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by Will McDonald
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Most people don't know what the AMS is or what it does, but you should and here's why: the AMS spent $17 million
last year. They bring you the U-Pass. They run Block Party. They host more than 350 clubs. Executives can get up
to $5,000 in bonuses each year. They can lobby for affordable tuition and housing. All of these things fall under the
portfolios of AMS executives, and you have the power to choose who they are.
To help you do that, we've put together 20 pages of elections coverage. From a historical perspective on the AMS, to
candidate questions, to endorsements, we want you to know why the AMS matters, and who you should vote for to
make the AMS best serve students. You've already picked up the issue, so that's a good first step. Take a look, inform
yourself, but most importantly, vote.
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The AMS was founded in 1915, and since then it has had both a lot of successes and a lot
ofscrewups.Togiveyou an idea of just how well and how wrong things can go, we've put
together a timeline of major AMS events. While the new execs probably won't start new buildings or make complaints to the UN, they have the opportunity to put some events on future
timelines. Positive or negative, we hope this upcoming year will be one where things worthy
of the record books actually happen.
The Second Trek — a student
campaign leads to the government increasing funding
to UBC.
UBCs first clubs —the
Men's and Women's
Literary clubs (now the
UBC Debate Society), the
Players' Club and the Glee
Club — are founded. The
Mountaineering Club (now
the Varsity Outdoors Club)
is founded shortly after.
1,200 students march to the
then-unbuilt Point Grey campus
to demand the government finish
construction in what is now known
as the Great Trek. This led to the
building ofthe current UBC -
Vancouver campus.
Construction $t
Brock Hall, UBC's first student
union building, opens. It was
funded largely by students.
The Ubyssey, then a subsidiary
ofthe AMS, publishes its first
The Alma Mater Society
ofthe University of British
Columbia is officially
constituted. McGill B.C.,
which preceded UBC, was
represented by its own
Alma Mater Society.
I Bad ifr
The AMS introduces a
parliamentary system
— it fails miserably.
Led by the Radio Society, the AMS begins
broadcasting weekly 30 minute radio
Good fs3^
REFERENDUM       ' 1
Referendum results
in the formation
ofthe Student
Commission (which
oversees clubs).
1970's THURSDAY MARCH 12, 2015 • AMS ELECTIONS • 5
The Pit, the first student pub or
campus, opens on the second floor of
the SUB before relocating to the SUB
basement in 1973. Beer was sold for
40 cents/bottle.
Students are elected to the
university senate for the first
Construction $t
SUB *^
Student Union Building, funded
primarily by the AMS, opens.
Fire at Brock Hall; roof
collapses. Students fundraise to
"rebuild the Brock."
Money A
Students vote
against paying a
$30 AMS fee to
build the Student
Recreation Centre;
University administration later brings
in a $40 fee to
fund the centre.
Good     71
The Ubyssey is reborn as
an independent student
publication following a
referendum, no longer
affiliated with the AMS.
Good ^
Students elected
to UBC Board of
Governors for the
first time.
Money 2\
AMS Student Court
orders AMS to
compensate Varsity
Outdoors Club in
response to ownership
dispute over Whistler
cabin. AMS Counci
ignores the ruling. A
compromise is later
Policy      ^
The Third Trek: student
protests and petitions
supporting then-UBC
Presidentjohn Macdonald
contributes to the
government further
increasing post-secondary
Students overwhelm-
ngly vote to approve
ntroduction ofthe
U-Pass to the university in what was the larg-
est-ever voter turnout
for a UBC referendum
The Ubyssey
doesn't publish
for a year,
following conflicts
with AMS
After instituting a new online voting
system, the AMS election includes 731
fraudulent votes, discovered only after
results were announced. The following
investigation cost the AMS over $40,000
and resulted in the election of a different
candidate and the final outcome of
a tuition referendum failing to meet
quorum by six votes.
Money A
AMS announces
Child Care Bursary
Fund, named after
Evelyn Lett — then
99 years old, a
UBC graduate,
former AMS
executive and wife
of former UBC
Chancellor and
first AMS President
Sherwood Lett.
Bad    |X
president Blake
Frederick and
VP External Tim
Chu file a human
rights complaint
to the United
Nations regarding
high tuition rates. 6 • AMS ELECTIONS • THURSDAY, MARCH 12,2015
The building will be integrated with what is left of the Knoll.
Those blue tubes are skylights for the new Pit.
The new Pit will still be underground and feature cheap
drinks, though it will be larger, have skylights and an
entire wall of TVs. THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015 • AMS ELECTIONS • 7
The most important AMS referendum questions
Veronika Bondarenko
News Editor
As letters on why students should
vote yes or no on the upcoming
BDS referendum flood our mailboxes, we thought we'd take a
look at some ofthe most historic
and contentious AMS referendum questions that students
have managed to put on the AMS
ballot through the power of petitions and organizing in recent
years. Aside from the usual AMS,
athletic and SUB expansion fees
that students have needed to approve as time went by and UBC's
population increased, the AMS
saw student-organized votes on
a wide range of social, political
and university issues that have
affected students over the years.
1968: Vietnam War
In February 1968, students organized a referendum that asked students to take a stance on the Vietnam War. Slightly less than half of
all voters said that the U.S. should
continue the bombing while over a
third also said that Canada should
continue selling armaments to the
U.S. Half of all voters disapproved
ofthe U.S. policy in Vietnam.
1972: Abortion
This was the year when students
organized for a referendum
question on abortion to be asked
at UBC. While this referendum
was meant only to gather student
opinion and did not call for any
specific actions, 2,016 out of 2,504
students voted in favour of legal
and accessible abortion in Canada
as early as 1972. While abortion
has been legal in Canada under
some circumstances since 1969,
it was in 1988 that the Supreme
Court struck down the law that
limited some abortions.
1987: Apartheid
In January 1987, students voted
on whether the AMS should
divest from products made by
Carling O'Keefe and Rothmans,
companies that had been linked
to supporting the South African Apartheid through some of
their shareholders. The referendum failed as 1,951 out of
3,371 students voted against the
divestment and the necessary 10
per cent voter quorum was not
It was only in the summer of 1989
that AMS Council voted in favour
of ceasing the sale of Rothmans
products in all AMS stores and
vending machines in order
to put pressure on the South
African government to end the
Apartheid regime.
Half of UBC voters disapproved ofthe U.S. policy in Vietnam in 1968.
Blake Frederick, the AMS president in 2010, launched a human rights complaint to the United Nations.
