Weekly Update [Week 7]: Launch of Mascot Selection, Directors’ Office Hours

Returning back to school refreshed following Spring Break, the Student Council has been hard at work getting numerous projects off the ground, as well as putting in place various internal systems and procedures.

Project Updates

The biggest update for this week comes from Student Life, which will be kickstarting the process of choosing a mascot for the school. The process began this weekend with calls for nominations opening at www.tinyurl.com/YNCMascot. Both students and faculty can submit nominations until next Sunday, 13 March, 11.59pm. Here is the full timeline of the mascot selection process:

Mascot Timeline poster

Answers to other commonly asked questions can be found here: Mascot FAQs.

In other news, Directors of the various portfolios will be holding regular Office Hours starting next week at the Saga Dining Hall. Their Office Hours schedule is as follows:

Office Hours

Finally, selections for Standing Committees (via random selection and adjusted for demographics) were conducted during the weekly meeting on Friday (4 Mar). Our Standing Committees are as follows: Standing Committee Selection Results

Summary of Weekly Meeting

In the weekly meeting on Friday (4 Mar), the Council decided on a timeline for the ratification of a college mascot by the end of the semester, AY2015-16 Sem 2. Students and faculty will be allowed to nominate mascot options and will be provided avenues to debate the mascot choice in a General Assembly and an online forum. Both students and faculty will be allowed one vote each, but only students will have a vote in the final ratification.

Director of External Communications, Joceline, will focus efforts on the website and Facebook page, while collecting feedback through an online form, office hours, and email. Directors of Student Life, Academics, Student Orgs and Budget will have weekly mealtime sessions in the Saga Dining Hall where students can give feedback in-person.

The Government is still awaiting a reply from Ambassador Chan since an invitation was sent for her to speak on campus, and has contacted EVP Tan Tai Yong for assistance in scheduling the event.

Read a more detailed account of the meeting here: Weekly Meeting Minutes (4 March 2016)

Final Thoughts

The term of this Council may be short, but we fully intend to make it an effective and productive term. To that end, we are keen to receive thoughts, concerns & feedback on all matters relevant to the school community. If you would like to speak with members of our Council on specific issues, reach out to the relevant Director during their office hours.

Member Roles

Alternatively, you can also submit your feedback via our feedback form at www.studentgov.commons.yale-nus.edu.sg/give-us-feedback, or send an email to yncstudentgov@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to submit your nominations for mascot before next Sunday, and here’s wishing everyone a great week ahead!

 

Regards,
Joceline Yong
Director of External Communications

CONFIRMATION OF DIRECTORSHIPS & ROLES

The newly formed student government had our first meeting tonight following the recent election of Regina as our President and Scott as our Vice President. We also confirmed our directorship roles tonight as follows:

(back row, from left)
Ross: Director of Academics
Adam: Director of Student Orgs (Athletics)
Keith: Director of Budget
Meredith: Speaker
Dee: Director of Student Life
Isaac: Director of Logistics
Scott: Vice President

(front row, from left)
Izzy: Director of Student Orgs (Clubs & Societies)
Regina: President
Jocie: Director of External Communications
Annette: Director of Events

(absent from photo)
Aadit: Deputy Director of Student Life

The minutes from tonight’s meeting will be uploaded onto the website within the next 72 hours. All members of the Student Government will be working hard over Spring Break to get the wheels rolling on the various responsibilities and projects required of us in our new roles, and we look forward to a strong term ahead. Wishing everyone a restful & fulfilling Spring Break! smile emoticon

Minutes 12 February 2016

Summary: The G Spot shared that they had collated rough results from their survey and met with Dean Bridges. They also shared that Ambassador Chan has agreed to come down for a closed-door dialogue regarding human rights in Singapore. The G Spot will decide during their meeting next Monday regarding whether/ how much of the issue they will be passing on to the Student Government. Meredith and Izzy will attend G Spot’s meeting next Monday as Student Government representatives.

Minutes 12 February 2016

TEDxPickeringStreet

The Yale-NUS Student Government was recently contacted by the organisers of TEDxPickeringStreet wondering whether Yale-NUS students and student organisations would be interested in participating, as volunteers, team members or speakers. The theme is ‘Ways of Life.’

If this is something that interests you or your organisation, please contact Ri Chang (the organiser):
96559952
winds.that.whisper@gmail.com

Yale-NUS takes next step toward getting a mascot

On Wednesday 25 November the Student Government met with President Lewis and EVPs Doris Sohmen-Pao and Kristen Lynas to present the results of the YNC Pride Survey. At this meeting the senior members of the administration voted to continue with the winning option of the mascot survey, the East/West Fusion Dragon, on the condition that the designer make it simple, iconic and easily reproducible.

