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FRIDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2017
 
HUSTINGS FOR MICHAELMAS ELECTIONS
 
Hustings for the Michaelmas elections will be held in the Common Room, tonight at 20.00. Come along to meet and question the candidates for DCSA positions, if elected they will be representing Darwin Students!
 
See their manifestos in the link below:
 
 
 

DCSA GENERAL MEETING

Thursday 9th November

20:00, Common Room

Dear Darwinians,

All DCSA Primary Members (Darwin students as currently on the student registry) are invited to the up-and-coming Michaelmas General Meeting. 

The General Meeting is the supreme policy making body of the DCSA, and it is important that as many members attend these meetings to ensure the DCSA Executive Committee is working in the best interest of its members. The Michaelmas Term meeting is particularly important as it is also the meeting at which the DCSA budget is decided. It is also an opportunity to see more of the Executive Committee in action, and to enjoy a free glass of wine/soft drink and nibbles.

Any Primary Member of the DCSA can submit a motion to be discussed and voted on at the General Meeting in accordance with the procedures set out in the Schedule and Regulations, from page 23 (http://www.dcsa.dar.cam.ac.uk/sites/default/files/committees/files/31-05...). Please submit any motions to myself (djd49@cam.ac.uk) by Tuesday 7th November at 20:00, strictly.

Please find the minutes of the previous general meeting, due for approval, here: http://www.dcsa.dar.cam.ac.uk/sites/default/files/committees/files//GM%2....

An agenda for this meeting is to follow shortly.

DCSA ELECTIONS

Friday 10th November

20:00, Common Room

Dear Darwinians,

It is the time of year again to elect new members to the DCSA’s Executive Committee. The Committee is a group of students elected to both represent you at College level, as well as provide you with all the support and events that makes the Darwin social calendar the envy of other Colleges!

Some of the Committee are elected in November, and the rest later in the year to allow everyone an opportunity to take part. The following positions are up for election this November, and a more comprehensive explanation of each role is included below:

- LGBT+ Officer 
- International Officer
- Environmental and Ethical Affairs Officer
- Entertainment Officer 
- Events Officer
- Communications Officer
- Sports and Societies Officer 
- External Officer 

If you would like to know more about the positions, or what it is like to be on the DCSA Executive Committee, please contact the current office holders by e-mail, or the current President, Luis, on dcsa_president@darwin.cam.ac.uk. The minimum commitment is attendance at most DCSA Executive Committee Meetings (currently every other Tuesday from 20:00) and helping out at DCSA organised events, such as BOPS, in addition to any specifics of the role you will take.

If you want to nominate yourself for election, you must submit a manifesto to myself (djd49@cam.ac.uk) and the DCSA President (dcsa_president@darwin.cam.ac.uk ) of no more than 200 words, along with a recent photograph. You must also supply the names and CSRIds of a current DCSA member (Darwin student) to be your proposer and another to be your seconder, and cc them into the e-mail you send to us. The deadline for receiving nominations is strictly 12noon on 10th November.

All received nominations will be invited to the hustings, due to take place on 10th November at 20:00 in the Old Library. Each nominee will have time to give a short speech and will be available for DCSA members to ask any questions they may have. 

Online voting will then take place between 12noon 13th-16th November, with the successful nominee taking up office the following week.

If you do not wish to nominate yourself, please do come to the hustings to make sure you vote for the candidate you want to see representing you to the College (and organising your BOPs!).

More information about DCSA Executive Committee roles can be found from page 11 on the DCSA Schedule and Regulations (https://www.dcsa.dar.cam.ac.uk/sites/default/files/committees/files/31-0...).

 

To talk to current DCSA Executive Committee members informally about running for a position, feel free to join us in DarBar from 21:00-22:00 on Sunday 5th November. 

Darwin Food Festival 2017 - 29th July 2017

 

Want to enjoy some freshly-made international food? This is the event for you!

On the 29th July, we will have dishes from 7 cuisines made by our fellow Darwinians from Greece, Germany, Vietnam, Bhutan, Italy, Slovenia, Israel, Turkey and Palestine.

Tickets are available for Darwinians (3 pounds) and up to three guests (4 pounds) and will be sold in Darbar at 21.00-22.00 from 17th July to 21th July. 
With the ticket, you can sample three dishes and you can sample more by paying additional money (1 pound for each extra dish).

