Council Meeting Summary, February 7, 2018

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of February 7, 2018:

 Birthday Fees: VP Finance Alim Lakhiyalov, whose birthday it was, presented Council a restructuring proposal for student fees under which some would have to come up for renewal every three years.

Appointments: Council appointed Arts Councillor Ella Klein to fill a vacancy on the HR Committee and appointed VP Academic Max Holmes to the University’s Student Development Awards Committee.

When Women Rise: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz told Council that the 2013 graduating class gift of a statue called When Women Rise is coming closer to actually going up: a draft agreement for it has been made.

Student Rental Housing: VP Academic Max Holmes said it looks like student rental housing will be included in the University’s Housing Action Plan, and he was happy about that.

Club of the Year: After being asked the question at a previous Council meeting, VP Administration Pooja Bhatti returned this time with the answer to who was last year’s winner: eSports (for showing huge growth, making the news, and bringing students together).

Parties: Managing Director Keith Hester announced that 2,200 tickets have already been sold for Block Party.  And there will be a Formal Ball this year.

Porch: Managing Director Keith Hester said the new vegan/vegetarian outlet is doing really well, having already developed a dedicated, loyal following.

Steering Committee: Council passed a Code change to modify the duties of the Steering Committee to have it focus on high level and long-term planning.

Expulsion Policy: Council approved a modification of the policy on when individuals can be expelled from the Nest to include the specific grounds for expulsion.

Academic Experience Survey: VP Academic Max Holmes said the survey has already been filled out by an amazing number of students, beating last year’s number, but he encouraged Councillors to share it to get even more people to fill it out.

Election recommendations: Council directed the Elections Administrator to present a report on the status of the recommendations made by Council last year.

Referendum questions: Council was presented with three questions they will be asked to send to referendum at the next meeting.  The questions are:

  1. To implement the fee restructuring proposal;
  2. To abolish Student Court; and
  3. To approve a continuation of the U-Pass.

Next meetings:  There will be a special meeting at 7 pm [note the later than usual time] on February 14, 2018 in the Michael Kingsmill Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest.  The next regular Council meeting will be at 6 pm in the Forum on February 28, 2018.


Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council

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