UBC Insiders has asked current Graduate Student Society President and AMS Councillor Colúm Connolly his thoughts about the AMS elections and how he is voting. And remember to vote for us in the VFM contest!
Vice-President External Affairs
First off, because of my involvement in the Alliance of BC Students and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, the most familiar portfolio and dear to my heart is the Vice-President External Affairs position within the AMS. I was excited to see a competitive VP External election this year, however I was severely disappointed. At the first debate Janzen Lee had no idea what he was talking about and Jude Crasta failed to capitalize on this and call Janzen out. Jude knows the position and can make some positive impacts with an upcoming federal election. Jude gets my vote and should get yours too!
Now that the most important position is out of the way (joke). . . For president really the race would have been way more interesting with Tanner still in the running. Aaron Bailey should walk away with the role of president – he is certainly saying and doing all the right things. Aaron really impressed me as executive oversight chair last year and it was about then that I realized he would run for president this year, and I also knew I would be voting for him and for a more engaged AMS moving forward.
Board of Governors
#VERN4Everything – Veronica Knott is a true leader on this campus, through her role as president of Engineering Undergraduate Society she has shined and she will shine on as a beacon of light for students on Board of Governors.
Tanner Bokor – I have worked closely with Tanner over the last number of years and one thing you can say about Tanner is that he makes every decision with students in mind. People may disagree with his decision or direction but he believes he is making this campus better and I for the most part have supported his vision over the last couple of years.
The strongest senate team that I can see working together and really driving the student agenda are: Aaron, Jenna, Gurvir, Marjan and V, I mean Viet.
All of the candidates are looking to change this position. Ava is in the best position to be able to complete a transition while continuing her current work. Tea parties for all!
New buildings lead to new costs and we need the person who knows the finances to stay for once! Last year an incumbent lost this battle – Mateusz Miadlikowski has my vote this year.
Student Legal Fund Society
This society lacks accountability. Elect the accountability slate for more accountability (Students for Accountability).
Vice-President Academic and University Affairs
Jenna Omassi for VP Academic . . . sure but my real vote is for Daniel Munro lol!!