Gupta resigned from his position in August 2015, following conflict and in-fighting with the Board of Governors (BoG). Having only served 13 months of his presidency at the time, his resignation came as a shock for much of the UBC community.
While Ilnitchi has kept busy with the 2019 federal election and provincial government advocacy, some of her other campaign promises have yet to hit full stride.
Now over 40 years old, UBC’s Statement on Academic Freedom has not been reviewed or revised since its inception.
One of the key issues the government needs to sufficiently address is discrimination against First Nations communities in the child welfare system.
But since the policy came into place, it has come under scrutiny for gaps in its writing and implementation, which the review committee hopes to address in the first iteration of the policy review.
The Calendar’s rise has not been without growing pains, as some current and former staff members have bemoaned late payments and a lack of financial transparency.
Compared to the fiery clashes of AMS debates, the four hopefuls — Simon de Weerdt, Jen McCutcheon, Madison Moore and Sung Yun Wong — struggled to find areas where they disagreed.
While the issue of mistreatment in medical schools is hardly unique to UBC, the faculty has doubled down on its efforts to improve its learning environment.
“Seeing an increase in the budget means nothing but good."
Ilnitchi was running in a heated race against Associate VP External Will Shelling and Riley Ty, an AMS councillor for the Science Undergraduate Society.
In a statement to The Ubyssey, elections administrator Halla Bertrand said the elections committee “does not believe that any candidate is purposefully buying accounts or the like.”
Just because the AMS isn’t shouting and stomping down doors doesn’t mean its work isn’t political anymore.
Riley Ty, an AMS councillor for the Science Undergraduate Society, is running to be AMS VP External on a platform of mental health support, financial security and improved transportation.
Currently the associate VP External, Shelling wants to “remove the barriers that students face” when applying to and attending UBC.
Current AMS VP External Cristina Ilnitchi is running for re-election on a platform of amplifying student voices nationally, advocating for affordable education and engaging in collaborative advocacy.