The Whistler Lodge recently sold for $1.45 million.
1995: The Ubyssey
In January 1995, our paper held a
referendum to charge $5 in student
funds in order to become fully
independent from the AMS. The
passing of this referendum set an
important precedent of us being
separate from both the student
union and the university and saying
whatever we want of how things
are going down at this university
without fear of repercussions.
2003: Sexual
assault support
In February 2003, students voted
to increase AMS fees by $1 to create
a Sexual Assault Support Services
Fund after the province cut funding
for programs that helped victims
who were affected by violence. The
fee, which has been raised to $3.36
in the last decade, is in place to this
day and almost all ofthe money goes
straight to UBC's Sexual Assault
Support Centre for their work on
helping victims of sexual violence.
2010: United Nations
After then-AMS President Blake
Frederick and VP External Timothy
Chu filed a human rights complaint,
about the university not providing sufficient financial support to
students, to the United Nations from
the AMS without consulting any of
their fellow councillors, the majority
of students voted to have them impeached. Still, the referendum was
not successful as a 75 per cent vote
in favour is needed in order to remove directors from their positions.
2013: U-Pass
Duringthe January 2013 AMS elections, students actually risked losing
the U-Pass (which is, arguably, the
best thing that the AMS has ever
done for its members) after a referendum on whether to accept the
higher costs that the society would
need to start charging for it was held
by the AMS. Thankfully, the vast
majority of students voted in favour
ofthe increases and we were not left
to pay the $90 a month it would cost
to take the bus to campus without it.
2014: Whistler
After years of seeing the Whistler
Lodge bleed money while having
only a very limited group of students
actually use it, a referendum that
gave AMS permission to sell it
passed by a 54.6 per cent majority
in January 2014 (after failing due
to lack of quorum in January 2012).
After officially selling the property
to a couple who intends to use it
for residential purposes last week,
the AMS closed that branch of
UBC history once and for all. Xi THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015 • AMS ELECTIONS • 9 10 • ELECTORAL CANDIDATES • THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
Involved in everything regarding
the AMS. The president has a seat
on all AMS committees and is the
face of the AMS.
Candidates Aaron Bailey, Cheneil Antony-Hale, and joke candidate V
are campaigning for the position of AMS President for the 2015-2016
year. Bailey and Antony-Hale both expressed support for the other's
platforms. Their primary source of disagreement lies in whether the
AMS president should focus on student life and supporting the other
executives or bigger, systemic problems within the university. Joke
candidate V calls for a total dissolution ofthe AMS and closure ofthe
university to orchestrate a massive Hunger Games-style fight to divvy
up the parts of the new SUB. He's also on the run from the Secret
$27,500 peryear, with up to $5,000
additional performance bonus.
Evaluate Tanner
Bokor's term
in office. What
would you do
What should the
role of the AMS
president be?
Every candidate
promises to better
communicate with
students. How will
you do this?
What character
from House of
Cards do you
identify with most?
What do you
think is more
effective: student
protests or
Pick one.
It think any answer to this question first requires a thank you to Tanner. While it would be dishonest to say that he
and I did not have a tumultuous relationship this year, anyone who works 75+ hours/week for the AMS and its mem-
■ers deserves our wholehearted appreciation and gratitude. Each president has their own style and way of leading.
If elected, the key difference would be an emphasis on prioritizing relationship building with the Executive and
Council. Getting an organization as big as the AMS to move in one unified direction is no easy task and these key
relationships are critical to achieving this.
%Jthough a simple question, this seems to be the one that a lot of candidates fail to grasp. The president serves as the
director of all activities of Council and the Executive. This means is that they exist to support the vice-presidents,
■iaff, and elected representatives of the AMS in the work that they do in the context of how it fits into the larger,
long-term vision for the Society's future. In addition to acting as the official spokesperson for the Society, the president is also known to take on special projects from time to time. However, they should only do so if those projects do
not fit more appropriately under the purview of another Executive's portfolio.
Communication in an organization with over 50,000 members is understandably difficult and there will always be
room to improve. However, by creating positive, open spaces for face-to-face interaction, such as weekly office hours
hosted in casual settings and by making a commitment to demonstrate care for the activities of constituents through
attending student organized events on a weekly basis, I will create an atmosphere of approachability that will help
make the AMS a more welcoming organization.
My AMS colleagues would give me too hard of a time if I didn't go with Francis Underwood. Ignoring the murder
Mid manipulation, Frank is an articulate leader who is driven and knows how to make change. He sets lofty goals and
never takes no for an answer. I like to think that I take a similar approach in my direct and focused style of leadership.
Plus, I really dig barbecue ribs.
^saw first-hand as a contributing member to the #IAmAStudent movement that the current administration is not
very receptive to the pressure created by student protesting. As president, I would advocate for more stern negotiations on the part of AMS that utilize our unique leverages (such as connection to valuable alumni donor bases) in
order to engage in bargaining to change decisions that students disagree with. That said, I think it is important to
note that non-AMS protesting plays an important synergistic role in this process and helps strengthen the AMS'
position by raising awareness around issues with the greater UBC community - I am definitely an advocate for this
No responses submitted.
believe that Tanner's term went wrong the moment he didn't dissolve the AMS Council. Without the AMS, there
ouldn't have been any students. He didn't have to fight for tuition increases if there weren't any students and he
idn't have to fight the housing increases if there weren't any students living on campus. His solution therefore was
extremely ineffective. Busses are nice though, I guess.
^parchy wears two faces, both creator and destroyer. Thus, destroyers topple empires; make a canvas of clean rubble
Mhere creators then can build another world. Rubble, once achieved, makes further ruins' means irrelevant.
Away with our beers, then!
Away with our destroyers! They have no place within our better world.
But let us raise a toast to all our destroyers, most unlovely and most unforgivable.
Let's drink their health... then meet with them no more.
^y shooting up a cannon ball every time a tribute perishes in the inevitable Hunger Games in the new SUB. The
^und of the cannon ball will be heard across campus. Otherwise, there wouldn't be a need to communicate to
students as there wouldn't be students anyways on campus after the presidency is gained, eliminating the need to
communicate anything that is going on within the AMS as there won't be anything happening in the AMS at all.
|verybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story
tell. With that said, Freddy from the BBQ joint is the character I identify most with. He is no one yet he is everyone,
e also cooks the best rack of ribs and he never even pretends to change.
udent Battle Royale.
j a^EST'0^	
What's your take on
How would you
the proposed plans
have handled the
What academic
for redevelopment in
announced tuition
policies do you think
Wesbrook? How will
and housing fee
should be changed?
you make sure new
increases if you were
developments are
in office?
what students want?
