Candidates

Candidates

Monday March 6 – March 10th @ 5pm VOTE HERE

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AMS Executives

President

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James Cohen

My mission is to make UBC the happiest campus in North America!

I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the UBC community for 5 years; I’ve experienced everything wonderful about our campus, I’ve worked with the AMS through AMS Events for 2 years, I have 3 years of presidential experience and have started my own AMS Club called Party Well. Most importantly I have experienced immense happiness here and my goal is to make sure everyone has that same opportunity! I am a student driven by purpose and I’m determined to bring about the most positive change possible for the students of our campus!

My Key Platform Pillars are:

1) Mental Health is a BIG issue on our campus and WE are going to fix this problem with a powerful package of wellness initiatives!

2) Our UBC community, school spirit, and student wellbeing will all be amplified through connecting our student body with better and improved large-scale events!

3) The UBC Board of Governors currently doesn’t take our student body very seriously. As a student activist, I will be a strong advocate for the students to make sure that the positive change that we need becomes our reality!

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Jesse Hooton

I have 2 main issues I would like to address as AMS president

1) theft on campus, including rampant bike theft

2) career counselling
Since first stepping onto the UBC campus in 2013 I have had the misfortune of having three beautiful bikes stolen. The high rate of bike theft on campus has been going on for years now and doesn’t seem to be an issue anyone is addressing. As president I will propose increased campus security to diminish future bike theft.
Allocating resources to increase campus security primarily for the purpose of reducing theft also includes many spin-off benefits. With increased campus security, in particular during nighttime hours, this campus will be a safer place for students.
My second main issue as AMS president will be to enhance the career counselling process that this university currently offers. Students in all degree programs should be introduced to the different paths to a career that their degree can translate into. I feel that a degree program that cannot present a coherent and reasonable path to a career should no longer be offered at this institution. Presenting students with false hopes about a future career related to their degree is simply a cash grab.

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Julian “Hooligan Jones” Del Balso

My name is Julian “Hooligan Jones” Del Balso and I’m here to make UBC steezy. I don’t have much experience besides admining a meme page and organizing ragers but I rally, and that’s what counts cause youre gonna need a president who can throw down. As president I will give every student organization 8 million dollars. Start a new country with California, Oregon and Washington with UBC as the capital (I talked to some people and they said they were hype so it’s basically 100% guaranteed). Also I know a guy who lives in Cuba and he says that if I get elected Biggie and Tupac will come and play at Block Party(they’re alive). Also I’ll make 8am classes illegal. I’m gonna build a slide from the top of the nest to the fountain, which I’m gonna turn into a hot tub with a pool side bar. The south side of main mall will become a driving range and the north side will have a bumper karts arena that you can do if you’re feeling feisty.

It’s been a pleasure showing you my vision. Be saucy and toss a vote my way

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Sugar Brewer

Being a fourth year Geography student, I thank you for taking the time to read this:

I attempt, for the second time, to become your next AMS president.

As your presidential candidate I will not make any promises of grandeur. I have realized from my four years here that despite how motivated a President is, they can only achieve a fraction of what they believe is needed.

It is my belief that in UBC’s pursuit of global recognition it has taken steps to create an illusion of a world-class environment and in doing so it has neglected the desires of the most important aspect of any campus.

Us. The students.

I have found that while the various services and opportunities that are “offered” often appear excellent on paper, it is rarely the case that they actually serve much use to the students other than for aesthetics.

If elected, I vow to bring greater transparency, better communication between the student body and the AMS, as well as a firmer voice when it comes to enforcing the sentiments of the students.

I plan on taking UBC out of the promotional brochures and giving it back to you: the students.

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The Engineer’s Cairn

Hello, I am the Engineer’s Cairn and I am running to be your next AMS President. You may think you are too cool to vote for an inanimate object, but I assure you that you are not. Vote Cairn.

Vice-President External

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Dario Garousian

Hey everyone! My name is Dario Garousian and I’m running to be your next VP External. I have a plan for the office and I’m ready to take charge. There is a model of advocacy that works, coupling student tendencies to advocate for themselves with traditional lobbying tactics we can achieve a new level of success for the VP Externals Office and the AMS. I hope to bring change to the office but also maintain the core principles and long-term policies of past VP Externals so all their work doesn’t go to waste.