Following this vote, Public Affairs will begin tendering for designers while the Student Government will hold a ratification process at the start of the next semester to ensure a mandate for the mascot.

The final ranking of the mascots (as per the 264 respondents) were as follows:

  1. Dragon (East/West Fusion)
  2. Chow Chow
  3. Griffin
  4. Sichuan Golden Monkeys
  5. Rhodesian Ridgebacks
  6. Falcons
  7. Pangolin
  8. Mouse Deer
  9. Bull-Lion
  10. Dragon (Eastern)
  11. Manticore
  12. Platypus
  13. Humans

The slides from the presentation can be found here: Mascot Presentation

Concept illustration (Credit: Victoria Kalinina and Dave Chappell)

Concept illustration (Credit: Victoria Kalinina and Dave Chappell)

Yale-NUS Prepares to Ratify New Student Government Constitution

After 50 hours worth of meetings, Yale-NUS College is finally ready to ratify its brand new constitution, following its a semester long review.Student Government Endorsement of the draft Constitution

During the meal times (8-10AM, 11:30AM-1:30PM, 6-8PM) on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November students will be able to vote on whether or not Yale-NUS needs a student government and what form such a government should take. Members of the public can come to the dining hall anterooms during this time to cast their vote or contact the constitution review committee if they are unable to attend or on study abroad.

This follows the public comment period, during which students were able to submit amendments to the draft constitution. Students may view and vote on the amendments made in Student Government’s Direct Democracy Section.

Ahead of the ratification, the inaugural Student Government released an endorsement of the new constitution and the new changes it brings.

The committee also released voting guidelines ahead of the ratification and the The Yale-NUS College Student Government Constitution (Final Draft 24 November 2015).

Direct Democracy Vote on Constitution Review Committee Amendments (21/11/15)

On Saturday 21 November the Constitution Review Committee met to discuss the Amendments submitted during the two week public comment period. The committee to modify the constitution in the following ways:

Article 3 Section 8 Clause 5f (modification). Hold open meetings of the budget committee, except when making final decisions regarding the budget of the student organisations. For meetings in which final decisions on the budget of student organisations are made, minutes will be made public after the meeting has ended;
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 3 Section 8 Clause 7b (modification). Seek out opportunities to establish relationships with parties external to Yale-NUS College, including College alumni and other universities,
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 3 Section 11 Liaisons (modification). Section 11: Liaisons The Council shall, by a ⅔ vote of its members, appoint liaisons to organisations and constituent bodies of the College. Any member of the Council, with the exception of the President, Vice President, and Speaker, may be appointed as a liaison, regardless of other duties or positions. The Council shall appoint individuals to liaise with each of the following groups one the College. 1, Each Residential College; 2. Athletics; 3. Arts; 4. The Centre for International and Professional Experience; 5. Educational Resources and Technology.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
​[1:56] Article 3 Section 8 (modification). Section 8: Directors The Directors are the heads of the portfolios within the Council; including the seven portfolios mandated by the Constitution and any additional Portfolios the President creates. The Directors shall oversee and advocate for students’ interests in their respective portfolios, give regular reports to the President and Council at large, and form, oversee, and disband committees. There will be a Director, and may be co-Directors of:
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 4 Section 3 Clause 3c (modification). For the Budget Committee, which allocates funding to Student Organisations, have mixed membership. Half will be current members of Council, half outgoing and then adjusted for demographics. A member from the Dean of Students Office will also sit on this Committee. This committee will sit for the entire fiscal year, instead of the Council’s term of office;
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article V Section 8 (addition): Communication with Office of the Dean of Students: Should the Judiciary have knowledge that a matter it is investigating is in violation of the Yale-NUS College guidelines or the laws of the Republic of Singapore, the Judiciary shall refer the matter in its entirety to the Dean of Students promptly. The said laws and guidelines include but are not limited to: a. Non-academic uncivil behaviours, b. College policies on sexual misconduct, c. Community standards for student organisations, d. Residential Policy Guidelines, e. Any offence under the Criminal Law of the Republic of Singapore.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article VI Section 2 1e (addition): Limiting the number of consecutive terms for any student to hold the position of President to two;
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 3 Section 5c (addition): No Council member may remain in office as President for more than two consecutive terms.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article 9, Section 6, Clause 1 (modification): If any member of the Council objects to executing a Council decision on any grounds, the said member will submit a letter to the Council within a week providing a reason for refusing to execute the decision;
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article X section 3, “petition” (modification). A motion initiated by a member of the student body to enact or overturn Government action. For required percentage of signatories consult Schedule 3.1
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
Article VI (modification) - Significant Changes that allow for Elections to start in the Fall Semester.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain

These decisions will now be open to voting via the Student Government Direct Democracy Platform.

Constitution Review Committee Meeting 21 November 2015