doesn’t live in residence. Most people who study at King’s are day students; however, only a fraction of them are day students during their time in first year.
As a day student, your situation will be somewhat different from that of typical first year students at King’s. Being a day student at King’s has its own special set of challenges and rewards. We at the DSS will be there to help you out as you navigate your way through these new exciting times. We provide day students in general (and first years in particular!) with various services which we thought you might be interested in knowing about.
First of all, we love to begin the year with our traditional DSS BBQ! This chill event takes place on September 2nd, the day before Move-In Day, and is a great way for you to meet your fellow first year day students while enjoying some classic summer food. In fact, some of our current executive members became friends at the DSS BBQs in their first year. We will be sending you an invitation with the details in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!
In the days that will follow the BBQ, you will also get a chance to hop into our legendary Orientation Week (O-Week) van. As a day student, it can be tough to fully take part in the events of O-Week while trying to commute back and forth between home and King’s. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun, the O-Week van can take you to and from King’s no matter where you live, and even if it’s late at night (and it’s freee!). The phone number for the O-Week van will be provided at the beginning of O-Week.
Of course, you may not necessarily want to have to go through all that back and forth–even with the help of the O-Week van. So for those dedicated students who seek to stay on campus as long as they possibly can, we are pleased to introduce the Day Students’ Hostel! The hostel is a brand new service, which we are SOO excited for! Throughout the year, at a rate of $35, you may book a room in North Pole Bay to stay the night. However, during O-Week, the President’s Office has been generous enough to subsidize the Day Student Hostel, making it free for the entirety of O-Week!! We will provide you with more information on how to book a room closer to September.
And when you need a little time to rest during the hectic O-Week, or when you are simply waiting between two events, there will also be the Wilson Common room: a relaxing, comfortable room furnished with snacks and board games, for all those day students who wish to kill time in a restful manner. And of course, we members of the DSS exec will be consistently on campus, always ready to help you out, give advice, or simply chat with you if you are looking for someone to talk to.
Throughout the year, the DSS will bring to you many more services and opportunities to take part in campus life. You can look forward to Maritime Night, our popular fall event where we celebrate our beloved Maritime culture. In years past, we have also brought students on trips to watch Moosehead hockey games, and even organized road trips to Sugar Moon Farms, which we hope to repeat this year. We consistently try to give day students a chance to gather together to have a good time, whether it is for a supper at the President’s Lodge, or simply to have tea in the Wardy at our weekly Life-Chat and Tea events. And if you feel particularly interested in our events, you can even consider joining our executive: we will be looking for someone to take up the role of First Year Representative in the fall…
All in all, we are very excited for the coming year, from the initial O-Week celebrations going to the very end of April. In the meantime, you can already start getting to know us on the internet: we have Facebook (facebook.com/DSSKings), Twitter (@TweetDSS), Instagram (@daystudentssociety), and our very own website: kingsdaystudentssociety.com! Our website has more info about our services, resources, events, and more, and our social media are updated often.
We also encourage you to join the “University of King’s College Class of 2021” and “UKC First Year Day Students 2017/2018” Facebook groups to connect with your new classmates, neighbours, and friends!
And if you’d like us to know you better, you can always contact us or, better yet, fill out the survey on our website. Our services should be tailored for YOU and telling us a bit about you will help us accomplish that. Please feel free to send us an email or message with your questions and concerns–we don’t bite!
We can’t wait to meet you, and hope that you have a great year at King’s!
Cédric Blais (President)
Charlotte Sullivan (Financial Vice-President)
Libby Schofield (Communications Vice-President)
Kayleigh MacDonald (Internal Vice-President)
Love trivia?? Wanna get involved?? Apply to become a trivia host!! Apply as a single host or in a team of two!
Download the form, fill it out, and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off to Stephanie at the front desk (preferably by email it so we don’t send a legion of trivia enthusiasts to Stephanie).
The deadline is midnight (11:59 pm) on September 1st.
If you have any questions, send us an email or message us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram!
This website has been a long time coming for the DSS, but it is finally here! Hello world!
We hope this place will be an extension of our online presence, a place where you can find everything at once and learn something new in the process. We have information about our current exec members, the resources and services we offer, and what you might expect from us for the upcoming year(s).
You might notice that some things are a little empty right now–but just think of us as new tenants to this space. We’re just getting moved in, and some things haven’t been unpacked yet. But as your new neighbours we wanted to say hello sooner than later! Once we head into the year we’ll put some decorations up and find places for many things that have been crammed into metaphorical boxes. In the meantime, take a look around and see what we have so far!
Read up on our amazing exec, or some of the resources we offer! If you have any concerns or questions about the website, or the DSS in general, let us know! Our email address is email@example.com or you can DM us on any of our social media accounts.
If you are reading this because you’re going to be a first year day student in September, feel free to contact us, and we can answer any questions you have about what it’s like to be a day student.
