AUS Positions for Dummies (or non-hacks)

As promised in my last post, here is a breakdown of what each AUS position (IMO) ACTUALLY does (this article will not contain any code citations, I’m highlighting the main points for each position from my experience):

I will do this in point form because I dislike reading blocks of text and will assume that you do too; if this is not the case you may let me know in the comments and I’ll create a block of text post just for you.


– sends out agendas for and chairs AUS council meetings
– chairs the AUS Executive Committee
– acts as a public face of the AUS
– is an Arts AMS Representative
– meetings, meetings, meetings

VP Internal:

– deals with AUS clubs; for those who don’t know the AUS has 19 departmental clubs; any Student Association representing a discipline for which you can acquire a major in counts as an AUS departmental club – this includes Math and Computer Science, both of which you can get a B.A. in (Alex cites that the same amount of people graduate annually with B.A.s in Math as graduate with B.A.s in Women and Gender Studies)
– VPI oversees the internal side of things (that is, within the AUS and its clubs)

VP External:

– VPX is the counterpart to VPI and oversees the external side of things (i.e. outside of the AUS)
– this includes inter-faculty liaison and dealing with external groups and collaborations
– VPX is also in charge of coordinating Arts Week (I won’t touch this one…)

VP Administration:

– deals with logistical things such as minutes, signing non-financial matters (such as liquor licenses), oversees MASS bookings
– for someone like me, this spells FUN FUN FUN with an extra dose of FUN! (I’m preeeetty sure I’d qualify for a DSM diagnosis of OCPD; for non-psych majors the DSM is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and OCPD is Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, and no it is NOT the same as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ask me in person to explain the difference if you’re interested…or Google it)

VP Finance:

– self-explanatory; does budgeting, financial contracts, club funding, etc.

VP Academic:

– ah, VPAca…it’s perhaps the most ambiguous position on council
– point of history: this is the first year we’ve had a VP Academic (also the first year we’ve had a VP Admin, for those interested); we used to have an Academic Coordinator, which was bumped up to an executive position
– essentially, deals with “academic things” and chairs the Academic Committee

General Officer:

– GOs apply for/are assigned portfolios (specific duties or tasks) at the AUS retreat in October
– GOs sit on Committees and help the AUS where needed; many notable AUSers started as GOs!

AMS Representative:

– represent Arts students on AMS Council

Arts Senator:

represent Arts students at the level of Senate (the highest academic governing body at UBC)

That’s all for now, I need to finish up a few things before heading to Jokers of the Scene with Longwalkshortdock at the Pit tonight! http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=354751451916&ref=nf

Love and kisses,



3 Responses to “AUS Positions for Dummies (or non-hacks)”

  1. 1 tay
    March 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Sooo didn’t know that you can get a BA in computer science!

    Good job, little C

  2. March 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    you can! I believe the Computer Science Students’ Association (if that is what they are called…I’m not sure) intends to have an AUS rep next year!

    and thanks 🙂 my next task is to figure out how to use more links/photos etc! luckily I’ve got a fairly light academic week next week!

  3. 3 istarbel
    March 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    i want a paragraph form…. not really

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