A Brief History of the AMS
September 30, 1915: First classes at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in its temporary location at Oak and 10th near the Vancouver General Hospital.
October 15, 1915: Formal constitution of UBC’s student organization, the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
October 17, 1918: The Ubyssey, the student paper published originally by the AMS, puts out its first issue.
October 28, 1922: The Great Trek. Students march to call on the government to build a new campus.
September, 1925: New UBC campus opens in Point Grey on the western tip of Vancouver.
April 27, 1928: The AMS incorporates as a non-profit society and embarks on fundraising campaigns to build athletic facilities on campus.
January 31, 1940: Official opening of Brock Hall, the first UBC student union building, paid for largely by funds raised by the AMS.
September 26, 1968: Opening of the second Student Union Building (the SUB), replacing “the Brock”; again paid for largely by AMS funds.
February, 2003: The AMS gets an inexpensive bus pass system, the U-Pass, put in place.
March, 2008: A student referendum approves spending on a new Student Union Building, scheduled to open in 2014.
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