Liason between students and
university administration and
advocate for student interests.
$27,500 peryear, with upto$5,000
additional performance bonus.
The race for VP Academic and University Affairs has come down to a single
candidate. Fourth Year Jenna Omassi is the only student running; Omassi
currently serves as the AUS President, having come to this position on a
platform based around inclusivity, programming and diversity. In this year's
election, Omassi describes her priorities forthe position of VP academic as
mproving consultation practices, and furthering flexible learning initiatives
and undergraduate research.
Firstly, I would like to commend the efforts of the AMS Executive for their work on the tuition and housing file this
past year. However, if I had been in office, I would have encouraged less rhetoric surrounding the issue and quicker
mobilization of my staff, the executives and councillors. The slow moving action taken by the office took time away
from a solid consultation of students, working on a short timeline. Laying out a strategic plan right at the beginning
would have been more effective for all student leaders involved.
The main academic policy that must be addressed, and for which the Academic & University Affairs portfolio has
been working on already, is the policy on withdrawal. However, what is really needed is a comprehensive review of
all academic policies.
I think the redevelopment of Wesbrook and of other precincts on campus fall under the faulty guide to consultation
that the university currently engages students in. The university comes to students with a problem already solved and
a plan already laid out, looking for feedback on their plans. I would advocate for the university to consult students as
plans are being laid out to ensure student's needs are met in these redevelopment projects. 12 • ELECTORAL CANDIDATES • THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
This year's candidates have platforms focused on the collaborative nature ofthe
position by emphasizing the importance of communication between the AMS and
clubs and student groups. Candidates have spoken on the importance ofthe clubs
resource centre, located in the Nest, as well as an online resource hub.
The VP admin's position is to
support and enhance student
life on campus.
$27,500 peryear, with upto
$5,000 additional performance bonus.
How will you ensure a smooth transition to the
new SUB?
What will you focus on once the SUB transition
is complete?
What, specifically, will you do to improve
student life through communication and
By making it fun, relevant and clearly organized! As the
current VP administration, the team and I have put together
a strong framework for this transition to be carried out. We
have a crash course on the new SUB that will be available
as a guidebook on the AMS website with lots of information
about the building, its history and uses. The transition to the
AMS Student Nest must consider the different demographics
of students that will interact with the building. Clubs will
have a UBC residence-style move in and have the chance to
settle in before the soft opening. Large student groups have
already been looped in on programming for the opening and
beyond and clear, consistent and continued communication
with campus partners will help keep the student body connected to and excited about the building.
I plan on bringing the focus back to the students and
culture on campus. Outreach to 50,000 students is no easy
feat and must be broken down in an orderly manner if
anything is to be accomplished. By empowering clubs, constituencies and resource groups with the AMS to increase
their engagement would be the first step. I would support
student groups by offering increased services through the
new Clubs Resource and Sustainability Centre and offering
workshops on outreach, team building, equity, mental
health and wellness and sponsorship.
Over the past year in the position, my experience has
brought me to the realization that large-scale changes are
absolutely within the scope and reach ofthe position. I
have outlined above my plans engagement through interest
groups, a large scale project I am excited to undertake is
collaborating with the VP Students office and faculty association to have a UBC Events ofthe week calendar projected
in classes during the 10 minutes before lectures begin. The
rest of my ideas are at www.voteava.com!
The VP external is in charge of
lobbying the interests of students
regarding issues liketransit and
affordable tuition to outside
groups such as TransLink and the
provincial government.
Cogn itive Systems student J ude Crasta cu rrently serves as associate VP
external. His platform includesaddressing legislation on affordable housing and affordable U-Passes. Political science student Janzen Lee's platform addresses off-campus housing costs and expanding transit, as well
as transparency between students and the AMS and altering thestudent
loans program. Crasta spoke to promoting the federal election through
the combined resources of Democracy Talks and Get Out and Vote.
$27,500 peryear, with upto
$5,000 additional performance
What's going on with
the Compass card? How
will you help students
transition to using it?
What external bodies
should the AMS be
lobbying to? How and for
what purooses?
How should the AMS get
more students to vote in
the transit referendum?
hile it was expected that TransLink would have the
stem operational for the fall of 2013, the Compass Card
has been plagued by a number of issues, both logistical and
technological, that have resulted in the long timeline delays
that we have witnessed. I do have good news, however!
In my capacity as the associate vice-president, external, I
have already been working with TransLink on the U-Pass
Advisory Committee to begin the wave distribution to our
students. We have already successfully completed Wave 1
for UBC's affiliate colleges and will be continuing the rest
of the distribution to students in May. Winter students can THURSDAY, MARCH 12,2015 • ELECTORAL CANDIDATES • 13
How the transition into the new SUB would be like will
ultimately depend on how students feel about this new
facility. Thus, I will have a strong emphasis on creating
opportunities for the students to interact with the new SUB.
I will increase the amount of VP admin-hosted activities
(e.g. SAC Wine and Cheese) within the new SUB, encourage
the student body to explore this new facility, maybe through
scavenger hunts and making it easy for students to use the
Nest for student-hosted parties and events.
Once the transition is complete I want to bring the focus
back to the students. It has to be realized that this would be
impossible considering the sheer amount of us, but I believe
it is doable for the office ofthe VP admin to reach more students through the AMS clubs. Maximizing the utilization
ofthe Nest to promote inter-club activities and networking
would also be on my list so that the office could expose students to the many facades that this campus has to offer and
also to embrace the sense of community here at UBC.
The interaction between the VP admin office and clubs
serves as outreach to students. I would increase the level of
transparency when dealing with student-run groups. May
it be from OrgSync, news letters, to having coffee with club
execs I don't want there to be any type of barrier between
the office and the students. I want to create an environment where students feel comfortable suggesting new
areas where the office needs improvement and confident in
coming in to the office if they need help on administration.
To alleviate confusion with the move I will develop a
communication plan to ensure students are aware of where
everything is located in the Nest and what all the fun new
areas, from pocket lounges to the climbing wall, are. With
lower traffic in the building during the summer it also allows us to identify possible areas of confusion, and through
consultation I will gather feedback to identify any changes
that may need to be made for the start of term in September.
