AMS Assembly Sept. 24 recap

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First meeting of the semester holds a moment of silence

AMS Assembly Recap
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The first AMS Assembly of the 2015 fall semester, which took place in McLaughlin Room at 7 p.m., started with AMS President, Kanivanan Chinniah, ArtSci ’15, holding a moment of silence for two students who passed away this year.
 
The assembly held a moment of silence for Andrea Mariano, the first-year student who passed away last week, and Shane Klein, a recent graduate from the Queen’s School of Medicine who passed away during the summer.
 
Queen’s historian Duncan L. McDowall was the guest speaker at the assembly. He presented the group with memorabilia from his time as a student at Queen’s.
 
New members ratified 
 
The agenda included a long list of ratifications. Most notably, Sarah Letersky, ArtSci ’16, was ratified as Vice President (University Affairs). Letersky, who began as the AMS Human Resources Officer in May, was appointed to the position last month following the resignation of former Vice President (University Affairs) Catherine Wright. Mackenzie Jackson, ArtSci ’17, will replace her as the AMS Human Resources Officer.
Other individuals who were ratified included:
• Ryan Anderson — Judicial Affairs Deputy (2015-2016)
• Aaron Rosenstein — Judicial Affairs Deputy (2015-2016)
• Meryl Morant — Judicial Affairs Deputy (2015-2016)
• Felix Goetz — Judicial Affairs Deputy (2015-2016)
• Jasmit de Saffel — Judicial Affairs Clerk (2015-2016)*
• Matthew Vrbanak — Chief Student Constable (2015-2016)
 
Housing Grievance Centre
 
Motion 16 — Housing Grievance Centre — Passed.
 
The Housing and Grievance Centre will now be referred to as the Housing Resource Centre. The change comes as an attempt to associate the service with the rebranding of the University District.
 
Pass/Fail Credit
 
The implementation of a Pass/Fail Credit or “experiential credit” was one of the items on the AMS executive’s platform. Planning has begun with the help of ASUS President Brandon Jamieson and Vice-President Andrew DiCapua and Read Leask, the AMS academic affairs commissioner, with the hope that the program will come into effect as soon as next academic year. 
 
ReUnion Street Festival
 
According to the president’s report, a 
band has been secured for the concert. Chinniah reported that they’re now in the final stages of drafting an agreement between the AMS, the University and the City 
of Kingston.
 
*Note: Jasmit de Saffel, who was ratified as a Judicial Affairs Clerk, also works at The Journal as the Office Administrator. 

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