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Statement on #Save12HKYouths

The Alma Mater Society stands in solidarity with student activists in Hong Kong and condemns the deterioration of Hong Kong’s civil liberties and civil rights, including the suppression of activists as a result of the National Security Law imposed on Hong Kong. On August 23, 2020, the Chinese coast guard detained Hong Kong nationals fleeing…

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Council Summary- February 24, 2021

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of February 24, 2021 (held virtually on Zoom):   Budget Reforecast: VP Finance Lucia Liang reported to Council that because of the effect of COVID on AMS businesses, revenues are down, and the projected deficit has been increased.   Art Online: VP Administration Sylvester Mensah Jr.…

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Announcement on Remote Invigilation Software and Proctorio

Announcement on Remote Invigilation Software and Proctorio February 26, 2021 After extensive student advocacy by the AMS, student senators, and faculty societies, the Faculties of Arts, Science, Education, Dentistry, Forestry, and LFS have committed to discontinue the use of algorithmic proctoring software (also known as academic surveillance software) such as Proctorio. The usage of these…

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COUNCIL SUMMARY – FEBRUARY 11, 2021

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of February 11, 2021 (held virtually on Zoom):   UCRU: Mackenzy Metcalfe, chair of the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-intensive Universities (UCRU), presented the draft UCRU bylaws, discussed the possibility of a graduate students wing, and said that though there are no membership fees in place yet,…

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AMS Response to UBC’s 2020-21 Budget

UBC’s 2020/21 budget emphasized supporting the long term health and wellbeing of all students, faculty, and staff, and incorporated student initiatives, sustainability and climate action, strategic priority initiatives, President’s Academic Excellence Initiative, and contingency funding for the COVID-19 pandemic. These continue to be important areas, and we additionally want to advocate for continued contingency funding…

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Students for Loujain, AMS, GSS and SUO Celebrate her release

Feb 10, 2021 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #StudentsForLoujain Campaign and UBC AMS/GSS/SUO Response to Release of UBC graduate Loujain al-Hathloul after 1,001 days in prison #StudentsForLoujain Campaign and the UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS), Graduate Student Society (GSS), and Student Union Okanagan (SUO) celebrate the release of UBC graduate Loujain al-Hathloul after 1,001 days in…

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Family Day and Reading Break Hours

During Reading Week February 15 – 19, 2021 the AMS Office, AMS Services, and the Nest will have reduced hours: On BC Family day, February 15, 2021 The AMS Offices will be closed. The Nest will be open from 9am – 6PM Blue Chip Cafe is open 9AM – 5PM The Gallery, Pie R Squared,…

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COUNCIL SUMMARY – JANUARY 27, 2021

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of January 27, 2021 (held virtually on Zoom):   Hong Kong: Council passed a motion condemning the deterioration of human rights in Hong Kong and calling for the release of unjustly detained activists there.  Councillor Mathew Ho, who brought the motion, noted that 12 activists have…

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COUNCIL SUMMARY – JANUARY 13, 2021

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of January 13, 2021 (held virtually on Zoom):   Election Changes: The Chief Electoral Officer, Isabelle Ava-Pointon, reminded Council that the upcoming Executive elections will be taking place entirely online, with no in-person events.  Council then passed two further changes because of the COVID situation: reducing…

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NEST CLOSED Over Winter Break

The Nest along with AMS offices, club spaces, services, and food outlets will be closed December 19, 2020 through to January 3, 2021. SASC The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) will continue to provide online and telephone support over the break. In-person appointments will resume in the new year. Call 604.827.5180 or by email…

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