background image

News Updates, Sept. 27

September 27, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is pleased to announce these three news stories.

Alma Mater Society (AMS) Publishes Physical Education Centre (PEC) Proposal

Earlier today, the AMS published its proposal for the re-opening of the PEC. This proposal,  which was formally presented to the Queen’s University administration in March of 2012, was supported by other campus partners.

This publication follows the AMS’ announcement on Tuesday that the PEC will be re-opening in December, providing much needed space for student activity. However, the AMS recognizes the re-opening of the PEC as a short-term solution to growing space needs on campus. We hope to further our involvement in long-term planning through our representation on the campus master plan advisory committee and we look forward to the broader consultation process that it requires.

The proposal, signed by all three AMS Executive members, can be viewed here.

Alma Mater Society (AMS) Delegation Attends ‘Kingston Day’ at Queen’s Park

The AMS was happy to have both the Municipal Affairs Commissioner (Troy Sherman) and the Academic Affairs Commissioner (Isabelle Duchaine) attend ‘Kingston Day’ at Queen’s Park this Tuesday, Sept. 25. The delegation included the Mayor, City Council, City administrators, and representatives from Kingston’s post-secondary institutions. Ms. Duchaine had productive discussions on post-secondary education with many of the members of the provincial parliament and provincial cabinet. Mr. Sherman took part in these same discussions, raising town-gown relations and student innovation as key issues. Mr. Sherman stated that "The AMS is very happy to take part in this new initiative. Students play an active role in building a vibrant community and I am happy to join our partners to talk about that contribution."

Municipal Affairs Commission Launches ‘University District Safety Audit’

This week, the AMS’ Municipal Affairs Commission initiated a University District Safety Audit, the aim of which is to identify areas within the University District that raise safety concerns. The groups conducting the audit are working in concert with Campus Security to survey the University District, taking note of poorly lit areas, obstructed sight lines, areas of congregation, and other factors that can jeopardize student safety. A final report from this audit will be presented to, and discussed at, the Campus Safety Working Group, the Quality of Life Working Group, as well as distributed to community partners such as the Kingston Police.

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, at comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.