Council Meeting Summary, October 25, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of October 25, 2017:

Sustainability: Council heard a report on AMS sustainability, including plans to revamp the Lighter Footprint Strategy and add social sustainability to environmental.

Naloxone training: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz noted that the Naloxone drug overdose training session arranged by AMS Services had received a fair bit of media attention.

Safewalk: Student Services Manager Marium Hamid told Council that the University has agreed to provide $25,000 to the Safewalk program, more than double what was provided last year.

All-Presidents Dinner: VP Administration Pooja Bhatti announced that the Alumni are donating $2,500 for the event.

Ombudsperson: Wendy Guo, chair of the HR Committee, said interviews are underway for the Ombudsperson.  Hiring for the Elections Committee will follow.

Laserfiche: VP Finance Alim Lakhiyalov said Finance Committee is looking into whether Laserfiche can be used, or whether the agreement should be cancelled.

Code changes: Council approved changes to the term of the Speaker of Council and the rules for club elections.  It also provided an official time for the Student Services Manager to address Council.

Long ago and far away: The Archivist displayed the latest donation to the Archives: the official Council jacket worn by Darrel Gomery, a member of the AMS Executive in 1935-36.

Grad Student Senator: Council passed a motion recommending that Senate accept Amber Shilling as the new Grad Student Senate representative and later discussed procedures concerning another student Senate vacancy that is expected shortly.

Bike Sharing Policy: With the University looking into the possibility of bike sharing on campus, Council passed a policy about it.

AGM: There was discussion on how to increase attendance at the AGM, which fell far short of quorum.  AMS President Alan Ehrenholz said the main draw is having a hot button topic to discuss, as in 2014 when students showed up to discuss recent tuition and rent hikes.

Breakfast at the Gallery: In response to questions from Commerce rep Julien Hart, AMS President Alan Ehrenholz said the breakfast program has been doing increasingly well, with a huge increase in revenue in just two weeks.

MacInnes Field Parkade: Council discussed the implications of the parkade the University is building.  There are concerns it will obstruct access to the Nest.  VP Academic Max Holmes said he will try to have a report ready for the next Council meeting.

Next regular Council meeting: November 8, 2017 in the Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest at 6 pm.


Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council


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