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Sally Lin

Hello UBC! My name is Sally Lin, and I am running to be your next AMS Vice President External Affairs. As an Arts AMS Councillor and the appointed Vice Chair of the Advocacy Committee, I have worked hard to advocate for student issues, reviewed numerous submissions and external policies to advise and assist the current VP External. I hope to take on the role as VP External, with a focus on the following issues:

ACADEMIC AFFORDABILITY: Students already carry great financial burdens. I will pursue more affordable education in the form of global price parity of textbooks to reduce cost and better student aid.

STUDENT HOUSING: With waitlists in the thousands, I hope to lobby the provincial government to allow UBC to find alternative sources of funding for housing on campus in order to provide more student housing at a quicker rate, and at a lower cost to students.

ACCESSIBLE TRANSIT: Continue to advocate for a smooth transition between phase 1 and phase 2 of the Broadway Corridor development to ensure the extension to UBC is not delayed; and re-examine other routes for improvements to alleviate pressures on transit demand.

A vote for SALLY LIN is a vote for YOURSELF, and a better UBC!

Vice-President Academic & University Affairs

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Daniel Lam

My name is Daniel Lam, a third year Atmospheric Science student running to be your next AMS VP Academic and University Affairs, and also for re-election to the UBC Senate.

I am running in this election because I want to continue the AMS’s advocacy efforts in topics like affordability, housing, and equity and inclusion.

Having previously served on the UBC Senate, AMS Council, and SUS Council, I believe I have knowledge of academic lobbying at both the university as well as on the faculty level.

My goals for VP AUA are split into three points.

Affordability.  I want to continue the AMS’s work in championing open and affordable education strategies so that no student will ever have to face financial hardships in learning.

Equity and Inclusion.  I want to bridge different groups of people within this campus and work on ways to build intercultural understanding, as well as continuing to support Indigenous student initiatives.

Student Experience.  I want to work on bettering the student experience within your academics, and also your social life on this campus.

You can check out my full platform at www.votelam.ca and I hope you’ll vote for me March 6th-10th

Vice-President Administration

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Faraz Nikzad

Dear Fellow Students,

Our campus needs the AMS that provides the best hang out place for all students, and an administrative team that helps all our clubs and constituencies with the best service possible:

Plans for the year:

  • Review the operations of the AMS food outlets to introduce new plans and to work closely with the managers to fight for more affordable quality food options
  • Introduce new artistic and collaborative projects to clubs to encourage interactions between clubs and embracing diversity on campus
  • Make the AMS student Nest the best place for all students to gather and address all student life needs and challenges

Previous experiences:

  • Over three years working with the AMS food outlets as a duty manager that makes me the only candidate who has already worked with all AMS food and beverages managers and staff
  • President at UBC Persian Club where our artistic and cultural projects created more than $40,000 in revenues over two years
  • Senior Commerce student with ample knowledge about logistics and operations

Students deserve a candidate who has ample experience working with the AMS and fights for their better quality of life provided by their Student Organization.

Vote Faraz Nikzad for VP administration

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Julien Hart

As second year Commerce student, Vancouver local and an avid mountain unicycler I’ve gotten to know UBC well over the years. I’m a community-driven student passionate about helping campus organizations streamline their processes so that you can maximize your UBC experience. In my working with The Calendar, Party Well and Zeta Psi I’ve gained valuable first hand experience creating value for students and as VP Admin I want to share this experience.

In consultations with clubs, sponsors, and various administrators, I have put together a platform that reflects your needs.

Streamlining Bookings — so that you can focus on creating community

Creating policy for smoother software changes — so that you don’t have to keep learning new software

Improving the Club Handbook — so that you can better grow and engage your audience

For full platform details check out JulienHart.com

My name is Julien Hart and I’m running to be your AMS VP Admin.