Please email Binbin, the DCSA International officer, for more information about this event: dcsa_international@darwin.cam.ac.uk

 
 
TUESDAY 20th JUNE 2017
 
 
JOIN THE DCSA COMMITTEE AS LGBT+, EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT OR SPORTS AND SOCIETIES OFFICER 

 

Five positions remain unfilled in the DCSA committee after Easter term elections. A second election will be held to elect a Student Member of the College Council (see information below). The remaining four positions will be filled by co-option. Co-option is just another way to join the committee, but without elections. You apply by submitting a short manifesto (around 200 words) stating why you would be good for the position and what you plan to do in it (note: you don't need a proposer and seconder). Submit manifestos to the DCSA Secretary, Daniel Dennis (djd49), and the DCSA President, Luis Nobre (ln280) by 7pm on Sunday 25th June. All applicants will then be invited to the DCSA Regular Meeting on Tuesday 27th June 8pm to meet the committee and say a little something about themselves, why they want to join the committee and what they want to do in the role.

 

Here's a brief description of the roles available:

 

LGBT+ OFFICER

The LGBT+ Officer is responsible for representing and furthering the needs of LGBT+ students, whilst also providing help in a similar manner to the Welfare Officers. They try to involve LGBT+ students in college events and organise events aimed at LGBT+ students. Only self-identifying LGBT+ individuals can apply for this role. Please note this role is until the Michaelmas elections, although you can reapply. For more information contact the previous LGBT+ Officer, Dan: djd49@cam.ac.uk.

 

EVENTS OFFICER

The Events Officer coordinates, organises, and promotes social and entertainment activities in college, including the May Week Garden Party, summer BBQ, and various smaller events throughout the year. Please note this role is until the Michaelmas elections, although you can reapply. For more information about the role contact Jessica: jd750@cam.ac.uk.

 

ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER(S)  (1 Position)

The Ents Officers coordinate, organise, and promote the Darwin BOPs, held roughly three times a term. They are responsible for the music, decorations, security, and all the other financial and administrative work that comes with it. For more information contact Astrid (continuing Ents Officer) and Alex (outgoing Ents Officer): dcsa_ents@darwin.cam.ac.uk.

 

SPORTS AND SOCIETIES OFFICER(S)  (1 Position)

The Sports and Societies Officers are responsible for maintaining the gym and for overseeing Darwin's sporting and non-sporting societies. They are also responsible for organising the Darwin-Wolfson Sports Day, a day of sporting fun against our sister College at Oxford, held every March. For more information contact Meltem (continuing Officer) and James (outgoing Officer): dcsa_sports@darwin.cam.ac.uk.

If you have any other questions please email Daniel (djd49) or Luis (ln280).

 
 
 
 
 
Thursday 8th June 2017
 
Apply to be a Student Member of the College Council
 
There is still a vacancy for a student to join the College Council. Student members of the College Council are elected by Darwin students to represent the College in College Council meetings and to sit ex officio on the DCSA Executive Committee (meaning their Primary Office is the College Council). They bring any matters to the College Council and the DCSA and try to ensure that the needs of all parties in college are being met. These positions are best suited to those who are actively engaged in college life and have an understanding of the different things the DCSA and College are involved in. The position is available until the DCSA Michalemas elections, although you can reapply. For more information about the role contact the outgoing DCSA President, Elaine (eg453) and/or the outgoing College Council Reps, Ariana (asp28) and Isak (ih285).
 
If you want to apply please submit a manifesto of no more than 200 words stating the position you are applying for, why you are applying, why you would be good in the position, and what you plan to do while in office. Please also try to submit a photo of yourself to be circulated with the manifestos. Manifestos must include your name and CRSid email address, as well as those of a proposer and seconder (who must be current Darwin students). Please send your manifesto and photo to the following SIX email addresses: dcsa_secretary AT darwin.cam.ac.uk, dcsa_president AT darwin.cam.ac.uk, tlp27 AT cam.ac.uk, eg453 AT cam.ac.uk, and your proposer and seconder. (There are several emails as the DCSA will be in the middle of the handover and the email addresses may have been changed by the deadline. It will be the outgoing committee running the election.)
 
All applicants are invited to the hustings on Tuesday 27th June 20.00 to give a short (~2-minute) speech and all applicants must be available to answer questions on the night. The deadline to submit manifestos is 23.59 on Thursday 22nd June. Manifestos will be posted on the DCSA website, the Darwin Students’ Facebook group, and sent via WhatsUp at least 48 hours before the hustings. 
 
All students are invited to the hustings on Tuesday 27th June 20.00, room TBC.
 
Voting will happen online from Wednesday 28th - Friday 30th June, times TBC.
 
 
 
Wednesday 17th May 2017
 
DCSA Extraordinary General Meeting
 
An extraordinary GM has been called by Stefan Winzeck, DCSA Treasurer, in order to present motions to modify the budget. The EGM will take place directly after the OGM on 30th May, at approximately 21.30. See point 5 here for full details. 
 
