It’s A Referendum in the A.U.S.

dean nancy does not approve of your courtyard drinking. take it inside, son. also, FLOATING BEER.

This is part 1 of a point/counterpoint series on the AUS referendum. Hopefully we’ll get around to the counterpoint.

Votin’ with a click like yeahhhh

Checkin’ that box like yeahhhh.

There’s a poorly advertised/promoted/talked about referendumb question on this year’s AUS election ballot. It reads something like:

Do you wish to pay more every year for a new party space on campus? Like, not too much. Way the hell less than those new 2012 commerce kids, and when it’s all said and done, a little more than those damn peppy HKINners want in their referendum.

At this point, you might be all like “ZOMG WHAT A DEAL,” like when they put two Cheetos bags on sale for $4 and you buy four bags instead of your usual one because they’re so much cheaper.

Maybe you’re thinking “NAW WAY SON” because instead of an extra few bucks per year given to the AUS, you could buy eight whole bags of Cheetos instead of one or four.

If this thing passes and meets quorum (unlikely), you artsies will be paying:

  • $18 for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012
  • $23 for 2012/2013 and 2013/2014
  • $28 for 2015/2016, then adjusted by inflation/CPI

Well, wait Gossip Guy. That seems like a fairly reasonable increase for a new building/sapce, but… what’s it going to look like? Where will it be? Great questions, astute reader! Luckily, GG has obtained some documents showing a revamped Buchanan West Courtyard. Clicky “continue reading” to see…

I’ve had many a great night in the Meekison Arts Students Space, MASS as we know and love it, but when it comes down to it, I absolutely hate MASS. I abhor MASS. I want MASS to die and burn in a fire, and I usually save that death wish for people that spill my beer. You know who you are.

If you agree, I already have you sold. Vote yes, get a new space. Well, maybe… stay here long enough and you’ll see my point. Maybe some of you want to know what this place would look like, and where the heck would it be. I’m so glad I snagged some of these drafts:


From right to left: river, ball pit, THE GRAPHIC, new RBF fortress, arts cairn (twice as tall as the engineering cairn), patio for new cafe, super nerdy projection type thing that displays tweets that include #ubc.

As you can no doubt see, there are some exciting changes coming to Buchanan Courtyard. Truth is, I have no clue what a new space for artsies would look like, but I like the idea. I blindly give my money to UBC every September and January, so what’s another few bucks for a new building/space/something?

Hell… another $15 per year as of 2015/1016. I spend more than that on a Tuesday at The Gallery, so I might as well just throw it at the AUS and hope for the best.  A new fancy space to call your own, or a foggy morning where you don’t really remember the night before. Your choice. Vote yes on this referendum question, and see what happens.

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