Council Meeting Summary, October 28, 2015

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of October 28, 2015:

ABCS: Council heard a presentation from the interim chair of the Alliance of BC Students asking the AMS to remain in the organization, but after much debate Council voted to leave.  A key argument was that other large schools have already left.

Boycott: At the suggestion of the Social Justice Centre (an AMS resource group), Council passed a motion urging students to boycott UBC Food Services in protest against the recently announced increase in international tuition fees.  Council also voted to spend $20,000 on a campaign against the increase and passed a motion urging the alumni to voice their opposition as well.

Business Report: General Manager Ross Horton reported that 2014-15 had been difficult because of the construction surrounding the Old SUB (which reduced traffic to the building) and because of the delays in completing the new Student Nest.  However, he said the news was much better going forward.

Movember: Council heard a presentation about the annual moustache-growing campaign in aid of men’s health.  The focus this year is on mental health.

Block Party: AMS President Aaron Bailey announced that owing to AMS pressure, the University had agreed to let the annual AMS Block Party take place in Thunderbird Stadium on a trial basis.

Federal election: AMS VP External Jude Crasta told Council that the polling station in the Old SUB had been very successful.

Beer gardens: AMS VP Administration Ava Nasiri said it might be time to start a conversation with the University about the difficulty some groups were having getting liquor licences for their events.  Commerce, Engineering, and Arts reported being turned down for licences, though Science, Kinesiology, and Economics said they’d been able to obtain theirs.

Kinesiology fee: The motion to approve a new Kinesiology student fee to support a new building for Kinesiology was postponed indefinitely because plans have changed concerning the building.

BAGB changes: Council approved Code amendments changing the composition of the Business and Administration Governance board and also renaming it the Advisory Board for Business and Administration to emphasize that it is an advisory body.

The 258 bus route: Council passed a motion opposing TransLink’s announced plans to eliminate the 258 bus route, the only direct route for students travelling from West Vancouver to UBC.

Next regular Council meeting: November 4, 2015 in the Forum at 6 pm.

Sheldon Goldfarb

Clerk of Council

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