Council Meeting Summary, November 22, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of November 22, 2017:

New members: Council welcomed new members from the Vancouver School of Technology (Muse Greenwood) and Arts (Ella Klein).

Almost new members: Other recent additions to Council include Adrian Pang (Music), Alex Preiss (Architecture), Albert Tung (Education), Joella Allen (Library-Archival), and new Grad Studies reps Eric Ottenbacher and Elham Aboouei. Council now has 35 filled seats, and AMS President Alan Ehrenholz said Nursing will be sending a rep in January for the first time in a while.

Student Leadership Conference: Council voted to approve the terms of a partnership for the 2018 conference and directed VP Administration Pooja Bhatti to seek out a long-term partnership arrangement.

UBC Recreation: UBC’s Michael Tan presented the University’s framework on recreation, seeking input from the AMS.

Executive Goals: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz and the rest of the Executive presented an update on their goals, including such issues as the AMS Strategic Plan, the Old SUB, accounting improvements, and the Rent for Rights campaign.

VP Academic goals: The new VP Academic, Max Holmes, presented his goals, including a focus on the UBC Strategic Plan, and Council approved them.

Good Financial Report: In his second quarterly update, VP Finance Alim Lakhiyalov said expenditures are on track and in some cases (e.g., Welcome Back Barbecue) events that were expected to cost money actually made money.

And business was good: VP Lakhiyalov added that the businesses were doing better than expected, with Blue Chip, the Gallery Lounge, Iwana Taco, and Conferences & Catering doing especially well.

MacInnes Field Parkade: Council approved a motion directing VP Academic Max Holmes to make a submission to the University Board of Governors stating that the AMS currently opposes the design for the MacInnes Field Parkade and will continue to do so until an alternative placement for the exit and entrance is agreed upon.

New Senator: Council passed a motion recommending the appointed of VP Academic Max Holmes to fill a vacancy in one of the student-at-large positions on the University Senate.

Meeting the government: VP External Sally Lin reported that she had had good introductory meetings with government ministers on a trip to Victoria. She also took part in meetings in Ottawa organized by the newly rebranded federal student lobbying group UCRU (Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities).

Loan repaid: Managing Director Keith Hester reported that the $68 million loan to UBC for the Nest has now been repaid: the loan has been switched to RBC, which is charging us less in interest.

Food Bank usage: Student Services Manager Marium Hamid reported a 40% increase in the number of people using the Food Bank, which was good in a way but also a cause for concern because of the issue of food insecurity.

Caucuses: VP Academic Max Holmes reported that some more applicants have been found for the positions on the new Student Issues and Equity caucuses. Applications will be kept open a while longer.

Book Launch: The Clerk of Council announced that the launch for the long-awaited AMS history book will be taking place on Monday, December 4 in the Alumni Centre at 6:30 pm. He also thanked Presidential assistant Ian Stone for his work on the launch and said students wanting to go could apply to Ian for the special student discount code to get in free.

Council reporting: Council amended Code to modify the rules on who should report to Council and who can be asked questions.

Data collection: Council approved funding of $22,377 to purchase data management software to collect statistics that will be especially relevant for the AMS Student Services.

Next regular Council meeting: January 10, 2018 in the Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest at 6 pm.

Sheldon Goldfarb
Archivist & Clerk of Council

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