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Posted by: | February 13, 2008 | 35 Comments

Hello everyone.

I would invite us all to think about what sort of issues we have yet to cover on this blog. We’ve been feverishly covering the elections, but we would like to continue to focus on the issues.

We of course accept emails too, if you don’t want to leave a comment.

Thank you.


35 Comments so far

  1. Blake on February 13, 2008 7:51 pm

    I’ll be writing a post on the Housing Roundtable discussion the AMS held a couple nights ago (hopefully today).

  2. Mike Thicke on February 14, 2008 12:44 am

    * Commercialization of research
    * Proper role for students and faculty in the governance of public universities (or just governance issues at UBC)
    * The endowment and ethical investment
    * Why the CAPTCHA on here keeps getting longer–I think blogspot is trying to tell me something.

  3. Fire Hydrant on February 14, 2008 8:56 am

    Governance to include municipal governance, endowment to include how housing endowment is allocated.

    I can also think of a number of things around why campus development is done (and what other priorities might be introduced), benefits/drawbacks of adding housing density beyond what’s currently allowed, UBC Line routing, what entrances to campus ought to look like,…

    Not that I have a campus development bias…

  4. Patrick on February 14, 2008 9:05 am

    perhaps on the resignation of the Elections Admin, Brendan Piovesan.

    It was quite honourably done actually, sticking it out till the end of the VP Admin election and then standing aside.

    It was probably more honour than we deserved considering the treatment various council members, myself included, gave him in the UBC media.

    He has earned a great deal of respect in my books for how he handled the resignation. He could have simply walked and left the Admin election hanging, but he didnt.

  5. tyler on February 14, 2008 7:17 pm

    I’ll echo Pat’s comments. If things came across as personal at any point, they weren’t supposed to. As student leaders, it’s our job to stand up for what he hear our constituents tell us and this is what we heard. Props for sticking it out to the end of the Admin race and good luck in the future Brendan.

  6. changz on February 14, 2008 8:29 pm

    Hey guys, you know Alex Lougheed better, what’s that all about the multiple ballot, is he really testing the system? Does it have anything to do with the election reform Maayan?
    *gasp gasp*


  7. Patrick on February 14, 2008 9:03 pm

    Eh, it was a joke. Having talked to Alex before about the topic, assuming he did it (which I dont know for a fact he did), I can say with certainty that he knew that multiple ballots would not be counted.

    It could be described with a few adjectives, but cheating is definitely not one of them. There was no intent to in any way alter the race. The fact that the NAME was written on the ballot should be clear evidence of that.

  8. maayan kreitzman on February 14, 2008 9:16 pm

    Hey everyone. This post is about suggestions for the blog.

  9. Blake on February 14, 2008 10:22 pm

    I’d like to see some stuff on CFS/CASA politics, if any of you bloggers are so inclined.

    In addition, you could highlight some of the more interesting clubs on campus.

  10. Anonymous on February 14, 2008 10:39 pm

    – Talking about how to tackle student life issues and increase campus community.

    – degree creep: are too many people being educated in too many useless degrees?

  11. Anonymous on February 14, 2008 10:57 pm

    upcoming referendum and new last day of classes event.

  12. Jakke on February 15, 2008 12:32 am

    The referendum(s) (referenda?) and perhaps also the byelection if possible.

    Or is outside-UBC politics within the scope of this here blog?

  13. Alfie on February 15, 2008 12:52 am

    how about the Fed By-election at Vancouver Quadra? When is the all candidate debate between Dan, Rebecca, Joyce and Deborah?

  14. tyler on February 15, 2008 1:30 am

    I agree that there should be some sort of look into “The War on Fun” (both sides of it) and the steady decline of involvement and community on campus. The referendum would also be top of the list.

  15. Bruce K on February 15, 2008 2:46 am

    I’m interested in if the idea of ‘eco-density’ should be applied at UBC, and if so how…

  16. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 2:50 am

    undergrad societies

  17. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 3:13 am

    the first annual “resisting the university conference” March 3rd – 7th

  18. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 5:14 am

    AUS Elections! Bring on the dirt.

  19. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 6:45 am

    UBC farm

  20. Emily Walker on February 15, 2008 7:24 am

    UBC’s, the UNA’s, and the RCMP’s war on fun on this campus.

  21. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 3:42 pm

    How about a look as to how Alex Lougheed’s name is being dragged through the gutter by a one-sided, factually challenged, intellectually absent, and borderline deranged smear campaign?

  22. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 5:30 pm

    accountability/transparency at the AMS and electronic voting systems

  23. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 5:30 pm

    the pros and cons of slates

  24. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 5:31 pm

    Condorcet voting system- pros and cons

  25. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 5:31 pm

    feasability of a free student gym on campus

  26. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 6:02 pm

    Creating smaller learning environments at UBC.

  27. Anonymous on February 15, 2008 8:51 pm

    The issue of sessional lecturers at UBC and how it affects the teaching and learning environment at UBC

  28. Blake on February 15, 2008 9:59 pm

    The results of the VP Admin Special Election are in!

    MARKLE, Tristan 446
    STEWART, Shawn 306
    McCARTHY, Stephen 280
    KUSHNIR, Mike 194
    MESSOLORAS, Yian 189
    RYAN, Stephanie 104
    MAC J 44
    PALM, Aaron 42

    Congrats Tristan!

  29. Alfie on February 15, 2008 11:39 pm

    Thanks for your post,Blake! I will congratulate Tristan for his remarkable campaign and vision for a more substainable AMS.

  30. Alfie on February 15, 2008 11:41 pm

    Just for the record, Sonja. I did get the approximate estimation for voter turnout to be right. It’s around 3.64% of the general student population for the by-election.

  31. Patrick on February 16, 2008 12:27 am

    Wow… Tristan wasnt even able tog et 30% of the vote.

    Not a bash of Tristan at all, more a bash at the lack of preferential voting.

  32. Anonymous on February 16, 2008 3:51 am

    anonymous posting

  33. Anonymous on February 20, 2008 4:22 am

    If Alex was running for a serious position why did he do something stupid like that. That is unprofessional and stupid. The elections had enough problems without candidates trying to fuck things up.

  34. maayan kreitzman on February 20, 2008 7:19 am

    Hi Everyone – thanks for all the great ideas. I’ve written them all into a big list, and hopefully some will resurface as posts on the blog. thanks again.

  35. tyler on February 22, 2008 1:19 am

    I also like anon 6:50’s idea of taking a look at the undergrads. They’re definetly not as visible (despite our best efforts) as the AMS and if students aren’t all that well informed on things like tutition hikes and the UPass, it can be tough to get them looking at their own faculty and the things we do for them.

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