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Pooja Bhatti

Hey UBC!  My name is Pooja Bhatti; I’m a 4th year student in the Faculty of Science and I’m running to be your next AMS VP Administration.  I’m running in this election because I understand that being involved on campus and engaging in campus culture and pride is an essential part of one’s university experience.  As the current VP Administration of the Science Undergraduate Society, one of my main responsibilities is working with 28 major student groups on campus.  Through this, I’ve learned that the most valuable way to get students involved on campus is to provide the student leaders the support and tools they need to encourage student involvement. This is exactly the approach I intend to take if elected into this position.

My platform rests on 4 pillars: 1) restructuring how the AMS supports its constituencies, 2) more active outreach to clubs, and supporting club’s outreach to students, 3) making the Nest more sustainable and accessible, and 4) increasing our #bluegoldandbold pride.

You can check out my full platform and learn more about me at votepooja.com.  Don’t forget to vote from March 6th-10th.  Thank you!

Vice-President Finance

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Alim Lakhiyalov

My name is Alim Lakhiyalov and I am running to be your next Vice-President Finance of the Alma Mater Society.
I am the current Associate Vice-President Finance for the AMS and I plan to use my knowledge acquired from working with the AMS over the past year by advancing the financial projects the VP Finance and I have launched. Additionally, I am extremely involved in other on-campus organizations and initiatives. I am dedicated towards our UBC student community and seek to further grow the AMS through a sustainable financial plan, professional development programs and implementation of financial systems.
My experience for the VP Finance Position.
1. Associate Vice-President Finance for the AMS
2. Vice Chair of Funds Committee
3. Vice President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity UBC
4. Arts Orientation Leader for incoming UBC Students
5. Legal Department & Sales Associate for Aerovista
If elected, I plan to:
• Create a long-term sustainable financial plan for the AMS
• Implement professional development programs for student support outside of the classroom
• Work closely with the AMS management team and ABBA to ensure the AMS businesses are successfully operating based on the four pillars; business performance, social sustainability, student development and environmental sustainability.

Board of Governors

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Jakob Gattinger

Hi there! I’m Jakob and I’m an engineering student running for the Board of Governors (BoG). BoG is incredibly important – this body sets the price of our tuition, decides which new buildings will be constructed and helps set the overall direction of our university. I’ve spent my first three years as not just an engineering student, but also an executive for the Engineering Undergraduate Society, an  AMS Councillor, Student Representative on the Search Committee for UBC’s Provost and Vice President, Academic, a Campus Tours Student Ambassador, and a Jump Start Orientation Leader. I’ve helped implement the most comprehensive governance review in the recent history of the AMS, and been a voice for progress and accountability in all levels of student government. I want to take the experience I’ve had working with UBC administrators and my fellow students to help maintain a strong student presence at BoG. I’m running on a platform to ensure UBC continues to implement best practices in governance, divests increasing portions of its endowment as economics allow, and allocates sufficient funding to student experience, as well as ensuring the safety of all students on campus. Please visit my website, www.jakobgattinger.com, to learn more!

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Jeanie Malone

My name is Jeanie Malone, and I am running to be your Board of Governors representative. I am currently a fifth year Electrical (Biomed) Engineering student, and I have spent the last three years serving as EUS President, and EUS VP Communications, I am excited about the upcoming campaign period and look forward to talking to as many of you as possible about my passion for shaping the future of the UBC community!

My platform centres around three key points: seeking transparency, advocating for a better student experience, and communicating the student voice. You can learn more about my plans at jeaniemalone.com/platform.

You can vote in the AMS Elections from March 6-10th, 2017. Don’t forget to check out the other sections of the AMS Elections website (ams.ubc.ca/elections) for more information on debate times, candidate bios, and other elections events! If you have any questions about my platform or my goals for BOG, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you, and happy voting,

Jeanie

www.jeaniemalone.com

jeanie.malone@gmail.com

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Kevin Doering

My name is Kevin Doering and I am a fourth year honours economics student running to be your representative on the Board of Governors. This year, I served as Associate Vice-President Academic & University Affairs at the AMS, where I worked to address student advocacy issues at all levels of UBC Administration, including drafting multiple submissions to the Board of Governors on proposed tuition increases and actively shaping projects such as:

UBC’s new Sexual Assault Policy (Policy #132), Closed Sessions of the Board (Policy #93), and student housing affordability (Policy #113). This work has given me a thorough understanding of how to advocate for students within the university structure. As your Board representative, I will continue to be an outspoken advocate for you by:

  • fighting to protect and increase education affordability
  • improving student access to housing on-campus
  • striving to create a more transparent dialogue between the Board and UBC students

It’s difficult to summarize Board issues in a short bio- if you want to talk more about my Board or Senate platform, check out my website at www.kevindoering.ca, or send me an email at: doering.kevin.l@gmail.com

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Louis Retief

My name is Louis Retief and I am running to be your University of British Columbia Board of Governors Student Representative.