Lots of love,
The DSS is run by a group of dedicated day students who organize events, do all the paperwork and advertising, and make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. If you’re interested in being an executive member in the future, watch out for the call for our yearly elections, which usually happen in March.
Executive Members 2017/2018:
President: Cédric Blais
What the President does: The President supervises and coordinates the activities of the DSS, working with other members of the executive to brainstorm, plan, and implement events and services for day students. They preside at meetings, delegate tasks, and facilitate relationships with other important bodies on campus including the King’s Students’ Union, the Dean of Students, and campus businesses (e.g., the Wardroom, the Galley, and the Bookstore).
Who the President is:
Cédric is the current President of the Day Students’ Society. He goes by he/him pronouns, and is undergoing his third year at King’s, in the Contemporary Studies program. He has been involved in the DSS since his first year at King’s, when he accidentally became First Year representative, and then accidentally became President for his second year, before intentionally running a successful re-election campaign for the current year. This is his first fully non-accidental mandate for the DSS, and he’s thrilled about it.
Cédric’s first language is French, which is why he constantly struggles to enunciate words that are more than three syllables long and often gives up halfway through (unless the said word happens to be ‘teleological’ or something like that, he has an unhealthy love for obscure philosophical jargon). He was born in Montréal, but is Haligonian by adoption, as he has spent the last thirteen years of his life living in Halifax.
Since the start of his degree, Cédric has always been a Day Student, as have been many of his close friends. His two first mandates were accidental, but in no way unwanted; he is keenly aware of the challenges day students must face, both social and academic, and seeks to help students overcome these challenges in whatever way he (and the rest of the DSS) can. He’s always happy to talk about day student things, and would love to hear your questions, feedback, or just general ranting about Metro Transit.
He can usually be found in the Wardy, procrastinating.
Financial Vice-President (FVP): Charlotte Sullivan
What the FVP does: The FVP manages the DSS’s accounts, expenditures, and cash flow, draft budgets for each semester, and keep financial records.
Who the FVP is:
Hi friends! I’m Charlotte. I am in my fourth and final year at King’s taking Combined Honours in International Development Studies and Political Science with a minor in Italian Studies, and intend on going to law school after my time here.
I am the DSS’ Financial Vice-President, and this is my second year on the DSS exec (I was Communications Vice-President in 2016-17). I lived in residence during my first year here after moving to Halifax from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and have been a day student from my second year onward.
I am a lover of all things political (but especially student politics and social justice issues), Garrison Irish Red, travelling on a shoestring, genealogy, and copious amounts of Happy Hour sushi from Wasabi House. I can usually be found running around campus from one commitment to the next, looking extremely disheveled. I love to chat, so feel free to come say hello if you have any questions about our finances or if you just want to talk. See you around!
Communications Vice-President (CVP): Libby Schofield
What the CVP does: The CVP manages the communication of the DSS, bridging the gap between the executive members and the public. They run all social media accounts of the DSS, advertise events, create posters, and manage the Society Handbook. They also take minutes at Executive and General Meetings.
Who the CVP is:
Hey I’m Libby! I’m in my fourth and final year at King’s, and my fourth and final year as a day student. I grew up outside of Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia (home of weather aficionado Shubenacadie Sam and also lots of cows) but have lived in Halifax since coming to King’s and am now a self-described adopted Haligonian.
I’m completing my Combined Honours degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and English and I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I’m passionate about feminism, Miss Vickie’s jalapeno chips, Halloween, breakfast, and trash talking Metro transit. I’m slowly overcoming my fear of Torontonians by dating one.
I’ve been on the DSS executive twice before–as First Year Rep in 2014-2015 and Member-at-Large in 2015-2016–and am the unofficial mom of the DSS. You can usually find me in the quad, the Wardy, the library, or the line up at Tim’s. Come say hi if you see me!
Internal Vice-President: Kayleigh MacDonald
What the IVP does: The IVP works to ensure that all executive members can and do perform their responsibilities and duties, and assists the President in tasks and duties as needed.
Who the IVP is:
My name is Kayleigh MacDonald. I’m a third year day student, native Haligonian, and proud RavenPuff. I’m majoring in European Studies with a minor in Theatre. Along with being the DSS Internal VP, I am also on the executives of the the Wordsmiths’s Society and King’s P.R.I.D.E. If you see me in the Wardy, say hello: I’m always down to chat about intersectionality, Medieval Europe and memes.
First Year Representative: COULD BE YOU!
What the First Year Rep does: The First Year Rep represents all first year day students (FYDS) and ensures communication between FYDS and the executive. They also spearhead events for FYDS and make morning announcements pertaining DSS events and services at Foundation Year Programme lectures. The First Year Rep also assists the rest of executive with planning and organizing events.
Who the First Year Rep is: STAY TUNED. The nomination process will begin sometime after Orientation Week.