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Student senate proposes new constitution, adds club coordination council secretary

first_imgStudent senate passed motions proposing a new constitution and creating a secretary position in club coordination council Wednesday.The order proposing the new Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body will not affect the way senate operates.Sophomore William Huffman, senator for Stanford Hall, asked junior parliamentarian Colin Brankin about how the new constitution will affect the running of senate.“Like actual, practical [changes]?” Brankin said. “Nothing. Not really anything.”The changes in the new constitution have been passed over the course of the year, including a provision to make quorum a consistent 2/3 among all of student government and changes to formatting throughout the constitution.“The problem with the old constitution is that a lot is kind of jumbled up,” Brankin said. “Now … there’s consistency so you can easily read the constitution. And a lot of the archaic language is cleared up to make more sense.”The new constitution passed with one opposition and one abstention.The proxy for O’Neill Hall, freshman Jake Marcionette, was the only vote against its passage. Marcionette was filling in for junior O’Neill senator Sebastian Lopez.Eduardo Luna, sophomore senator from Knott Hall, abstained from the vote.After the order passed, Luna asked for clarification about the function of the “power of the purse” as stated in the constitution.Brankin, senior Judicial Council president Matt Ross and senior student body vice president Sibonay Shewit explained how the budget is allocated.“There’s a section of the Committee on the Budget whose responsibility it is to approve the allocation [of the budget],” Ross said.“Each branch has a representative,” Brankin said. “All the leaders of the organizations are there to approve these budgets. That’s how it’s been, always.”Luna asked if senate has a budget.“Yeah,” Shewit said. “That’s how we pay for Jimmy John’s and apparel.”Luna then yielded his time, saying he was “just keeping you guys in check.”Senior and Club Coordination Council president King Fok presented a proposition to create the position of club coordination council secretary.“Right now there’s no secretary and the controller’s been taking the minutes, but that’s been really difficult,” Fok said. “He’s supposed to be managing all of the clubs’ finances.”The order passed with one opposition and no abstentions.Marcionette was again the only opposition. He said Lopez, O’Neill Hall’s usual senator, did not instruct him to oppose every order.Sophomore Breen-Phillips Hall senator Eve Takazawa announced that there will be a presentation to the student senate by an administrator March 21 regarding the housing policy.“They’re working on a waiver system and they’ve had discussions with the student advisory board so far,” Takazawa said.The senators spent the rest of the meeting in committee time. Student senate meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center.Tags: Club Coordination Council, Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, student senatelast_img read more

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Tightrope Enterprises

first_imgPosted on April 4, 2011June 20, 2017By: Julianne Parker, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Julianne Parker, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Managing any type of social enterprise is truly a tightrope act: you have to find this perfect balance between implementing effective programming, while also keeping yourself afloat administratively. Working with Lua Nova for the last six months has shown me the various strategies organizations in this precarious position use to make sure such a balance is met. I am consistently overwhelmed by the energy and dedication it takes to ensure that both sides of this equation are successful: to not only guarantee that the model for your enterprise is sustainable, but also to ensure that the needs of your target audience are being met.One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome is simply a question of human resources: successful social enterprises rely on a dedicated and effective staff network, but retaining that staff in a consistent and drama-free manner can prove nearly impossible. Unfortunately I have seen first-hand the ebbs and flow in staff problems here at Lua Nova the last months and the way such challenges hurt the effectiveness of the organization’s programming. At the same time, I’ve been so encouraged in this last month particularly as the organization has adopted a strong strategic focus on forming new sustainable partnerships, both institutional and personal, to ensure that all the fantastic programs Lua Nova offers to adolescent mothers can go forward.For example, rather than retaining one or two full-time and expensive staff to cover key sectors like income generation, Lua Nova is switching to a team model, partnering with local businesses and other individuals to come in and cover specific aspects of income generation: skills training, management, marketing, etc. In this way, there is a practical outreach to the private sector, the programming doesn’t suffer from employee burn-out, and there is a great diversification in the programming to maintain the interest and activity of the girls involved.My own role has thus been hugely strengthened, and I couldn’t be happier. Among other things, I’m now working with a few new partners to try and help strengthen the arts center here at Lua Nova through various small income-generation projects using the skills of sewing and craft. A few blogposts ago I lamented the challenges I faced in invigorating the will (vontade) of the girls at Lua Nova to participate in this arts-cum-income-generation project. I was struggling to manage everything on my own, when I lacked certain key skills (knowing how to operate a sewing machine as number one!) to make the project really take off. Now, with new partners involved, I can focus on the aspects that work best for me and my skill-set (designing therapeutic activities for the girls to get them to understand the “why” of what we are doing), while I can rely on others to teach sewing classes or design a marketing strategy for selling the finished products.This type of innovative partnering is incredibly exciting, and I am so eager to continue on in my last three months in Brazil, contributing to Lua Nova where I can, while learning bucket loads to contribute to whatever ventures I pursue after June.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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