Council Meeting Summary, January 24, 2018

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of January 24, 2018:

 Winter Benefit Gala: Council heard from a student at large about a charity event to raise money for refugees.

Budgeting: VP Finance Lakhiyalov explained a modified version of preparing the AMS budget that will see it be worked on earlier.

Appointments: Council made appointments to the Advocacy Committee, the Health and Dental Plan Committee, and the University’s Student Development Awards Committee.

Council Seats Mostly Filled: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz noted that most Council seats have been filled and the number of vacancies is the lowest it’s been in a long time.

Office Hours: In response to a question from Land & Food Councillor Julian Villafuerte Diaz, President Ehrenholz said the Executive is looking for the best way to engage students, with reddit on social media being one way, and with other approaches also being considered.

Conferences and Travel: In response to a question from Engineering Councillor Jakob Gattinger, the Executives discussed the various conferences they had attended.

VP Academic Max Holmes and VP Administration Pooja Bhatti said they hadn’t been to any.  President Alan Ehrenholz and VP Finance Alim Lakhiyalov said they’d attended the annual studentcare conference.

VP External Sally Lin said she’d been to Ottawa to meet with federal government officials and also to a conference on Open Educational Resources.

Student Services Manager Marium Hamid said she’d been to the annual conference of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS).

Art Catalogue: VP Administration Pooja Bhatti told Council that a catalogue has been produced for the latest show in the Hatch Art Gallery.

Mental Health and Rent with Rights: VP External Sally Lin said she has been meeting the provincial government on mental health issues, and the Rent with Rights campaign collected 900 signatures, which was close to the target of 1,000.

Block Party: Managing Director Keith Hester said the line-up for Block Party has been finalized and will be announced February 26.

World Record: Kinesiology Councillor Juancho Ramirez told Council about plans to break the world record for the number of people walking backwards, which currently sits at 1,107.

Student Services Manager: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz explained a plan that would allow the person hired for this position to stay on for an additional year.  This would help with continuity.

History Book: Archivist Sheldon Goldfarb told Council that the book launch for The Hundred-Year Trek: A History of Student Life at UBC went well and he had done interviews promoting the book, including one on CBC-TV:

Next regular Council meeting: February 7, 2018 in the Michael Kingsmill Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest at 6 pm.


Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council

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