JOIN us for our live blog of the Aberystwyth Student Union AGM.
The event is starting at 6pm on Monday 5th December in the Main Room of the Union.
You can find the details of the meeting including the agenda here.
Welcome to our live blog for the AberSU AGM happening in the Main Room of the Union.
Free pizza = happysean
Very good turnout tonight, the room is virtually full and there’s still a large queue to get in the door!
Due to start in 9 minutes, massive queue at the door I don’t know whether this will delay things.
Sean is wearing a fantastic festive jumper to live blog in elfie
And the team news is in…….
Legal Capacity of the room is being discussed and everything I haven’t seen the SU this busy since Halloween 2013…
Additional chairs are now being brought in to help seat the large numbers of people.
We should be starting in the next 5 to 10 minutes.
Don’t forget to pick up a voting card
People are running around…
Here’s rules on Voting Cards: 2 Voting cards per society, also part time officers and academic reps are entitled to them.
The AGM will be starting in the next two minutes.
lovesus loveabersu are the official hashtags for this evening.
We was told it would start in 2 minutes time, 3 minutes ago…
Ross (Chairman) is kicking things off explaining it’s great to see so many people here.
If you want to see what we’re talking about tonight the agenda can be found on the Aberystwyth Student Union website.
There could be votes to get people evicted if people are nasty, this is like Big Brother.
Lauren (President) is talking now. The trustee report is up first on her list of things to discuss.
Lauren is chair person of the trustee board by default as she is President.
Lauren is explaining that last year the Union lost a lot of money and this led to a lot of important decisions being explained such as the University taking over the finance of the bar and shop.
Everybody applauded that section from Lauren and I nearly spilt my drink.
Lauren is taking questions and feed back about the unions accounts, you can ask questions via the student union website
Lauren explains that the Union is currently affiliated to the NUS (including NUS Wales), BUCS, NASMA, Advice UK and ACEVO.
Lauren has given people an opportunity to ask questions about trustee’s in relation to accounts, no questions are asked.
Everybody agrees that Lauren said everything appropriate and correct therefore it is passed, well apart from 2 people who are clearly after attention.
There has been an emergency idea submitted regarding the University’s network ban on Yik Yak.
This could cause controversy stand by….
Emergency Idea- The Yik Yak Ban – Should it be banned?
Should this ban be a more symbolic ban as there are other ways round to the app and cyber bullying is already everywhere.We shouldn’t let the minority spoil it for the majority. Ask the university to relief the ban of using Yik Yak. Points said by proposer Ieuan Joy.
For any of those interested JANET (Joint Academic Network Policy) states 10. ‘Creation or transmission of material with the intent to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.’ That is obviously up for interpretation and is not clear if this covers YikYak.
For any of those interested JANET (Joint Academic Network Policy) states “10. ‘Creation or transmission of material with the intent to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.'” That is obviously up for interpretation and is not clear if this covers YikYak
I went to clap at the wrong point…
Emergency Idea- The Yik Yak Ban – Should it be banned?
Left university because of being a victim of cyber bullying over Yik Yak. Lead to bullying into person life. Effected a society in a bad way due to rumours of drug and sexual abuse made over Yik Yak. Yik Yak has made 5 students face arrest, and a court order, Yik Yak needs to be suspended. – Comments made by opposer Pasi Chi
Alex Hubbard says that the motion should fail as he pleads that the university has a duty to stop student bullying.
The debate will start in 2 mins
Lauren has bought me a pint, I like our president! (Please note that this was not in a bribery way, but in a standard round procedure.)
Naomi Cutler speaks and reads the current statement about why Aberystwyth Students Union supports the block of YikYak: 1)SU does not support bullying or hate crime. 2)The ban does not block freedom of speech as it only on Eduroam. 3)YikYak breaches JANET (Joint Academic Network Policy.)
I have just got up an asked a question to the proposer of the motion however it turns out its a statement. ‘IP addresses can be spoofed’ I may have fell over on my walk up to the centre stage to which I received a round of applause.
Counts for the motion of YikYak back are being counted, this is going to be close.
There has had to be a recount… my arm hurts!