 
 
 
Saturday 13th May 2017
 
DCSA Easter GM 2017
 

The Easter Term 2017 General Meeting of the DCSA will take place on Tuesday 30th May at 20.00 in the Common Room. 13 DCSA Executive Committee positions are available and during the GM hustings for elections will take place. Submitted motions will be discussed as well and a budget update will be given.

A motion to hold a referendum to approve changes to the DCSA Constitution will be voted on. This notice should be taken as the one-week notice required before a referendum can take place. For full details on this motion see here.  

For full details on the GM, including how to apply to join the DCSA Executive Committee and how to submit a motion please see here
 
 
 
 
Tuesday 9th May 2017
 
Approved Amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations
 

The DCSA Executive Committee has approved amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations. Along with the DCSA Constitution, the Schedule and Regulations sets out rules for how the DCSA functions, including: the powers and duties of its officers, how elections and co-option are conducted, how Regular and General Meetings are organised, and how it deals with DCSA clubs and societies.

The amendments were presented at two Executive Committee meetings that had at least 50% of the committee present and voting, and at least two-thirds of the committee voted for them to pass. The amendments are now in force and any further changes must now be proposed at the next Ordinary General Meeting (on 31/05/17). The latest version of the Schedule and Regulations can be seen here.

 

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
 

Recommended Amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations 

The DCSA Executive Committee is proposing amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations. Along with the DCSA Constitution, the Schedule and Regulations sets out rules for how the DCSA functions, including: the powers and duties of its officers, how elections and co-option are conducted, how Regular and General Meetings are organised, and how it deals with DCSA clubs and societies.

The recommended amendments were presented at the Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday 2nd May and were recommended with modification. The meeting had at least 50% of the committee present and at least two-thirds of the committee voted in favour of the recommended amendments.

The recommendations will be presented at the next Executive Committee meeting that has at least 50% of the committee present and voting. If they pass for a second time then they will come into force with immediate effect. Any changes after this time can be proposed at the General Meeting following their implementation. 

The DCSA Executive Committee’s recommended changes are quite extensive, although range from major to minor amendments. The entire Schedule and Regulations with the recommended changes can be seen here
 
 
Monday 24th April 2017
 

Recommended Amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations 

The DCSA Executive Committee is proposing amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations. Along with the DCSA Constitution, the Schedule and Regulations sets out rules for how the DCSA functions, including: the powers and duties of its officers, how elections and co-option are conducted, how Regular and General Meetings are organised, and how it deals with DCSA clubs and societies.
 
The recommended amendments will be presented at the next Executive Committee meeting that has at least two thirds of the committee present and voting. The recommendations will either be rejected or approved (with or without further amendments). If they are approved (with or without further amendments) then they will again be presented at the next Executive Committee meeting that has at least two thirds of the committee present and voting. Should they pass for a second time then they will come into force with immediate effect. Any changes after this time can be proposed at the General Meeting following their implementation.
 
The DCSA Executive Committee’s recommended changes are quite extensive, although range from major to minor amendments. The entire Schedule and Regulations with the recommended changes can be seen here

 

 

Tuesday 31st January 2017
 
DCSA Lent Term 2017 General Meeting 
 
The DCSA TGM will be on Tuesday 21st February at 20.00 in the Common Room. See here for full details, including how to submit a motion. 
 
 
 
 
Friday 18th November 2016
 
JOIN THE DCSA COMMITTEE AS LGBT OFFICER OR SPORTS OFFICER 

Elections are now over, so we move on to co-option. Co-option is just another way to join the committee, but without elections. You apply by submitting a short manifesto (around 200 words) stating why you would be good for the position and what you plan to do in it (note: you don't need a proposer and seconder). Submit manifestos to the DCSA Secretary, Thea Precht (tlp27), and the DCSA President, Elaine Gray (eg453) by 7pm on Sunday 27th November. All applicants will then be invited to the DCSA Regular Meeting on Tuesday 29th November 8pm to meet the committee and say a little something about yourself, why you want to join the committee and what you want to do in the role. 

There are two roles available:

LGBT OFFICER
The LGBT Officer is responsible for representing and furthering the needs of LGBT students, whilst also providing help in a similar manner to the Welfare Officers. They try to involve LGBT students in College and organise events aimed at LGBT students. Contact the current LGBT Officer, Aleix, for more information (dcsa_lgbt @ darwin.cam.ac.uk).

SPORTS OFFICER
There are two Sports Officers who are responsible for maintaining the gym and for overseeing Darwin’s sporting societies and there is one position available. (Please note: a change to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations may mean this position is re-titled Sports and Societies Officer and will also involve overseeing non-sporting societies.) They are also responsible for organising the Darwin-Wolfson Sports Day, a day of sporting fun against our sister College at Oxford, held every March. For more information contact the current Sports Officer, James (dcsa_sports @ darwin.cam.ac.uk). 