Jwith the new SUB project being realized, I would love
to shift the focus onto student life and our 350+ clubs by
finding ways to make their lives easier. Currently there are
many resources available to students, through the AMS
and organizations across campus, and I will gather that
information to create an Online Resource Centre that will
act as a central hub on everything from grants available, to
who to contact for free equipment, to highlighting events
and projects clubs are taking on.
I will work on improving student life by first reaching out
to student groups to host events in the Nest to make it a fun,
exciting place, whether it's having student bands perform at
lunch, or hosting dance lessons after class. Second, I want
to build on the AMS's philanthropic values by advocating
for discounted space bookings for student events aimed at
raising money for charity. I will also partner with groups
like Generocksity to help host smaller events in the lead up
to Shine Day to get the word out, and to allow the Shinerama Coordinator more time to concentrate on outreach
and Shine Day itself. Finally, I will work with UBC's new
Physical Activity Manager to coordinate our efforts in making health and wellness a priority for campus.
expect to start collecting their cards from
August 16 for September travel. Over the
summer, if elected, I will be launching a "get
acquainted" campaign with external partners, and on campus groups to ease students
into the new system.
forking in the VPX office, I have already
"Been working with Elections Canada, City of
Vancouver, Government of BC, Elections BC,
Reconciliation Canada, the Mayors' Council,
GetOnBoard BC, etc. and I would continue to
work with these groups to promote the issues
that matter to our students, lobbying included.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is another organization that the AMS
should take a look at, to rejuvenate our federal
I already take the lead in the organization of
the on-campus effort for the Referendum,
we have held multiple events that have been
widely successful in getting students registered and informed. March 11 is the official
launch ofthe #WESAYYES Student Yes!
Campaign across Metro Vancouver with a
region wide photo contest to be launched
on March 16. Students on campus will see a
lot more promotional materials and events
coming soon, in addition to the free coffee
distribution that students already love.
No responses submitted. 14 • ELECTORAL CANDIDATES • THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
Sets the AMS budget and is in
charge ofthe AMS's finances.
The race for VP finance has involved a lot of talking without much
actually being said. Debate topics have ranged from the AMS
outstanding budget deficit to candidates making wild promises
outside ofthe VP finances portfolio. Will Pigott's experience as the
vice president of Commerce Undergraduate Society has left him
finance savvy and relatively critical in debates. Incumbent Mateusz
Miadlikowski has insisted that everything is business as usual. Also,
his campaign has been relatively apathetic. For a position that sets a
twelve million dollar annual budget this race has been interesting to
follow,to saythe least.
$27,500 peryear, with upto
$5,000 additional performance
What, if anything, will
you do to address lack of
AMS business revenue?
Evaluate the performance
of this year's VP finance.
The VP finance has to sign
a lot of cheques. Please
provide us a scanned copy
of your finest signature.
You will be judged on
curviness, flow and
apparent speed.
■ do not fundamentally believe that the losses from AMS
businesses this year is a trend for future years, and with the
New SUB the AMS should see revenues from the businesses
next year. That being said I aim to work with BAGB to produce realistic projection for business revenues for the New
SUB. Additionally, I want to work with BAGB to develop
a framework for making the decision to close a business if
that business is cutting into revenues and cannot feasibly
be turned around. Overall I want to start the five to 10 year
process to transition the AMS away from relying on business revenues to balance its budget.
Represents students on UBC's highest decision making
body, the Board of Governors.
Free parking. Free iPad. Untold benefits.
Three candidates are vying for two student spots on the Board of
Governors this year. Candidates have been asked whether they
would take an adversarial or negotiating approach when it came
to representing the needs of students to the Board. Van de Valk
and Bokor both said that a mix ofthe two were necessary while
Knott argued that a strong voice for students was imperative.
Some would argue that previous BoG reps have gotten too close to other Board
members and haven't advocated enough for students. What would you do differently?
How would have handled the tuition and housing increases? How would you
have voted?
Explain the governance situation at UBC.
he most effective student BoG members are those who
re able to accurately articulate the needs of students to the
card and are able to work within the Board's bureaucracy.
If elected, I will work with the Board to help shape a comprehensive and beneficial plan for UBC and its students —
having a positive working relationship will enable me to accomplish this. However, when it becomes apparent that the
university plans to act in a way not beneficial to students, I
will separate and advocate for student needs — allowing me
to better reflect the thoughts and concerns of student body.
^^my opinion, these increases were a knee-jerk reaction
^b bad long-term planning. I find this lack of long-term
strategic budgetary planning unacceptable. First, I would
have tried to focus the actions ofthe Finance and Property
Committee to better understand the root causes of this situation in order to alter long-term planning. While this action
wouldn't solve the immediate increase, it would be essential
to protecting the accessibility ofthe university for future
students and would prevent future increases. Second,
seeing the negative results ofthe AMS' lack of engagement
with student BoG members, I would have improved engagement with student leaders and movements on campus.
BC operates under a bicameral system with two legislative
dies: the Senate and BoG. Responsible for all academic
fid non-academic maters respectively, these bodies are
supposed to be of extreme importance and help mould the
vision of UBC. Unfortunately, the Board over-focuses on
overseeing the senior administration and the Senate on
administrative tasks. This needs to change. We need to
push for the Board and Senate to start focusing on vision
and long-term strategic planning to prevent situations like
UBC's current financial troubles and to ensure that the
future of UBC is secure.
Delays in the construction ofthe new SUB
■ftve truly been the driver behind this year's
AMS deficit rather than the performance
ofthe VP finance. Even then the past year
has been difficult for individuals attempting
to work with the VP finance's office, that is
why I will focus on reopening the channels
of communication with all AMS stakeholders. This means emails will get answered
and I'll be in my office to answer questions.
Along with being accessible I want to change
this year's VP finance's lack of transparency,
making sure students can access the current
year's budget and the financial statements
from past years. A vast majority of decisions
the AMS makes at Council or ExecCom have
something to do with money and unfortunately this year the VP finance has not been
engaged in those discussions with lackluster
attendance and participation at both. There
has been a lot of talk about implementing an
Electronic Reimbursement System but even
though most ofthe decisions were already
made and all that was missing was an official contract with the chosen provider when
Mateusz took office, nothing has happened
■n recent years the AMS saw a decline of its businesses' revenues due to a number of factors such as the construction
surrounding the SUB. The VP finance does not have voting
powers on the Business and Administration Governance
Board thus he or she does not have direct influence on businesses. Nevertheless, as a non-voting member ofthe Board I
will continue to ask difficult questions and expect the goals
to be met. I would work closely with the management team
to limit the expenditures in order to balance the lack of
revenue. All actions shall be based on the four pillars: social
and environmental sustainability, business performance
and student development. Unlike a new VP finance I will
be able to hold the board and management accountable to
multi-year commitments in order to utilize the opportunities and potential ofthe new SUB.