It has been voted that the temporary Yik Yak ban should be repealed
Please note it has only been voted that the Students Union will inform the University that they want the temporary ban lifted. The university can still keep the ban in place.
Emergency motion; debate between Sean, Kieran and Lauren (President of SU) what would you refer to a forward roll as: a gambol or a roly-poly?
IDEA 1- Aberystwyth Student Union should encourage Aberystwyth University to divest from fossil fuels.
“92% said we should divest in fossil fuels taken from a survey around the university.”- Iolo Kars Jones
No opposer or amendments
Motion has been passed
IDEA 2- Encourage the University to use renewable energy, such as solar energy.
We are now discussing the motion of ‘The use of of energy union/university uses’, there is an amendment of an amendment, so basically the final thing reads ‘To encourage the university to use solar panels as the main source of energy….’
Someone is actually proposing an amendment to the amendment of the amendment, I am not joking… she needs to hurry up and raise her point though.
“I’m not being a d**k” Lauren Marks
IDEA 3 – Aberystwyth Student Union should encourage the University to become a fair pay campus.
A motion was passed to move discussion of IDEA 2 to the end of the meeting, when the 3rd amendment to the motion has been more clearly defined.
As a result of the motion to delay the vote on IDEA 2, we’re still only a quarter of the way through the Council Ideas.
No amendments or opposition arguments have been made for IDEA 3.
The motion for IDEA 3 has been passed, almost unanimously.
IDEA 4 is ‘Sexual Harassment Policy’ amendments.
There is an attempt to amend the motion however it is amending the policy rather than the motion.
We are currently contemplating the motion amongst ourselves.
Lauren is now giving a summary of the motion.
The motion passes.
We are discussing idea 5: ‘A mentoring system, in which students in which students of any year could be assigned a peer-mentor.’
Idea 5 passes.
Lauren is proposing IDEA 6 : ‘Simplifying our Council Meetings Policy’
Issues including clarification of roles, simplifying order of business (from 20 to 9 items.), including removing of proposition of amendments in amendments (I wish that in place today.)
IDEA 7- Update our elections bye-laws
Lauren is currently discussing the IDEA.
The IDEA includes a new complaints and appeals concept.
I’m currently sharing top bantz with Ryan.
The motion passes
We are back with IDEA 2 aka the amendment of the amendment of the amendment. Does anybody have a clue what is going on I’m unsure..
Another amendment I am not even joking…
It’s kicking off….
An amendment has been passed. Consequently the document is being amended to show the amendment.
The amended proposition has passed.
Lauren is saying her officer report of what she has currently achieved this year as president
Summary of points Lauren has given so far: Stefan’s honorary degree, launch of stefansocks (including over £1200 raised for MIND Aberystwyth), future plans including stefansocks webpage message in a bauble campaign. Will post the full list at a later date once Lauren has given to us. Lauren ends with if you have ‘anything to say about me tweet me, don’t post it on YikYak’
As the UMCA President and Welsh Affairs Officer can’t attend Lauren is reading out the report in relation to the UMCA President and Welsh Affair’s Officer.
Ryan Myles is speaking about what he has done as Education Officer.
These points include: Academic Representatives, Institution Representatives including shiny new training for reps, more frequent rep catch ups. Ryan wants to make ‘volunteering sexy’ by that he wants to make students feel they are of good by representing. Discussing of helping students with there HEAR report. Change to special circumstances, Ryan aims to make the service easier to access. Ryan is discussing changing library fines in that you shouldn’t always necessary be changed. Short term book fines have been changed from 50p to 20p. One of the campaign being run right now is ‘All I want for Christmas’, which is what students feel could improve.
Niomi Cutler- Welfare officer report
Ran a mental well being week, distress ideas – message in a bauble ask to write a positive message in a bauble to hang on a Christmas tree with a small donation from people going to MIND charity. After Christmas the positive baubles to people who feel stressed or down. Arranged a health board visit.
Jasmine Cross- Activities officer report
Set up a working group with the university, focus groups involving students. Formed more society groups to get improve communications between each other. Working of the accreditation system and grant scheme to help improve societies. Maintain better facilities, made room for societies to have storage. Lecturers should be recording and uploading slides now. Campaigned for ‘this girl can’ get sports, societies and all genders to start blogging.