OULC introduce gender-balanced electoral college

first_imgThe motion was also criticised for giving women an unfair advantage in the democratic process. Alastair Holder-Ross, a member of the OULC, said, “I think it’s incredibly important to promote women’s roles within the club and support Helena Dollimore especially in all she has done to that end. However, I think sacrificing fundamental democratic principles is not the best way to serve the cause of gender equality. The amendment does not deal with the causes of the gender imbalance within the club, even if its intentions are noble.”Rebecca Grant, OULC Women’s Officer who proposed the motion, said, “It does indeed give women a disproportionate advantage – this is the aim of the motion. The turnout of women is a sustained and serious problem which needs to be tackled. One of the best things about the motion is that it adapts as its aims are fulfilled; if more women are encouraged to attend meetings, the relative weight of each vote will go down.“We have to remember that men have always had, and continue to have, a ‘disproportionate advantage’, and positive and decisive action is needed to redress the balance. It seems odd to be worried about privileging women when women make up less than 20% of the Labour club executive, on average.”The amendment was passed in a Constitutional Convention on the 6th constitution. OULC were required to reform their constitution after a decision was made by the University Proctors to set a standard for all university-affiliated societies. This raised concerns about how the amendment was to be repealed and whether it needed to be passed on two separate occasions.Other criticism included the fact that the email detailing the Electoral College motion was sent only 2 1⁄2 hours before the meeting. In response, Grant claimed, “The circulation of the motion prior to the meeting was entirely in line with constitutional requirements. Some other constitutional amendments, such as proxy voting, were introduced and passed at the meeting with no notice at all given beforehand.”Nick Hilton, a member of the OULC, commented to Cherwell, “Imposing a uniform constitution on Oxford University societies and clubs has worrying implications for their autonomy. The new OULC constitution has been rushed through in order to meet a deadline, mainly so that we can retain the ‘U’ in our name and get a discount on our Fresher’s Fair stall. The proctors are trying to avoid societies embarrassing the University, to which they are affiliated, and, by doing so, control their operations. I think this is a significant and deliberate overreach of their authority.”A University spokesperson said, “Clubs registered with the Proctors are required to follow the rules laid out in the constitution. This is the implementation of a decision of the Rules Committee which took effect from October 2013 with an academic year’s grace period for existing clubs. The Proctors’ Office is happy to advise individual clubs on specific issues as necessary and to listen to feedback on the constitution. A review of the general oversight of clubs has been agreed and will commence shortly.” The Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has passed a constitutional amendment introducing gender-balanced electoral colleges that allocate 50% of the voting power in executive elections to people who do not self-identify as men.In Termly General Meetings, when the executive committee is elected, voters are now divided into two electoral colleges: those who self-identify as men and those who do not.Each electoral college receives equal weight when voting. Anna Coombes, Women’s Officer Elect for OULC, said, “The motion passed with considerable support, with only one vote in opposition and two abstentions. The main concern raised at the meeting was concerning one person, one vote.“However, the policy does not act to remove this, as each voter still casts only one vote. The idea of the policy is that the women’s voice within the group carries the same weight as the men’s. This does indeed mean giving women an advantage, but we (women in attendance of the Women’s Working Group where the motion was first discussed) felt that such action was necessary in order to address the considerable imbalance that currently prevails within the club.“Considering that women make up over half of OULC’s membership it is undemocratic and unacceptable that women consistently make up such a small proportion of the executive.“Looking at this, there is no doubt that there is a problem of womens’ turnout within OULC. This is not due to a lack of trying; the motion was proposed as a last resort after many other initiatives have been tried.”Representation of women on the OULC executive committee averages at below 20%. In Hilary Term a Women’s Working Group was set up in order to devise measures to tackle the low levels of participation and representation of women in OULC. One student pointed out that, judging by past turnout to Termly General Meetings, women could have 5 times the voting power of the men present.last_img read more

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Batesville Fire & Rescue Adds Three Firefighters

first_imgBatesville, IN—Fire Chief Todd Schutte is pleased to announce Batesville Fire & Rescue has hired three full-time firefighters/EMT’s.Firefighter Michael Orlando, 21, of Manchester, has experience working as a part-time EMT with several agencies including Batesville, Cheviot, Delhi, and Lawrenceburg Speedway.Chris Decker, 29, of Batesville, began his firefighting career as a cadet with Sunman Rural Fire Department and has spent the past several years in the Air Force as a firefighter.Lucas Garvey, 21, of Sunman, has been a member of Sunman Rural Fire Department and Rescue 20 since he was 18 years old.The firefighters successfully completed an extensive hiring process and have the necessary Firefighter II and EMT-B certifications.last_img read more

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WHS Daily Bulletin: Football banquet to be held Monday at 7 p.m.

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Nov. 20, 2015:Nothing scheduled for this week.Today’s Lunch — Pork Rib with Bun, Shredded Romaine and Tri-Tater, Golden Corn, Chilled Pears, Tortilla Chips and Milk.Monday’s Lunch — Chili, Tortilla Chips, Fresh Veggies, Cinnamon Roll, Pears, Baby Carrots and Milk.Today’s News: * Volleyball Girls: You need to turn in your uniforms by the end of the week next week! You can give them to Ms. Hickman.*FFA Fruit and Meat orders are due TODAY!!*Football players- Don’t forget about the football banquet on Monday at 7:00 in the commons. Bring a dessert.*November 30th during lunches a representative from Barbizon Modeling Agency will be here. Scholarships are available through this agency to assist students with college tuition.*Attention Wellington High students! Do you enjoy photography?  Are you a great photographer?  A photography contest is taking place now!  The subject of your photographs can be anything that screams Wellington. Photos must be taken by you this semester.  File size must be at least 16 x 20 inches and cannot be taken with a camera phone. Only 3 entries per person.  Winners photos will be printed and used to decorate USD 353 central offices.  Deadline is Dec 20!  There will be cash prizes! Please submit digital files to Mrs. Groom.*If you’re still planning on taking the CNA class in the Spring, you will be getting a CAPPS form from Mrs. Hatfield. Please fill out the form and enroll in the CNA class online at cowley.edu. After you enroll online, drop your CAPPS form off in the counselor’s office.*SUP Crusaders! Starting this week, in light of Bill Cordes’ talk on School Unity we are doing a 5-day challenge.  On the school unity bulletin board in the commons, there will be a list of all the challenges.  When you complete a challenge, put a small tally mark under the challenge on the sheet of paper.  Complete as many as you can over the course of the week.  There will be sticky notes at the bottom to leave any comments you may have about your experience.  Also, upload your pictures and comments to any social media with the hashtag #SUPCrusaders or #SUPWHSBillCordes*NHS is hosting the winter formal dance on December 4th- 8:30 pm to 11pm. Admission is $5 , or you can bring 5 non perishable items.Fun Fact of the Day:Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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