COUNCIL SUMMARY – MARCH 13, 2019

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of March 13, 2019:

New Members: Council welcomed its first representative ever from St. Mark’s College and also welcomed back Muse Greenwood as the representative of the Vancouver School of Theology.  In recent weeks Council also welcomed the first member from Social Work for several years, along with a new representative from Planning, all of these new additions thanks to the recruitment efforts of Elections Administrator Halla Bertrand.

New Employees: AMS President Marium Hamid announced the hiring of a new Policy Advisor, former AMS staffer Patrick Meehan.  She also announced the hiring of a new HR Generalist (Celia Chung) and the first ever Indigenous Executive Student Assistant (Jennifer Cameron).

Composter: VP Administration Chris Hakim told Council that the AMS composter is being revived and moved to the UBC Farm.

EUS fee referendum: Student Board of Governors representative Jakob Gattinger told Council about a referendum to continue a $2 fee for Engineering students.  There was discussion about whether the results will arrive in time to notify the Board of Governors.

Goals, Reports, and Calendar: Council was told about plans to combine committee goals and reports and to present an annual calendar of deadlines and scheduled reports.

Equity Caucus: After a long debate, Council postponed a motion that would have required the Advocacy Committee to report back on the Equity Caucus, the new group intended to represent under-represented groups.

Election appeals: Responding to the election appeal decision submitted to Council, student Board of Governors representative Jakob Gattinger said the appeals committee had erred in saying it could only reverse an Elections Committee decision in cases of grave error.

Next meeting: The next regular Council meeting will be at 6 pm on March 27, 2019 in the Michael Kingsmill Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest.

Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council