Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of June 2, 2021 (held virtually on Zoom):


New Speaker: Neal Cameron chaired his first AMS Council meeting.


The Ubyssey: The Ubyssey gave its annual presentation to Council, explaining how to submit pieces for publication, discussing other procedures, and calling themselves a “hippie collective.”


AMS/GSS: Council approved an MoU between the AMS and the Graduate Student Society on lobbying.  The MoU includes a clause under which, if the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-intensive Universities (UCRU) imposes a fee on its members, graduate students at UBC will not pay the fee, even though the AMS is now a UCRU member.


Residential Schools: AMS President Cole Evans noted the news out of Kamloops about 215 bodies found buried at the site of a residential school and said this was an emotional time for Indigenous people.


UBC Restarting? President Evans reported on a Town Hall on the pandemic at which cautious optimism was expressed about the school year.


And AMS Council Too?  Council discussed the possibility of returning to in-person meetings or some sort of hybridized meetings, perhaps as soon as July.  One Councillor asked if there would be snacks.


Committee Appointments: Committees were filled in an online vote.  The President expressed disappointment in the turnout: only 60% of Councillors voted on Councillor appointments, and only 45% voted to choose the students at large to serve on the committees.

The standing committee chairs will be:


Advocacy: Eshana Bhangu (the VP Academic & University Affairs)

Governance: Katherine Feng (Science)

Operations: Katherine Feng (Science)

HR: Romina Hajizadeh (Arts)

Finance: Mary Gan (VP Finance)

Student Life: Emily Gubski (Medicine)

Steering: Cole Evans (President)


Fermentation Lab: AMS President Cole Evans, who is chairing the ad hoc Fermentation Lab Committee, said the ball has started rolling on this project after radio silence for a couple of years.


Fees and Waivers: Council reinstated the $21 AMS Athletics and Intramurals fee, rescinding last year’s waiver.  At the same time it approved a partial waiver by the Commerce Undergraduate Society of its Constituency fee for Sauder students.


Next meeting:

The next regular Council meeting will be held on June 23, 2021 at 6 pm on Zoom.

Sheldon Goldfarb

Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council

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