AMS Decoded: What to look for in the January 24 Council meeting

Every few weeks, your elected student government meets on a Wednesday night to talk about issues concerning the AMS. Agenda items can seem long, mysterious and confusing without the proper background, making it difficult to see how these issues affect students. Here’s what to watch out for in the upcoming AMS Council meeting on January 24:

Budget procedure

During the approval of the AMS budget for the current fiscal year, the Finance Committee was mandated to provide recommendations to Council for improvements to the annual budgeting process. The VP Finance will be presenting an update on the progress made toward formal recommendations at this meeting.

Student Services Manager

The position of Student Services Manager is responsible for overseeing the varied services of the AMS, which include VICE, Speakeasy and the Food Bank. A discussion is being held on options to improve year-to-year continuity for the role, as it is currently occupied by a new student each year who is hired into the role.

Student Development Awards Committee

Council will be considering the appointment of two of its members to the Student Development Awards Committee of the university. This committee gives out a number of awards, including the Margaret Fulton Award, which is granted to outstanding individuals who have made a contribution to student development and the university community, as well as the Helen McCrae Award, which is granted to recognize a service for students provided by the AMS, GSS or UBC.

Jakob Gattinger, a fourth-year applied science student, is the former VP Academic and University Affairs pro tem for the AMS and a current member of Council for engineering, as well as a student senator.