All entries for November 2005

November 26, 2005

Union referenda results

Writing about web page

Just to let people know, the results of the three Union referenda are now in and are as follows:

Freshers' Period
Votes for – 1965 – 67.20%
Votes against – 739 – 25.27%
Abstentions – 220 – 7.52%
Total votes – 2924

Motion carried

Banning Smoking in the Students' Union

Votes for – 1734 – 57.76%
Votes against – 1129 – 37.61%
Abstentions – 139 – 4.63%
Total votes – 3002

Motion carried

This Union will take No Stance on the issue of abortion
Votes for – 1425 – 50.09%
Votes against – 969 – 34.06%
Abstentions – 451 – 15.85%
Total votes – 2845

Motion carried

An amazing turn-out there. I am slightly perplexed, though, about how people could abstain on whether we should have a no stance policy on abortion.

November 25, 2005

Emergency General Meeting of the Union

Writing about web page

Just a quick announcement that there will be an Emergency General Meeting of the Union next Tuesday at 7pm in the Ramphal Lecture Theatre to discuss the following:

  • Anti-Terrorism Legislation
  • Residential Internet Access
  • Ending Union-Wide Bans on Sponsorship and Advertising
  • Reviewing the Smoking Policy

If you have any views on any of those subjects, please come.

John Cross, the saga concludes

Follow-up to Union Democracy RIP from Luke's blog

Yesterday at Union Council, the whole sorry saga of the John Cross disciplinary from last year was finally put to bed when John Cross and Benny Spooner (the Chair of Council last year who resigned over the issue) were granted honorary life membership of the Union. Apart from the fact that both had earned honorary membership by putting a truly incredible amount of largely unrecognised work into the democratic side of the Union, it also goes some way to righting the wrong that was done when John was taken to disciplinary in the first place.

November 07, 2005

Blair announces abolition of elections

Writing about web page

As the government is obviously always right on every issue and knows better than everyone, our dear leader has decided to ban elections forthwith in order to counter the terrorist threat (well it could happen, the way things are going on).

November 05, 2005

Remember remember

I don't think there's much danger of anyone forgetting at the moment, what with all the fireworks over Coventry at the moment. It's like a battle-zone. Anyway, I have a rooted objection to celebrating the preservation of a despotic monarch four hundred years ago today.

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