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Council Meeting Summary September 12, 2018

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of September 12, 2018:   Appointments! It was the Winter Session appointments meeting, with Councillors and Students at Large named to AMS standing and ad hoc committees.   Ombudsperson: Council also appointed a new Ombudsperson, Jun Zhou Frank Ju.   And an Elections Administrator: Council appointed…

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Alma Mater Society Apology to Indigenous Peoples

On behalf of the 56,000 undergraduate and graduate students of the University of British Columbia, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) solemnly expresses its profound regret that in our 100+ year history, the Society has not made serious efforts to advance reconciliation or recognize Indigenous rights. As an organization comprised primarily of non-Indigenous students, the AMS…

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Council Meeting Summary, August 29, 2018

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of August 29, 2018:  Finances: VP Finance Kuol Akuechbeny reported that revenues and expenditures are on track in accordance with the budget passed in June.  There is still a forecast surplus of about $127,000, which will go to pay down the rolling deficit. He also noted…

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AMS stands in solidarity with students from Saudi Arabia

The Alma Mater Society is deeply concerned for the Saudi Arabian students who are being required to leave UBC and elsewhere in Canada. The disruption of our fellow students’ education and the lives they built here is distressing, leaving uncertain their academic and career opportunities. We are an organization that thrives on the diversity of…

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AMS celebrates fossil fuel free investment portfolio

On August 1, 2018, Council voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuels and adopt a new investment policy which reflects the AMS’ position on climate change issues. The new I-8 Policy enables the AMS to divest from fossil fuel companies, and prohibits any future investments. In doing so, the AMS becomes the 900th institution worldwide…

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