AMS Health & Dental Plan to Change


The AMS announced at a press conference Monday, September 15 an epidemic sweeping the campus and a change in the student health care plan in response. This announcement came during the ‘opt-out’ stage of the AMS Health and Dental Plan. It is rumoured that this year has seen a 27% increase in students choosing to use alternative plans. Golden Words sources that will remain unnamed speculate that this announcement is a stunt to regain funds that are largely redirected into groups such as the AMS Christmas Party and spring break fund, but this remains unproven. The following is the direct quote from Monday night:
“Thank you one and all for coming out and listening. Tonight we announce an important discovery concerning campus that may have an impact on many students and faculty. Random testing on squirrels has revealed that many are suffering from rabies and could pose a threat to any and all people. Please do not take alarm, the AMS along with the city of Kingston are taking steps to address the problem.
Firstly, the AMS Health Coverage will now completely cover rabies shots. Do not be alarmed if you have changed your coverage for the year, by going to you may revoke the change or so to speak “opt-in”. KGH is also stocking up on rabies shots to face a potential demand.
Secondly, information sessions will be held in the JDUC on Tuesday and Thursday every hour on the hour starting at 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. These sessions will be aimed towards students in order to clarify the dangers and help students with risk management. Information will also be provided on the AMS website.
Thirdly, blue lights around campus are having a squirrel alert added to the system. If you see a squirrel and think it has rabies, hitting the squirrel alert at a blue light will call a task force to your location.
And fourthly, squirrel traps will be placed throughout campus by the City of Kingston. I kindly remind all of you to remain calm, attend class as normal and keep your distance from all squirrels.”
The AMS speaker also divulged some specifics including the creation of a map to be used for route planning in and around campus. “The goal of the map is to help individuals recognize high risk rabies areas and plan safer alternative routes. An extreme high risk area around Morris Hall has been issued. The albino squirrel that lives near there has attacked and transmitted rabies to a student, but is currently at large. The student in question is unable to give a comment. Any sightings of the Albino squirrel should immediately result in calling the squirrel hotline, 1-80-SQUIRREL, or by using the squirrel alert feature. The map is a valuable asset to everyone on Campus.” Golden Words sources have been unable to confirm any cases of rabies in people or rodents and would urge students to consider carefully their health coverage choice.