Council Meeting Summary, October 11, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of October 11, 2017:

Training: There was training again before the formal meeting began: on advocacy and how to be an effective Councillor.

Rent with Rights: Brooklyn Rocco of the AMS External Office described the upcoming campaign to get legislation passed to cover student renters.

AGM: Akhil Jobanputra, AMS Presidential assistant, explained what will happen at the upcoming Annual General Meeting and asked for volunteers to help reach quorum (which is 515).  The meeting is at 11 am in the Great Hall in the Nest on Friday, October 20.  Food will be served.

Empower Me: VP Finance Alim Lakhiyalov told Council about this new 24/7 counselling program which is part of the Health and Dental Plan.

Oktoberfest: A Councillor asked if there were concerns about AMS Oktoberfest being scheduled for the same time as another campus Oktoberfest. Managing Director Keith Hester said No, because the AMS event will be free.

Senate: Council was told that the AMS is supporting the creation of two ad hoc Senate committees (on research and diversity).

More Senate: Council approved a procedure for the Graduate Student Society to appoint one of their members to fill a vacancy on Senate.

Even more Senate: Council approved a motion directing the VP Academic to look into Senate membership rules, including the possibility of making the AMS VP Academic an ex officio member.

Personnel: Council extended the term of the Elections Administrator, Filza Raza, so she can help with ongoing Constituency elections.  Council also changed the hours for two staff members in the VP Academic Office, including the AVP Academic.

Executive Office Hours: In response to a question about what the current Executives’ office hours are, AMS President Alan Ehrenholz said he would make sure to send these out the next day.

Next regular Council meeting: October 25, 2017 in the Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest at 6 pm.

Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council

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