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Council Summary – February 6, 2019

New software system: Council approved funding for a new software system for HR and Payroll. Election timeline: Elections Administrator Halla Bertrand outlined the schedule of events, culminating in voting March 4-8 for the AMS Executive positions and student seats on Senate and the Board of Governors.  [Note: These dates were changed after the emergency Council…

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AMS Applauds BC Government’s Decision to Reduce Student Debt

The Alma Mater Society (AMS) of UBC is excited to see the provincial government taking an important step toward making post-secondary education more affordable for students. VICTORIA, BC – Today during the reading of the 2019 BC Budget the government announced the elimination of interest for all current and future BC student loans, making post-secondary…

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COUNCIL SUMMARY – JANUARY 23, 2019

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of January 23, 2019: Indigenous Topics: Student at Large Rodney Little Mustache asked about an upcoming referendum to help mark 2019-20 as the Year of Indigenous Students.  He also raised issues about the job description for the new Indigenous Executive Assistant.  And he reproached the Executive…

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AMS signs national letter speaking out against ancillary fee opt-out and OSAP changes

On 29 January, 2019, together with over 75 post-secondary institutions across Canada representing over 1 million students, the Alma Mater Society of UBC (AMS of UBC) signed a letter voicing our collective disappointment with the provincial government’s January 17 announcement. The announced changes regarding OSAP, tuition and ancillary fees (non-tuition fees) raise red flags for…

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The Pit Pub celebrates its 50th birthday

If proof were needed of a pub steeped in student history, look no further than the Pit Pub It was a cool November evening in 1968, when UBC students gathered on the second floor of the Student Union Building (SUB). They were eagerly awaiting the opening of what would go on to become a campus…

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