Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, October 12, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of October 12, 2016:

Classroom Announcements: Council heard a presentation for the plan to begin regular classroom announcements, perhaps with video accompaniment, to inform the student body about what the AMS is and what it is doing.

Accessible Shuttle: Hussam Zbeeb, the Student Services Manager, told Council about plans for a new service run jointly with the University to meet the mobility needs of those with temporary or permanent disabilities.  Golf carts will be used to transport eligible students, staff, and visitors across campus.

New Bird Coop? AMS President Ava Nasiri told Council about the University’s consultation for their 20-year Game Plan on athletic facilities, including a possible new Bird Coop and a decision on what to do with Thunderbird Stadium.

Annual General Meeting: October 31 is the date, in the Great Hall in the Nest.  The hope is to make quorum (537 students).

Sustainable Future Fund:  Veronica Knott, student rep on the Board of Governors, reported that the Board will be meeting to discuss this fund and responsible investing, something that resulted from the student campaign to have the University divest from fossil fuels.  She said the Board is also working on University governance.

U-Pass Consulting: Council approved an additional $700 for a consulting project related to the U-Pass to cover taxes and also increase the AMS share of the expenses.  (This is a joint project with other student societies, including those at Kwantlen, Capilano, and SFU.)

Chair of the Governance Committee: Council amended the new committee rules so that the chair of the standing Governance Committee will be a non-Executive Councillor rather than an Executive.

Governance Review Committee: Council voted to amend the composition of the ad hoc Governance Review Committee to accord with the new committee rules.

Frosh Kit refund: AMS President Nasiri sought guidance from Council on how to deal with a student asking for a refund for a Frosh Kit from three years ago.  Since there is a policy against refunds, Council informally recommended not giving one.  It was also suggested that the student be referred to the Ombudsperson.

Next regular Council meeting: October 26, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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