AMS update numero 3

AMS Council Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers
Food: These amazing wraps and bars
Time ended: 9:00pm ish (I know… extremely short!)

Overall themes: Fetishes, not wanting to adjourn and time capsule excavation (and lack of scandal)

Here’s the brief update so put on some nice jazz, grab a glass of Shiraz and enjoy:

PRESENTATIONS TO COUNCIL:

Nancy Knight with Campus & Community Planning

It’s always encouraging to see UBC updating students as well as listening to their many questions regarding their strategic plan. At last council’s meeting, Campus & Community Planning presented a short PowerPoint on UBC’s plan as it sits currently. A few major highlights were the promise to change the university to include more social hubs (living spaces that are closer to the academic buildings), a promise to house 50% of UBC students, making Main Mall more pedestrian friendly (a la Granville Island Approach), adding 500 more beds to Vanier/Totem, having two new K-12 schools, taking advantage of infill sites and maintaining and improving our current greenspace. The goals are no doubt ambitious, but I look forward to what will come about. There was neither mention of the UBC Farm nor any partnerships with corporations (like grocery stores in these new hub areas). I only wished that I could fail all my classes, or study for multiple degrees to finally see the plan in action in the many years to come. Props to council members for raising important questions.

Johannes Rebane with the WOW retreat

A couple weeks ago, the AMS council as well as the hired on staff were able to attend Whistler Orientation Weekend, or WOW for short. While “what happens in Whistler stays in Whistler”, the retreat itself was extremely important as it allowed councillors (and others) to engage in a lot of “social networking” opportunities as well as build valuable inter-faculty relations. Among the sessions, the brainstorming session was, by far, one of the most important: there, we discussed issues such as student involvement, our relationship with CASA and how to make the AMS work better for all students. Now, as we recover from WOW, we must take the next step and put our ideas into action. I urge all students to at least go the the AMS lodge in Whistler once. It’s actually a rather nice place, and best of all, it’s cheaper!

UPDATES:

The first update here is from Blake,
Of which a lot of progress he did make
Meetings with SFU, sickness and a lot of talk
Too bad, no luck with VANOC
A more aggressive approach we’ll have to take

The second update comes from Tim
VPX duties filled to the brim
Hiring is done
Time to have fun
And not to look so ghostly slim

Next we have Johannes and Crystal too,
Both having way too much to do
Liquor policies, the SUB and stats,
Hiring, fountains, and sweaters with cats
Hopefully no one will feel too blue

Lastly is Tom with his mad green
Some question why he is so mean
Budgeting, convocation and excel
Smiling for six hours makes him feel unwell
A true calculating machine

ACCEPTING THE MOA FROM ENGINEERING (THEY’RE GETTING A NEW CHEESE) Maybe they’ll invite commerce for a house farewell party….

CHANGING COMMITTEE STRUCTURE FOR THE AD HOC HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

INCREASING HOURS/WAGES FOR SOME POSITIONS
SAC Vice-Chair hours increased to 25/week causing the salary to be $10, 400/year
SAC Club Commissioner to be 10 hours a week causing the salary to be $4160 per year
Plus for this term only SAC will be paid $5720 to make a Clubs Governance Manual
SAC Art Gallery Commissioner will be paid for 10 hours instead of 5 causing the salary to be $4160/year

SUBRENEWAL COORDINATOR TERM EXTENDED SO THAT SHE CAN HELP THE OTHER SUB RENEWAL COORDINATOR

DIRECTING THE CODE AND POLICIES COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE ELECTION PROCEDURES SECTION OF CODE

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Congratulations to Vincent Tse and Shaun Zhang from commerce for getting appointed to the committees! There are still some vacancies for the Fundraising and Sponsorship Committee as well as the Ad hoc Executive Remuneration Committee. Make sure to e-mail me if you are interested with your name, year, and a mini-150 words resume/paragraph why you would be the best candidate.
AND THAT’S THAT! ODDLY SHORT BUT WHOLLY FUN!

Memorable quotes:

“We’re pretty small so it’s okay”- Sam (referring to Music)
“I also have a bag of buttons, so feel free to grab some”- Tim

Until the next one….