The VP finance portfolio is the least glamorous one at the
AMS as the person in the position ensures the stability and
effectiveness ofthe internal operation ofthe society which
results in everything that the society accomplishes. As this
year's VP finance I believe I did a solid job and fulfilled my
duties in addition to taking on new initiatives. This year's
budgeted a surplus of over $300,000 was meant to ensure
the stability ofthe society. Unforeseen situation caused the
AMS to face a deficit. It would have happened under any
new VP finance. Perfection in the position is impossible to
attain, especially within a year due to a number of systematic and procedural issues that the AMS has. In order to
change the portfolio and fix the problems there is a need
for somebody with experience, perseverance and knowledge of the AMS. I strongly believe this person is me.
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he role ofthe student board member is both as an advocate
nd broker of actions that benefit the student community,
hile balancing the responsibilities of a director of a $1.5
billion public institution. Unfortunately, the Board is currently operating without any culture of candidness, and with a
committee structure that doesn't encourage open debate on
important issues. Debate and lobbying occurs in back channels, which lowers the effectiveness of a student board member. I intend to push for a serious committee reform proposal,
and introduce a culture of candidness in open meetings, to
spur other governors to do the same. Through that, issues
important to students can be actively debated in an open and
transparent means, leading to better outcomes.
I would have moved to defer both proposals until such
time that a fully-explained financial justification for
either proposal was developed, that included exploration
of non-student derived options, and until such time that I
was confident, backed by confirmation from the student
societies on campus, that a proper consultation process has
occurred. I believe that both proposals were ill-conceived
and rushed to decision, without the necessary due diligence
done to justify need.
UBC is in an odd quasi-municipality, cross-jurisdictional
territory. The Endowment Lands (non-academic areas and
•Ricluding South Campus) are maintained by the Ministry
of Community & Sport, while the academic lands are under
the direct control ofthe Board of Governors. UBC is the
property developer, permitting body and decision authority
without a careful system of check-and-balances on their
own power on issues ranging from land use to community
services. This raises numerous conflict of interest issues,
and also poses serious challenges to true community representation on the key issues that matter to students, faculty
and staff who live and work at UBC.
am running for a position on BoG to represent students
nd get work done, so the most effective relationship I can
vision, and what I will try to forge, is one of professionalism and effectiveness. This will help me be productive
through active discussions and mutual respect. I am here to
represent students, and I can do that best through a professional working relationship where student representation is
my priority over personal connections.
ould have voted against the tuition and housing in-
reases at UBC. I am a proponent of accessible education
lid these increases serve as barriers to many students.
That being said, UBC is facing a serious funding problem
which must also be addressed. I would have pushed for the
consultation process to include a more holistic discussion of
UBC's financial priorities and for University administration
to work with students to find a long-term, student-centered
solution to address UBC's larger funding and budgetary
The governance situation at UBC requires balancing a
diversity of priorities, interests and demands while steering
e university towards excellence. The current governance
is one that is too absorbed in the immediate hardships and
demands of UBC, and not focused enough on a sustainable
financial plan, long-term vision and direction for the school.
We need to think bigger, towards a long-term strategy to
ensure that UBC governance can work towards the institution becoming a world class university, while maintaining
a positive relationship and having meaningful consultation
with its students. 16 • ELECTORAL CANDIDATES • THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
Represents students on the Senate,
which is responsible for UBC's academic policies.
This year's senate race has many capable candidates with a broad rage of experience. The key
debate topics have focused on the incorporation
and implementation of equity programs inside
and outside of UBC classrooms. However, the
majority ofthe candidates' platforms also touch
on issue of mental health and wellbeing. With
the exception of two ofthe candidates, Aaron
Bailey and Eric Zhao, this year's senate race is
full of fresh faces eager to bring new ideas to the
It's hard for candidates to stand out in this race. How are
you different?
hat, besides mental health, is the most important part of
your platform?
hat's the worst policy move Senate has made in the past
year. What should they have done differently?
First, I have a year's worth of experience as a student Senator, which sets me apart from
most ofthe candidates on the basis of my foundational working knowledge ofthe Senate
and my pre-established relationships with a number of influential faculty and convocation senators. Second, compared to other incumbents, my experience chairing the Flexible Learning Ad-Hoc committee has given me a good understanding of what it takes to
actually drive progress on the Senate floor. Finally, my propensity to ask tough questions
during Senate meetings has proven that I am unafraid to be openly critical on behalf of
students to ensure that my constituents are represented properly.
The most important part of my platform is my commitment to leading the student Senate
Caucus as chair next year. Following in the example of this year's co-chairs, I hope to use
my experience to set realistic goals for the SSC and encourage student Senators to run
for chair and vice-chair positions on as many standing Senate committees as possible. By
having students at the helm, we can work towards making the Senate a less stagnant and
more action-focused body over the coming year.
Approval ofthe Master of Management Dual Degree program was the most ill advised
move made by Senate this year. Particularly, the fact that secondary school students have
the opportunity to enter a degree in first year where they pay tuition towards the Graduate components ofthe degree that is non-refundable if they do not remain enrolled in the
program. This raised concerns for the Student Senate Caucus who unanimously voted
against it. Senate should have recognized and trusted the concern that the students had
for the degree and acted to refer it back to committee for further discussion instead of
hastily approving it to meet deadlines.
With a lot of overlap in ideas and platform points given the number of candidates running for Senate, I believe intangibles like four years of campus engagement and leadership opportunities across five massive organizations (Arts Undergraduate Society, Alma
Mater Society, Residence Advising, Residence Hall Association, UBC Recreation) provide
me with a well-rounded perspective and leadership skills to bring forward. I am also the
only remaining candidate to have sat on the AMS Education Committee this year, where
I had the opportunity to engage with two current Senators on content that came out of
the VP academic's office.
Instead of attempting to tackle an issue as large as mental health with a single platform
point, I constructed a diverse platform across multiple committee seating possibilities
that is mindful ofthe Framework for Senate Consideration of Student Mental Health and
Wellbeing that was brought forward last November. While I feel very passionately about
all platform points, the creation of a Withdrawal under Extenuating Circumstances
(WE) standing for academic records needs to happen to address the inadequacy ofthe
rigid W standing applied in academic concession. Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto have moved in this direction, we need to as well.
