Weekly Update [Week 11]: Mascot Ratification, Elections Committee, Graduation Committee

This week, the Council moved forward on many of its projects, and is enlisting students to join committees providing input on graduation and organise the upcoming elections.

Project Updates

From Student Life, the Kingfisher emerged as the top choice of the second round of mascot voting with 475 points, from results calculated with the weighted sum model. This, however, does not mean that the Kingfisher is now our official mascot. The Kingfisher will first need to be ratified as the choice of the student body, before it is submitted to senior administration and the governing board. Ratification will take place this coming Tuesday to Thursday (5-7 Apr).

In order to pass ratification, the Kingfisher will need to gain more than a 50% share of yes+no votes. Voters are able to abstain as well. The ratification will require 50% of the student body voting to reach quorum.

Kingfisher (1)

The Council is extending the time period for collection of feedback regarding CIPE in order to capture a more comprehensive and representative picture of student sentiments. Feedback can be provided on the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/kjT35Dswrj

On Thursday, representatives from the Student Government also met members of the administration (EVP Tan, Dean of Faculty Bailyn and others) to discuss the thinking behind the Latin Honours Classification and raise student concerns. Minutes of the meeting will be released early next week. Students can also attend the President’s Town Hall on Academic Affairs on 12 Apr (Tue), 8pm.

Open Calls for Volunteers

The administration is looking to form a taskforce for graduation that will provide student input to the Graduation Committee, chaired by EVP Doris. The taskforce will meet every 2-3 weeks on campus during the summer. Meetings are to be held in evenings. Some of the decisions to be deliberated might include colour of graduation robes and what the Yale-NUS College Graduation Certificate would look like.

Interested students may apply to join the taskforce at http://tinyurl.com/yncgradcomm. Applications close 8 Apr (Fri), 5pm. Do note that preference may be given to Class of 2017.

As the semester is wrapping up, so too is this Council’s term. Per the mandate of the Constitution, the Council must form the outgoing Elections Committee. This committee will comprise 2 outgoing Council members acting as conveners, as well as 7 impartial arbiters from the student body, chosen from a pool of applicants and using quotas on RC and class.

Arbiters of the Elections Committee will help hold, coordinate, and facilitate the election process of the Council and President, as well as formation of the Judiciary for AY 2017/18. Arbiters may not be be a candidate in the election, and must be present and available (when school is in session) from the second week of April to the election of the President in September 2016.

Interested students may apply to join the Elections Committee as arbiters at http://goo.gl/forms/QMiZlGVd63. Applications close 8 Apr (Fri), 5pm.

Summary of Weekly Meeting

In the weekly meeting on Friday (1 Apr), in light of the recent Judicial complaint made against the Elections Committee of AY 2015/2016 Semester 2, the Council identified some areas of improvement with regards to timeline, publicity and contingency measures, and moved to prepare a proposal of recommendations for the next Elections Committee.

There was also significant discussion on the role of the Student Council in the selection of students for Student Advisory Committees. Given that such groups provide significant feedback and assistance to the other offices like CIPE and DoS, the Student Council considered that a more proactive approach could be taken to ensure how SAG/ SACs can be representative and accountable to students. More liaising with the Offices will occur over the coming weeks to facilitate this discussion.

Read a more detailed account of the meeting here: Weekly Meeting Minutes (1 Apr 2016)

Final Thoughts

With the end of the semester fast approaching, the demands on students will only grow with performing arts groups putting up shows, suite arrangements and module selection for next semester being made, and of course, final papers and exams looming. On behalf of the Council, here is a gentle reminder to make time for balance and self-care, even amidst the whirlwind of these few weeks 🙂

 

Regards,
Joceline Yong
Director of External Communications

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