AMS Decoded: What to look for in the July 8 AMS Council meeting

Every few weeks, your student government spends a Wednesday night to talk about a bunch of things. In most cases, what we talk about wonʼt affect a students’ day to day activity, but there are always a few tidbits that might interest you. Hereʼs what to watch out for in the upcoming AMS Council meeting on July 8, 2015:

Club Resources and Sustainability Centre (and other capital spendings):[/ub_subhead

In the Nest, there is a space between Flipside (the new burger place) and the Pit Pub, and no one is quite sure what it should be used for. Over the past several years, it was discussed as the potential site for the microbrewery (which was moved to UBC Farm), a sustainability engagement centre (which failed), and most recently as the Club Resources and Sustainability Centre (CRSC).

The CRSC envisions itself to be the space where clubs can come to get support, whether it be assistance with grants, funding or arts and crafts. In order to do that, the centre needs money -- and the AMS Council will be voting on whether they can spend $17,982.07 from the $1.9 million Capital Projects Fund to buy equipment for that office. In addition, the Executive Committee will also be asking for a host of other club-related Nest expenditures, including $3,500 to buy locks for the new club lockers, bringing the total expenditure request to $26,523.28.

Academic Experience Survey:[/ub_subhead

Every year, the AMS surveys its students to identify unresolved issues (and also successes). Historically, the release of the results of this survey has always taken a long time, so it’s refreshing to see that it’s been completed very early on this year. This was thanks to hiring an external consultant to look over and analyze the data. The AMS is also producing supplements to their studies to provide more targeted and realistic recommendations for constituencies (undergraduate societies). The report this year is 179 pages long.

Code Changes:[/ub_subhead

A motion to add consent agenda -- a pretty basic idea to omnibus non-controversial motions -- and formally set the pay rate of the Hiring Committee at tier two ($11.25/hour) is on the table.

Viet Vu is a fifth-year Economics major, AMS Councillor and current chair of the Oversight Committee. His views are his own and do not necessarily represent those of the Alma Mater Society or the Vancouver School of Economics Undergraduate Society.