The Thank-You Post

Posted by: | January 31, 2007 | 4 Comments

We’ll both have withdrawal symptoms and we hope you’ll still read and interact with our discussion posts below. Play with them! We’ll probably reply. Actually, I’m sure we will. And stay tuned for Elections Results tonight! We’ll come back then, with commentary, of course. And photos. End Transmissions. This is goodbye, because the election is […]

One more thing

Posted by: | January 31, 2007 | 4 Comments

Don’t forget about the post below. We want your thoughts. But there’s another important question, too. Which is how ought this blog to live on? I think there’s a demand for some AMS/student/UBC blog out there. Now Gina and I are graduating, but would be happy to help out anybody who wants to keep a […]

So, we can’t publish tomorrow. And elections are up. So, this post is designed to have a great deal to chew on in our blogging absence.In short, a few ideas requiring bylaw reforms have been floated this election. If we can amend bylaws for one of them…. why not all? To begin: AMS Fees Linked […]

Campaign Wind up

Posted by: | January 31, 2007 | 22 Comments

Today I saw Jeff Friedrich standing on the North Side of the SUB flyering, all by himself. I’m really curious to see what the voter turnout is going to be. I would not be surprised if it were lower than most years, because of the quiet campaigns which I’ve bitched about many times before. Needless […]

Thoughts on an Election

Posted by: | January 31, 2007 | 25 Comments

My computer has unceremoniously fried itself. This angers me. It also means my ability to respond to comments instantaneously is greatly reduced, as is my ability to create a thoughtful, well-reasoned post. So, in the style of the “real” media, I present not-quite-formed thoughts, in short, digestible sentence form! 1) I’ll bet The Thunderbird didn’t […]

Inkless Insiders

Posted by: | January 30, 2007 | 30 Comments

Without a doubt, my favorite political journo is the intrepid Paul Wells; I get downright giddy when he posts about University affairs, which he does with some regularity. Today’s post is noteworthy. It explains quite succinctly why tuition reduction is a profoundly misguided way to increase access, and how lower tuition actually keeps the under-privileged […]

Issue of the Day: AMS Accessibility – Language

Posted by: | January 30, 2007 | Comments Off on Issue of the Day: AMS Accessibility – Language

This hit me the other day. I was having a conversation with a candidate, asking him (candidate wasn’t necessarily male, I’m just using the pronoun because it’s easier) about his ideas, and he was having trouble communicating, and verbalizing them, particularly when I’d ask him to relate them to abstract concepts. I tried my reassuring […]

Poll Results

Posted by: | January 30, 2007 | Comments Off on Poll Results

Now that online voting has closed, it’s time to pollute the waters of the Sea of Democracy with that most undemocratic of innovations – the opinion poll!! We had 80 responses, and this violates pretty much every law of polling – no random sampling, no random ordering of the numbers, self-selecting respondents… so it’s pretty […]

Global Citizenship – where does the AMS fit in?

Posted by: | January 30, 2007 | Comments Off on Global Citizenship – where does the AMS fit in?

The AMS recently passed a motion to support the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights. If you haven’t read them/are too lazy to Google, they can be found here: At first I thought the motion was out of order as this had no context or relevancy to the AMS. And then I re-read the 1948 […]

The AMS has done a terrific job in addressing issues of systemic barriers to access. (Note: by “access” I refer to the general ability to participate in the AMS, both in terms of services and in government.) See the gender-neutral washroom, its bursary fund, cab fares after midnight, and childcare for examples. But take a […]

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