Weekly Update [Week 13]: Elections Committee formed, call for Constitutional Amendments

This week we wrapped up most of our projects and begin preparations for the next round of elections by forming the Elections committee.

Project Updates

From Academics, the Council has published a memo summarising student feedback gathered on the Science Common Curriculum via focus group discussions held in March 2016. This memo was sent to the faculty committee on 12 April and will serve to inform their decision-making and the final report the committee will produce. The memo can be accessed here: Memo on Science Common Curriculum Feedback

Applications for the Elections Committee closed last Friday (15 Apr) and the final committee was formed as follows:

  1. Scott Currie (Council convenor)
  2. Isaac Lee (Council convenor)
  3. Adrian Stymne (Arbiter)
  4. Angela Ferguson (Arbiter)
  5. Dave Chappell (Arbiter)
  6. Holly Apsley (Arbiter)
  7. Pragya Sethi (Arbiter)
  8. Wu Junn Kit (Arbiter)
  9. Yun Do Ung (Jonas) (Arbiter)

The Elections Committee will be meeting over the next two weeks to publish an Elections Code to be used during the upcoming elections.

The Council is preparing to propose and vote on amendments to the Constitution during our next meeting on 22 April (Friday), 6.15pm @ Saga Anteroom. These proposed amendments are based on our experience working with the Constitution, and are in preparation for the next Student Government. If you have thoughts on our proposed amendments (see link below for our current proposed amendments) and/ or suggestions for other possible amendments, you can submit your thoughts using the following form (http://goo.gl/forms/VhsCRSM2lt) or join us for our meeting.

Summary of Weekly Meeting

In the weekly meeting on Friday (15 Apr), the Council formed the Elections Committee and discussed the need-based stipend, which the Council approved in-principle. The need-based stipend will provide up to 5 members of the Student Council with a one-term scholarship of $500/- for their work in Student Council. The stipend recognises the time commitment necessary for Student Council members and the broad nature of the Council’s contribution to the student body as a whole. The stipend is not a salary, but financial support to allow students to serve when they might otherwise need to put that time into a paying job. The Judiciary will be considering the constitutionality of the need-based stipend over the coming week and provide comments.

Read a more detailed account of the meeting here: Weekly Meeting Minutes (15 Apr 2016)

Final Thoughts

With the semester and academic year winding down, so too is the term of this Council drawing to a close. As we wrap up our projects for the year and begin preparations for handing over to the next Government, it is timely that we pause to reflect: on what we have achieved, what we could have done better, and what we can do to ensure that our successors build upon what we have done to make the Government an even better representative of the student body. If you have any thoughts or reflections on any of the above, we would be happy to hear from you via our feedback form or email.

 

Regards,
Joceline Yong
Director of External Communications

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