AMS Decoded: What to look for in the September 27 Council meeting

Every few weeks, your student government meets on a Wednesday night to talk about issues concerning the AMS. Agenda items can seem long, mysterious and confusing without the proper background, making it difficult to see how these issues affect students. Here's the full agenda, and here are some highlights of what to watch out for in the upcoming AMS Council meeting on September 27:

VP Academic by-election results 

At this meeting, Council will be hearing a presentation from AMS Elections Administrator Filza Raza about the recently concluded by-election for the VP Academic and University Affairs position. Although no formal motion to approve the results is technically necessary, this presentation brings a formal end to the election cycle, and the winner, Max Holmes, will assume the position during the meeting.

Policies on affordability 

Two external policies concerning affordability — one to guide university advocacy and a second for dealings with the government — are being considered for re-approval. Internal and external policies created by Council are accompanied by a review date, which prompts minor updates like the ones being considered at this meeting.

Replacement for Council retreat

As a result of a lack of participants from Council, this year's Council retreat was cancelled. Although the majority of councillors attended AMS orientation at the end of April, the student government staff will be providing further background over the course of the next several meetings on topics ranging from university and government advocacy to the ins and outs of the AMS finances.

Jakob Gattinger is a fourth year applied science student. He is currently the interim AMS VP Academic, as well as an engineering representative and student senator.