Eshana Bhangu, Julia Burnham, Cole Evans, Chris Hakim and Max Holmes are your next student senators-at-large.
“I joke that the worst job in the AMS is the AMS elections administrator.”
"Over the years, the amount of pettiness that I've seen come out of postering — you'd be surprised."
Despite a tendency to abstain in this election, the UBC students who did vote preferred to vote for a familiar face than take a chance on someone new.
There are 29 students running 36 campaigns in this year’s elections, competing for five AMS executive positions, two Board of Governors roles and five Senate slots.
A presidential hopeful has already been put in the penalty box barely minutes after his candidacy was announced.
AMS elections have operated on this timeline for several years without knowing they were violating the bylaw.
Instead of duking it out over policy, most of the debate was spent quietly sparring over who is best for the job.
Occasionally splintered along a divide between current executives and newcomers, the five AMS presidential candidates largely shared similar policy responses in their first showdown.
On Tuesday, the VP Academic and University Affairs (VPAUA) candidates gathered for the first of two debates for the 2019 AMS elections. Mental health, student engagement and advocacy were among the hot topics of the night for hopefuls Julia Burnham, Vandita Kumar and Nick Pang.
Stuart Clarke, an AMS presidential and senator-at-large hopeful, has been placed in the penalty box again.
According to Chief Electoral Officer Halla Bertrand, the AMS Elections Committee noticed private email addressed being reached through Clubhouse yesterday after receiving a complaint from a club executive.
On Thursday, VP Administration candidates met for the first of two debates in the 2019 AMS elections season.
Senate candidates crowded the Michael Kingsmill Forum on Thursday to discuss fall reading break, academic policy and space constraints on campus.
AMS VP External Cristina Ilnitchi, Associate VP External Will Shelling and AMS Councillor for Science Undergraduate Society Riley Ty debated on how they would lobby with provincial and federal governments on issues like transit, climate change, postsecondary access and affordability and sexual violence prevention advocacy.
AMS Associate VP Finance Jon Tomalty held a clear advantage over Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) VP Finance Lucia Liang and International Relations Students Association Treasurer Viki Loncar in a debate that centred on business surpluses, clubs’ credit cards and the AMS investment policy.
It was the long-set rivalry between Holmes, the current VP Academic and University Affairs, and Braam, the current AMS law councillor, that defined the debate.
After a tepid start, the candidates did their best to separate themselves from their opponents, with mixed results.
The first question asked why each candidate should be trusted with students’ money in light of recent scandals where other student unions have mismanaged funds.