January 19, 2006

Council 19/01/06

Disclaimer: This is not the official record of the happenings of council, that is known as 'the minutes', and can be found on the Unions website

I missed the first half hour of council, so if anyone wants to add to this post, please send me an email, with what happened, otherwise I'll fill everything in from the minutes.

I caught the end of questions, where one was asked that particularly resonated with council. As I'm trying to remain objective on this blog, you can read my comments on my blog, listed in track-backs. All the policies due for lapse, were kept on the policy drive, with some of them being 'beefed up' slightly, so the union basically supports:

  • The Campaign Against the Arms Trade.
  • The removal/disclosure of 'Hidden course costs'.
  • FAIRTRADE products in the Union.
  • Refusal of Sponsorship from Tobacco Companies.

The Union confirmed the decision that Exec took, and supported, the consultation document by WASS. An amendment was proposed to remove the Union's support, to make it clear that the Union doesn't positively discriminate. But the amendment was rejected in a vote 26/24, then the real policy went through clearly.

The Union confirmed its view of 'No Confidence' in the National Student Survey. It was explained to councillors that the survey was almost pointless as the data was collected and collated in such a way that to infer any meaning would be questionable.

Clear policy was set out for the upcoming emergence of 'TV dinners', the plan is to show TV from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, changing current policy. The policy was given a warm reception and voted through quickly.

A policy of preventing Union events on religious holidays was passed, the exact details of which can be found on the Union's website, but basically the Union will try to schedule events around religious holidays so that more people can attend.

That was all the motions and at this point people were leaving, Quorum was in jeopardy!

The first two resolutions were passed, so the Elections Group vs Warwick Boar saga continues, but they seem to have met each other half way. The second resolution was some general housekeeping and so nothing really changed, but it did, read the document if you really want to know!

Unfortunately at this point the meeting fell inquorate, so all the other resolutions were deferred until the next meeting, week six.

More to come soon, when I'm less tired, feel free to comment.

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