In my opinion, the worst policy move Senate made in the past year was the approval of
the Doctor of Pharmacy Flexible degree program while tuition for the program was still
undergoing consultation. It gave the impression that consultation would not impact discussion regarding the program. In seeing tuition costs as essential in the discussion of a
program being approved, I think Senate should have postponed until a complete picture
was brought forward for discussion.
As a first-year Science student running for Senate, I believe that change in the senate
would be beneficial. Social development and sustainability have been a long passion of
mine. My experience enacting change and implementing policy include: being an intern
for the Environmental Youth Alliance as well as an active contributor to the City of Vancouver's social policy and projects department's initiative by creating events to address
discrimination and create awareness and education on acceptance.
I was born and raised in Vancouver and UBC has always felt like home to me. My goal
is for the Senate to not only create an excellent rapport with students, but also to be
accountable. It's currently very difficult to find information on Senate developments and
have input; I would like to increase access to this information through online resources.
The Senate needs to be more transparent with decisions and consult the student body before
policy is made. Student Senators represent student interests, and so their actions should
reflect them.
I am passionate about having student opinions heard and actions taken. I plan to implement events where senators are accessible and can interact with students. I also believe that
supporting holistic approaches to teaching and learning is extremely important, and that
having access to course syllabi and exam dates prior to registration is essential.
I will advocate for issues concerningthe student body, listen to student concerns, and
ensure the wellbeing of students is of the utmost importance. THURSDAY, MARCH 12,2015 • ELECTORAL CANDIDATES • 17
■while other candidates are mainly focused on what they individually want to accomplish, I
lam more focused on what UBC students want me to accomplish. At the moment, there exists
no visible or transparent mechanism that students can use to communicate their concerns
and ideas to student senators. The relationship between Student Senators and UBC students
currently begins and ends at the election. I am the only candidate committed to using mass
emails, regular online updates, Senator office hours, surveys and other means of communication to keep the Senate transparent and student senators accountable. As a student Senator, I
will ensure that everything I advocate for truly reflects the necessities of UBC students, and
not just my personal beliefs.
The largest theme I am focusing on in my platform is giving students more control over their
education. As university students, we have the right to ensure that our education suits our
needs and career paths. One ofthe ways I want to give students more control is by introducing obligatory student representation in faculty-level curriculum committees. These committees have a large amount of power in shaping and designing changes to courses or new
courses at UBC, but at the moment only the Faculty of Medicine has student representation.
Students need to have input on the courses they are going to take, to ensure that they satisfy
the needs of students, and not just the interests of faculty members.
My biggest concern with the Senate at the moment does not regard one specific policy, but
rather the lack of policy making. Throughout the past year, the vast majority of Senate proceedings have been regarding the approval of curriculum changes, modifications to awards,
new degrees created outside ofthe Senate, and other mainly procedural matters. With the
exception ofthe creation ofthe Mental Health & Wellbeing Committee, there has not been
any major change the Senate has brought forth. This is one ofthe reasons I want to create
unity and cooperation in the Student Senate Caucus, ensuring that the yearly goals of student
Senators are specific and well supported, so that the Senate is able to create change at an
adequate rate.
As my experience on both the AUS and AMS show, I am a pragmatist. I believe in tangible goal setting and promises that I can truly achieve. As many have noted, the Senate
race has candidates sharing very lofty goals with little to show at the end of their terms
because ofthe slow moving nature ofthe body. I believe that my true understanding of
Senate and understanding the need to carry on past initiatives of student senators as a
key difference between myself and my counterparts in the race.
The most important part of my platform is consultation. Right now academic issues at
Senate are seen as having little affect on students and student senators engage in little
to no consultation with students. I believe that this can be reformed. What do students
want to see in terms of academic initiatives? We are unsure because we have not asked
The ease at which Senate approves degree programs is a bit alarming. Though not the
only one, the Masters of Management approval, even with the many concerns surrounding the program, demonstrates this trend. Though the Student Senate Caucus has
worked well together to share concerns about this process, Senate needs to be reviewing
the way in which it so easily makes decisions without thinking about their larger implications.
While it is valuable for student Senator platforms to overlap to an extent, as we will be
orking together on the Student Senate Caucus, it is also crucial for student represent-
tives to bring different experiences and ideas to the table. I have valuable experience
Working in Student Development last year, where I cultivated ties with faculty, staff
and alumni. I hope to use these connections to push forward my goals and plans. In
addition, I recognize that it is extremely important for student Senators to transition
and complete projects before engaging in all new initiatives. As demonstrated by other
candidate platforms and the first debate, it is not apparent that all candidates recognize
this importance.
As I emphasized in the first debate, a focus of my platform is developing a first semester
academic break. The most important aspect of this goal is that it is tangible. The current
Senate will have completed the most basic level of work on this project before next year's
Senate is established, so it will be up to us to continue working on this project that students have repeatedly expressed interest in.
This year, Senate approved the Masters of Management program, despite Student Senators being in complete and unanimous opposition. The program was promoted to high
school students as a way to complete two degrees in five years; however, there's a catch.
Students begin paying tuition for this program in their second year of university, but if
they are unable to maintain a 75% average all the way through their four years at UBC,
they are then unable to graduate with a Masters of Management and do not receive their
money back. In short, the program is fundamentally flawed and Senate chose not to work
with student representatives to reevaluate or restructure the degree.
■Here's the truth — I can repeatedly say that I have a unique perspective, that I have
Iwhat it takes to get things done and join the rest ofthe candidates in not distinguishing
myself. So what's different about me? I'm weird; I'm brutally honest (while respecting
all of whom I've met); and I admit that I don't know something when I don't know them.
I'm imperfect. But I also believe in what I say and what I do. I also keep my promises and
have huge respects for all those who do. I'm here to do things for you, not stopping at
listening to you and nodding in agreement without doing anything about it.
arning Technology. I, like many other students are concerned with the state of learn-
g technology at UBC. The good thing is that UBC is shifting its priority and is focusing
learning technologies. That means anything from creating an innovation framework
(so student/faculty/staff entrepreneurship can be done) to creating a support system so
all those technology that people use can be integrated nicely. We're in 2015, let's make
sure our university is too.