I am currently a fourth year student double majoring in Finance and Business Technology Management. I actively serve in numerous leadership position in numerous organizations on campus. I am the current Vice-President of Finance for the AMS and hope to use my experiences to serve the UBC student body. As student representative I will use my passion to improve Financial Transparency & Education, Enhance the Student Experience and to Advocate for Increased Affordability and Services.

My Experience for the position includes:

  • Vice-President Finance, Alma Mater Society
  • Associate Vice-President Finance, Alma Mater Society
  • Treasurer, Student Legal Fund Society
  • Chair, AMS Advisory Board for Business Administration
  • Treasurer, Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • List of other experiences can be found on website: louisretief.com

I want to use my experience, knowledge and strong work ethic to represent you one more time. My platform for the Board of Governors position which the highest decision-making body of the university will be.

  1. Improve Financial Transparency & Education
  2. Enhance the Student Experience
  3. Advocate for Increased Affordability and Services
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Sneha Balani

My name is Sneha Balani and I am running for a student-at-large position on the UBC Board of Governors.  I am a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Medicine studying stem cells and tumour biology and presently sit on the President’s UBC Vancouver Non-academic misconduct committee and volunteer with UBC Let’s Talk Science. I have been a part of UBC Residence Life for 3 years, President of GrasPods (Graduate Students & Post-doctoral Fellow Society), closely worked with the Graduate Student Society on their Strategic Plan and served on several executive committees. If elected, I will bring a mature uninhibited voice to the Board, be a strong advocate for keeping students at the core of decision-making and ensure student engagement through consultation. I am also passionate about inclusion, maintenance of diversity and increasing university accessibility and will strive for better communication between students and the Board. Being an international student, I am further able to bring a different perspective in addition to having the skills, experience and knowledge to ensure the Board remains accountable to the student body. The BoG needs a voice that resonates with all students, that is not afraid to ask difficult questions, I am that voice.

Senate

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Daniel Lam

My name is Daniel Lam, a third year Atmospheric Science student running to be your next AMS VP Academic and University Affairs, and also for re-election to the UBC Senate.

I am running in this election because I want to continue the AMS’s advocacy efforts in topics like affordability, housing, and equity and inclusion.

Having previously served on the UBC Senate, AMS Council, and SUS Council, I believe I have knowledge of academic lobbying at both the university as well as on the faculty level.

My goals for Senate are as follows:

  • Continuing to work to implement the Enhanced Learning Record.
  • Continue to work on the implementation of a fall reading break through the current scheduling review.
  • Begin a conversation on defining the credit unit.
  • Work through the UBC Library to try to find affordable textbook solutions.
  • Work on creating a new Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity to narrow gaps in academic support and belonging within certain marginalized communities.

You can check out my full platform at www.votelam.ca and I hope you’ll vote for me March 6th-10th

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Ian Sapollnik

Hi UBC!

My name is Ian Sapollnik. I’m a third year student in Economics, and I’m currently one of your elected representatives on the UBC Vancouver Senate. I’m seeking another term on Senate to continue voicing student concerns and improving the academic experience at UBC.

As a current Senator, I serve on the Senate Curriculum and Budget committees, where I have been outspoken in standing up for student issues and consultation. Outside of Senate, I am involved on campus as a Residence Advisor in Marine Drive Residence, and as a member of AMS Council, where I chaired the Legislative Procedures/Governance Committee.

