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 […]

Senate – Alfie Lee

Posted by: | January 29, 2007 | 2 Comments

A quick note – the Knoll has convinced me to vote for Alfie Lee for Senate. Why? First, he’s actually showed up to all the debates. Second, he’s actually getting out there, and trying to meet people and talk and engage… and that’s really commendable. Finally, he’s enthusiastic about representing students, and that enthusiasm is […]

Issue of the Day: Services

Posted by: | January 29, 2007 | 2 Comments

The largest chunk of the AMS’ discretionary budget, and their largest non-food/beer source of relevance to UBC students, is their services. (Full list here). It should be noted that Services are administered directly by the Executive Co-Ordinator of Student Services, a hired (non-elected) position that serves as the sixth member of the Executive Committee. Some […]

Bettor? Barely knew her!

Posted by: | January 29, 2007 | 20 Comments

So, in honour of legal gambling everywhere, I’m proud to offer the following proposition wagers on the AMS elections. Note: these are for entertainment purposes only. And if you use them for any gambling purposes whatsoever, please report yourself to the nearest authorities. Immediately. As well, Elections Insider makes no warranties for any wagers, nor […]

Media on Media

Posted by: | January 28, 2007 | 48 Comments

Due to a hole in WordPress, this post’s author is misattributed. The follow was written by former Insiders editor Tim Louman-Gardiner. Those of you who know me in real life know that one of my pet peeves is when the media talk about the media. But thankfully for my sense of dignity, this ain’t the […]

I’d like to give my impressions on the election campaigns this past week. First of all, I’m happy to see that the debates have improved by a lot – the debate structure has been changed to allow for elaborate answers, and the candidates in turn have done their homework. The Wednesday VP Academic debate for […]

Issue of the Day: Athletics Fees

Posted by: | January 27, 2007 | Comments Off on Issue of the Day: Athletics Fees

by Sophia Haque, AMS VP Finance Currently, students pay $196.98 in student fees towards Intramurals and Athletics–whether they use the program or not. IF they choose to participate, they pay: Approximately $300/year for a gym membership $100 each for a fitness class (yoga, pilates, dance etc) Approximately$65/team for intramural sports It’s not cheap being an […]

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