The worst set of policy moves that the Senate has made in the pat year are those policies
surrounding Vantage College. Despite Vantage College looking "simple" in the media and
the recruitment campaign, this program has created a host of problems that set many
precedences that are not covered by current policy. A few examples include how the first
year Vantage College students are treated as "International Programs" and thus does not
have the same set of rules regarding undergraduate awards as other "undergraduate"
students. I would have approached the leadership group of Vantage College and worked
with them on clarifying those terms before the program was approved. 18 • ENDORSEMENTS • THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
VP Academic
Jenna Omassi
VP Finance
Mateusz Miadlikowski
by Austen Erhardt
Another year, another AMS Election. This election has seen an unusual number of candidates — a disproportionate number of them incumbents — dropping out ofthe race. Though
some ofthe races lacked a strong showing on either side, a few had more qualified candidates than there were spots to be elected (which is what we want to see).
As in previous years, these endorsements were determined by Ubyssey editors and staff
members in a private meeting. The reason for fluctuating vote totals between endorsements
is due to some of those present at the meeting not staying for its duration.
All endorsements were made with majority rule following a discussion ofthe merits and
flaws of each candidate; voters could cast their ballots in support of or against candidates,
Senate \J
Student Legal Fund Society
Students for Accountability
Unanimously with seven votes in favour, zero abstentions and zero against.
or could abstain. Abstentions signify a lack of confidence in a candidate's qualifications or
suitability for a position but not necessarily opposition.
In each race, whichever candidate received the most votes in favour earned an endorsement, though if their total 'for' votes were less than half ofthe overall votes cast the
endorsement comes with reservations.
Though these endorsements do reflect the majority of The Ubyssey editorial board's
position based on our perspectives as students and media covering the elections, we still encourage everyone to form their own conclusions about the candidates by reading our debate
recaps, watching The Ubyssey's elections videos and reading the candidates' own platforms.
The presidential race has been especially interesting this year. V has been an entertaining
joke candidate, but despite our innermost desires to see a Hunger Games-esque free-for-all
among Council, we have decided to endorse one ofthe serious candidates.
Cheneil Antony-Hale has both eagerness and enthusiasm, qualities that have been sorely lacking in the AMS in recent years. That said, her experience with the society is limited
to starting a club which, while both inspiring and important for UBC, cannot be compared
to the time Bailey spent sitting through Council meetings and managing executives.
Some of our editors mentioned that Bailey seems like a true politician (which, by the
way, is not necessarily a good thing). He comes across as someone who has wanted to
move up to president since day one and has been playing his cards (joining a frat, being
a faculty president) in such a way that would ensure this would happen. Bailey knows
how to say the right things, but his bid to 'put the students back into student politics' also
lacks substance on tangible things that he would do besides showing up to events and
being social.
At the same time, Bailey has been involved with the AMS long enough to prove that
he is both interested and knowledgeable when it comes to politics. His enthusiasm might
encourage students to get involved with the AMS and his approach to shorten Council by
pushing councillors to prepare their questions ahead of time is sorely needed. Anyone who
has sat through a meeting that dragged on for over seven hours will tell you that.
In her campaign, Antony-Hale addresses serious concerns such as the housing and
tuition rises, more seats on the Board of Governors, sexual assault training for residence
advisors and a resource centre for students with disabilities. Although these are all things
that need to be addressed, Bailey was right about one thing when he brought it up at the
first debate: the president is not necessarily the right person to take these on. The presidential role is largely one of oversight, and the time that Antony-Hale would have to push
forth even one or two of these issues (not to mention all of them) would be almost entirely
overshadowed by managing the executives, getting students to know about the AMS and
serving as a talking head for the society. When it comes to those specific things, we think
Bailey is more qualified.
We sincerely hope that Antony-Hale will continue to be active on campus next year.
That said, we've chosen to endorse Aaron Bailey, with eight votes for and one abstention.
As a side note, we wish that Bokor hadn't dropped out so that the race could have been
more contested. We'd also like to add that we shouldn't underestimate the joke candidates.
Aside from adding some much-needed humour to the elections, they also provide the
opportunity for students to show their dissatisfaction for the real candidates by voting for
them. It's a shame there haven't been more of them in other races this year. THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015 • ENDORSEMENTS • 19
It's difficult to call it an endorsement when there's only one person running. Omassi is the
current AUS president, and from contact with her in that role we know a few things: she is a very
social person, she likes to talk and debate and she is passionate for the things she cares about.
However, as VP academic, she'll have to work with the university on very technical issues,
and to get anything done, she'll have to draft long, detailed proposals; this isn't the type of work
she's used to as AUS president. We've seen no explicit evidence that she won't be able to keep up
with the job, but some of our editors are concerned about her lack of relevant experience — being
outgoing might not be enough to fill her duties. At the same time, we know that passion can go a
long way when it comes to getting things done.
It's worth mentioning that she missed the first debate. Our editors have varying opinions on
this, as she had legitimate academic reasons to be absent, but it's still not a great first impression
to give potential voters — even if you're the only one running.
We'll wait for Omassi to prove herself, but if she can translate the passion and vocality she
brings to her position as AUS president to the technical skill required from a VP academic, she'll
do a fine job in the upcomingyear.
We endorse Omassi with six votes in favour and three abstentions (stemming from her lack of
relevant experience).
Besides the presidential campaign, the VP admin campaign was the most contentious in the
Incumbent Ava Nasiri has both strengths and weaknesses that made it difficult for us to collectively agree that she was an objectively good candidate. In comparison to Alex Remtulla and
James Jing, however, the choice seemed rather straight-forward. Nasiri brings experience to the
role and the drive to get things done. This doesn't mean that we don't have our reservations.
During the debates, Jing showed a lack of understanding ofthe responsibilities ofthe VP
admin position. His platform seemed to focus on buzz words, specifically the notions of "hands-
on approach" and "collaboration," and didn't seem to expand further on what he will bring to
the role. He's also never been to the AMS Art Gallery. We have to give him credit for his honesty,
Remtulla, who has more experience than Jing, was also keen on collaboration between the
AMS and clubs but wasn't specific regarding how he would bring this about — other than an
online resource hub for clubs to use.
While Remtulla is a viable second choice, Nasiri is the more obvious candidate. With a year of
experience under her belt, she understands the position and resources to make the changes she
wants. While we weren't impressed by her lack of communication concerning the SUB delays,
many ofthe problems that arose were out of her hands and circumstantial. From what we know
of Nasiri, she's driven, energetic and has a vision for the future. While she may not have accomplished all of her previous campaign goals, without the opening ofthe Nest on her plate, she may
actually be able to bring about the change for student life that is so very needed.