Next year, I will focus on developing a unified tuition and curriculum consultation process for programs at UBC, and work towards a review of scheduling procedures. This review will include a potential fall reading break and an earlier exam schedule release date. Additionally, I want to use my experience and leadership to chair the Student Senate Caucus, providing support and guidance for other student senators and their ambitions.

To get in touch with me and find out more about my platform and experience, check out my campaign page at http://bit.ly/ian4senator.

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Jakob Gattinger

Hi there! I’m Jakob, I’m a third year engineering student and I’m running for Senate. Senate has many critical functions – it reviews new courses, approves the curriculum you have to take for your degree and even has the final say over your graduation. In addition to my coursework, I’ve spent my time at UBC beyond the classroom as VP Academic of the Engineering Undergraduate Society, an  AMS Councillor, Student Representative on the Search Committee for UBC’s Provost and Vice President, Academic, a Campus Tours Student Ambassador, and a Jump Start Orientation Leader. I’ve spent time fighting for engineering students on things like co-op and providing feedback on new programs like Biomedical Engineering. I want to take the experience I’ve had working within engineering to help students across campus. I’m running on a platform to make sure that Senate addresses diversity in a meaningful way, that mental health is considered in every decision and that tuition is considered at Senate – not just at the Board of Governors. Please visit my website, www.jakobgattinger.com, to learn more!

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Kevin Doering

My name is Kevin Doering and I am a fourth year honours economics student running to be one of your representatives on the UBC Vancouver Senate. This year, I served as Associate Vice-President Academic & University Affairs at the AMS, where I worked to address student advocacy issues at all levels of UBC Administration, including drafting multiple submissions to the Board of Governors on proposed tuition increases and actively shaping projects such as

UBC’s new Sexual Assault Policy (Policy #132) . I’ve also worked in Arts Academic Advising, where I’ve seen first-hand the effects that academic policy can have on students.  My experience has given me a strong understanding of how academic policy operates at UBC, and how to advocate for students within the existing university structure. As your Senate representative, I will continue to be an outspoken advocate for you by:

  • Standardize the current system of academic concession
  • Eliminating mandatory non-tuition course fees, such as Aplia
  • Making past course resources available, eliminating the need for paid subscription services like CourseHero

If you want to talk more about my Senate or Board platform, check out my website at www.kevindoering.ca, or send me an email at: doering.kevin.l@gmail.com

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Simran Brar

My name is Simran Brar and I am third year science student running to serve as one of your five elected student senators at-large!

I am running for Senate because I believe I can draw upon my diverse community engagement experiences, in particular, my ability to engage and connect with individuals to better hear student concerns and ensure that they are represented in senate. My past experiences involve: Residence Hall Association for 3 years, serving in areas like Vanier and Orchard Commons,  Vice-President Member of Alpha Phi Omega a service fraternity,  and serving as an AMS Representative. I have proven track record of not only reaching out to students and listening to their concerns, but acting on them to make sure that they are addressed. My platform consists of the following:

– Will continue to support the work done by current senators.

– Improve the academic calendar by advocating for later withdrawal deadlines and support the implementation of fall reading break

– Continuing to push for the creation of a common syllabi policies that would regulate policies for all faculties

– Support the integration of the mental health framework to ensure that senate committees remain accountable

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William Chen

My name is William Chen and I’m a first year Arts student. I’ll spare you the resume-padder positions and the fake glowing adjectives. If elected to the Senate, I pledge to:

  • Ban commercial and student campaign advertising in classrooms, especially those that prey on naïve students. UBC students pay to receive an education, not to be the audience of skeevy marketing campaigns. Non-commercial entities like non-profits and clubs will not be included in that ban.
  • Lay down the groundwork to remove the Arts language requirement, for being a miserable waste of time with no real application or real-world use. Arts students should be allowed to define their own “well-rounded” education.
  • Oppose expensive textbook access codes and unsellable custom edition textbooks, because they’re a racket that only exists to curb the used textbook market and ultimately leaves dents in the wallets of students.
  • Promote freely accessible open educational resources in order to lower the barrier to education and increase the affordability of education for all.
  • Proactively consult with students directly rather than expect students to come to senators, because posting a Google form survey that only a dozen students complete on Twitter doesn’t count as student engagement.

Website: https://votewilliam.com