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Dec
09

the *US speak

The undergraduate society councils of Arts, Science and Engineering all passed resolutions supporting the actions of council. I assume, for Commerce, that it’s just kind of a given. Here they are:

Arts Undergraduate Society

WHEREAS Alma Mater Society (AMS) President Blake Frederick and Vice President External Timothy Chu recently filed a complaint with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with the Pivot Legal Society, and 
WHEREAS
the planning, implementation, and execution of this complaint were not brought to AMS Council by either the President or the Vice President External, at any point since the ideas inception in March 2009, and
WHEREAS
the Vice President External is on record saying that the idea was never brought to Council because they did not think it would be approved, and
WHEREAS
this action has cost the AMS $3000 to date, and has unknown costs still to be determined with the Pivot Legal Society, and
WHEREAS
there has been an unprecedented amount of negative student feedback on the issuance of the complaint without consulting the AMS Council, and
WHEREAS
on Saturday, November 28 AMS Council held an emergency meeting at which resolutions for the withdrawal of the complaint and resignations of Blake Frederick and Timothy Chu passed unanimously with significant student-at-large support, and
WHEREAS
effective representation cannot exist without transparency and accountability, therefore

BIRT the Arts Undergraduate Society of the University of British Columbia – Vancouver support the AMS decision to withdraw the complaint with the United Nations, and
BIRFT
the Arts Undergraduate Society of the University of British Columbia – Vancouver support the AMS request for the resignation of both AMS President Blake Frederick and Vice President Timothy Chu, and 
BIRFT
the Arts Undergraduate Society of the University of British Columbia – Vancouver urge the AMS to conduct an internal review of procedures to ensure the reduced likelihood of such actions in the future.

Science Undergraduate Society

WHEREAS: AMS President Blake Frederick and AMS VP External Tim Chu were asked to resign by unanimous vote of AMS Council on 28 November 2009, and;
WHEREAS
AMS President Blake Fredrick and AMS VP External Tim Chu issued a statement on 30 November 2009 declining AMS councils’ request to resign, and;
WHEREAS AMS President Blake Fredrick and AMS VP External Tim Chu again declined to resign upon request at the 2 December 2009 AMS Council Meeting.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The SUS Council show its support for the AMS Council  decision, by sending a letter requesting that AMS President Blake Frederick and AMS VP External Tim Chu resign effective immediately.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT
: The SUS Council support measures to remove AMS President Blake Frederick and AMS VP External Tim Chu from office should either or both fail to resign, pending the outcome of the legal opinion from Davis & Co.  as requested by AMS Council on 2 December 2009.

Note: There is a special council meeting on Monday 7 Dec 2009 at 4pm in the SUB Council Chambers. On the agenda is a motion to pass AMS Bylaw (5)(3)(c)(i)(1) Recall of an AMS Executive Member by 2/3rds majority AMS Council Vote.
Note: The AMS Reps will vote in favour of this motion at the 7 Dec 2009 AMS Meeting if the Davis & Co. legal opinion states that AMS Bylaw (5)(3)(c)(i)(1) is a legally valid option and does not contravene any superseding acts.

WHEREAS AMS VP Finance Tom Dvorak and AMS VP Academic Johannes Rebane were the signing officers on the contract with Pivot Legal and their signatures validated the actions of AMS President Blake Frederick and AMS VP External Tim Chu, and;
WHEREAS at the 28 November 2009 AMS Council Meeting AMS VP Finance Tom Dvorak and AMS VP Academic Johannes Rebane apologized for their prior indiscretion, and accepted full responsibility for approving the funds for the AMS legal consultation with the Pivot Legal Society leading to the filing of a complaint to the UN.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, SUS Council suggest that AMS Council approve a measure of disciplinary action against AMS VP Finance Tom Dvorak and AMS VP Academic Johannes Rebane, commensurate with the gravity and severity of their negligence in signing a contract to pursue the UN Human Rights Complaint in contravention of AMS Tuition Policy.

NOTE: The disciplinary action taken does not mean recall or resignation; it can be a letter of warning.

Engineering Undergraduate Society

WHEREAS: AMS President Blake Frederick and AMS VP External Tim Chu were asked to resign by unanimous vote of AMS Council on November 28, 2009
BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The EUS strongly recommend that AMS President Blake Frederick and AMS VP External Tim Chu resign by December 7, 2009
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: The EUS support measures to remove AMS President Blake Frederick and AMS VP External Tim Chu from office should either or both fail to resign.
Carried Unanimously
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