We endorse Ava Nasiri with five votes in favour and two abstentions.
This year's VP external race is less a competition and more a matter of determining which candidate is a safer choice.
From what we can see of Janzen Lee, he lacks fundamental knowledge ofthe AMS and seems
a little unfamiliar with the functions ofthe role he is pursuing.
We see Jude Crasta as a safer choice. While not an overwhelmingly clear selection, he does
have relevant experience. His last year as associate VP external doesn't tell us too much, as it is
hard to know how much of this year to hold him responsible for. In a year in which the VP external office has not shone — though in fairness it has not failed either — we can only expect Crasta
to be more ofthe same: solid but unspectacular.
It has been good to see involvement of the current VP external office in the transit referendum, but otherwise we have heard little from the current VP external and her associate. We
hope that Crasta, should he earn the position, will exceed our expectations set by his predecessor and not only keep things going relatively smoothly but will actually improve them.
Regardless ofthe lack of glamour, the year has not been abject, and we in the office fear that
Lee is too much risk for too little promise. The Ubyssey endorses Jude Crasta with seven votes in
favour and three abstentions.
This year hasn't been a great year for the AMS financially — helped in no small part by the delay
ofthe opening ofthe new SUB — and poor finances does not reflect well on an incumbent VP finance. Mateusz Miadlikowski, the current VP finance, is challenged by Sauder student and CUS
executive Will Pigott in this race; though Pigott's fiscally conservative platform and advocacy for
change from the status quo is intriguing, we've decided to, with reservations, endorse Miadlikowski for VP finance.
Though the AMS has been struggling with its budget lately and businesses seem to be bleeding money left, right and centre, we feel as though Miadlikowski is not entirely responsible for
that. The VP finance is more of an advisory and research-based role than one that wields significant power over businesses — that responsibility is left to the business board.
Pigott brings some interesting ideas to the table, and we agree with his assertion that the
AMS shouldn't spend money for the sake of spending money, but he also lacks relevant leadership experience (his role in the CUS is not finance-based) and showed a relative dearth of
understanding of AMS structure and the capabilities of his position in the debates. Miadlikowski, though not our ideal candidate, is a safe choice; he held things together over the course ofthe
year and can be expected to do the same next year. As an incumbent, we hope that Miadlikowski
will be able to improve the AMS' finances over the course ofthe next year with the aid ofthe
new businesses opening in the new SUB.
With considerable reservation, we endorse Miadlikowski for VP finance with a vote of three
in favour and six abstentions.
This year's BoG race has three capable candidates, though two stand out: we endorse Tanner
Bokor and Veronica Knott for Board of Governors each with eight votes for and zero abstentions.
Bokor is a clear choice, given the amount of experience he has, especially as AMS president.
He has both the policy expertise and personal connections to be an effective representative on
the Board. Though some of his campaign goals, such as blocking development on University
Boulevard, might be a bit too optimistic, we respect that he's making tangible promises to students — we just hope he will uphold them.
Knott also has our endorsement for the Board. She's not afraid to speak up, and when she
does, there's sound reasoning behind it. Like Bokor, she knows how things work at the university, and we believe she will use that to students' advantage.
Julie Van de Valk would be a suitable candidate for Board, she just isn't as qualified as Bokor
or Knott. Yes, there's more to being a Board rep than being a seasoned politician, and she arguably has more experience than current rep Nina Karimi. But things move quickly at the Board
and there's only so much time to get up to speed. Van de Valk is personable and seems to truly
care about students, we just worry those intentions wouldn't lead to results at the Board.
In keeping with the trend ofthe past few years, Senate has a slew of candidates, most of whom
failed to distinguish themselves from one another. In fairness, it's a difficult to stand out in competition for a role that doesn't give much opportunity for thinking outside the box. Ofthe nine
candidates for five Senate positions, we endorse two with a strong majority.
Viet Vu, with a vote of six for and one abstention, we endorse wholeheartedly. Vu is an active
presence on campus, familiar with the AMS and has relevant leadership experience derived
from his time as VSEUS president. Aaron Bailey is also endorsed with a vote of five for, one
against and one abstention. Bailey, too, has demonstrated a clear understanding ofthe AMS and
how it operates. The person who voted against Bailey did so because of a belief that AMS executives should not hold two major political positions concurrently when there are other candidates
who would dedicate more of their time and themselves to the role, but does recognize Bailey's
qualifications otherwise.
Ofthe remaining candidates, none received a majority endorsement. We do believe, however
that Gurvir Sangha, Eric Zhao, Jenna Omassi and Marjan Hatai are all decent choices. Zhao is
an incumbent and, though not a particularly active presence in Senate, is familiar with the role
and workings ofthe AMS. Omassi and Sangha both are very engaged with various groups on
campus and are well-known. Hatai has experience as an AMS Councillor which should be transferable to a role in Senate, but she also has not stood out in any way at Council meetings.
Ofthe other three candidates, Sapollnik received one vote in favour of endorsement, citing
his apparent enthusiasm and passion (given that he is a first-year who not only knows what the
AMS is, but is running for a position in it) and original ideas.
The Student Legal Fund Society receives $1 in student fees every year and does very little with
that money. This needs to change and it needs to change quickly. Although Janzen Lee is the
only member ofthe incumbent Students for Responsible Leadership slate to return to the position, we have very little hope that the newer members ofthe slate have any desire to do something different from what former ones have been doing for years: very little of anything.
Why are we so harsh? Well, our doubts were firmly cemented duringthe first debate. Gems
uttered by members ofthe Students for Responsible Leadership slate included things like it is up
to the students to seek out the services ofthe SLFS if they need them (that's a nice cop-out from
actually having to do anything) and the AMS being irrelevant. They have also pointed to having
a website, placing a couple of ads in The Ubyssey and dealing with two student cases as their
major accomplishments ofthe year. And then there's the second debate, which none ofthe slate
The majority of students do not know what the SLFS does or even is. Placing some ads is
clearly not enough considering the amount of money they receive every year and a complete
revamp of how the society goes about its business is necessary. The Students for Accountability
slate have promised to release an audit ofthe organization as soon as they are elected, to manage
funds responsibly and to actually provide tangible services to students. While only time will tell
if they will actually live up to their promises, they at least propose reasonable solutions for problems that the society is facing, which certainly cannot be said for the incumbent slate.
Our editorial board unanimously endorses the Students for Accountability slate to take over
the SLFS next year, a 20 • AMS ELECTIONS • THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
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