If you have any other questions please email Thea (tlp27) or Elaine (eg453).

 
 
 
 
Monday 17th October 2016
 
DCSA Michaelmas General Meeting 
 
The DCSA TGM will be on Tuesday 1st November at 20.00 in the Common Room. This is when the 2016-2017 budget will be released, the hustings for elections will take place, and any submitted motions will be discussed. See here for full details, including how to apply to join the DCSA Executive Committee and how to submit a motion. 
 
 
 
 
Monday 26th September 2016
 
Welcome!
 
Welcome to all the new students joining us for new the academic year. You can find information about the college, the DCSA, and events happening in Freshers' Fortnight in the most recent freshers' booklet here
 
 
 
 
Wednesday 29th June 2016
 
Co-Option
 
The DCSA is looking for a Communications Officer to join the committee! 
 
You can apply even if you can’t commit for a whole year!
 
COMMUNICATIONS - The Communications Officer is responsible for sending out the Whatsup email, helping to maintain the website, and to otherwise attends to the DCSA communication needs. The Comms Officer sits on the College Computer Committee. For more information contact the current Comms Officer, Stefan (dcsa_coms@darwin.cam.ac.uk).
 
You will be expected to attend the DCSA Committee meetings held fortnightly on Tuesdays at 8pm. You will also be expected to help out at DCSA events.
 
If you want to apply please send a short manifesto (of no more than 200 words) to the DCSA Secretary Thea Precht (tlp27), while cc’ing in the President Elaine Gray (eg453). Your manifesto should include which role you are applying for, why you would be good at the role, and what you plan to do. The position is normally for one year, but as no one stood in the election we will allow any current students to apply (even if you can’t commit to the whole year), BUT, YOU MUST STATE in your manifesto when you will be leaving Darwin/when you would need to leave the Committee.
 
Deadline to submit manifestos is 7pm on Sunday 10th July.
 
All applicants will then be invited to the DCSA Regular Meeting on Tuesday 12th July 8pm to meet the committee and say a little something about yourself and what you plan to do in the role, as well as answer any questions the committee members have. The Committee will then vote in the new committee members.
 
If you have any other questions please email Elaine (eg453).
 
 
 
 
Sunday 12th June 2016
 
Co-Option
 
The DCSA is looking for an Events Officer and a Communications Officer to join the committee!
 
You can apply even if you can’t commit for a whole year!
 
EVENTS - The Events Officer coordinates, organises, and promotes social and entertainment activities including the Garden Party and BBQ. They are also Chair of the Entertainment Committee, which organises all entertainment events run by the DCSA. For more information contact the current Events Officer, Patrick (dcsa_events@darwin.cam.ac.uk). 
 
COMMUNICATIONS - The Communications Officer is responsible for sending out the Whatsup email, helping to maintain the website, and to otherwise attends to the DCSA communication needs. The Comms Officer sits on the College Computer Committee. For more information contact the current Comms Officer, Stefan (dcsa_coms@darwin.cam.ac.uk).
 
DCSA Committee meetings are held fortnightly and on Tuesdays at 8pm.
 
If you want to apply for either position please send a short manifesto (of no more than 200 words) to the DCSA Secretary Elaine Gray (eg453), while cc’ing in the President Stephanie Ashenden (ska35). Your manifesto should include which role you are applying for, why you would be good at the role, and what you plan to do. The position is normally for one year, but as no one stood in the election we will allow any current students to apply (even if you can’t commit to the whole year), BUT, YOU MUST STATE in your manifesto when you will be leaving Darwin/when you would need to leave the Committee.
 
Deadline to submit manifestos is 7pm on Sunday 26th June.
 
All applicants will then be invited to the DCSA Regular Meeting on Tuesday 28th June 8pm to meet the committee and say a little something about yourself and what you plan to do in the role, as well as answer any questions the committee members have. The Committee will then vote in the new committee members.
 
If you have any other questions please email Elaine (eg453).
 
 
 
 
Monday 30th May 2016
 
Proposed amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations
 
The DCSA Executive Committee is proposing changes to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations. The Constitution sets out rules for how the DCSA functions: this includes the powers and duties of its officers as well as how it deals with DCSA clubs and societies. The DCSA’s proposed changes are relatively minor and include changing the title of one of the Executive Committee positions and the role the Officer has, as well as references to the title of the officer and their role. 
 
In order for any of these changes to take place, they need to be approved by a majority vote at an Executive Committee meeting with at least two thirds of the members present and voting. Any approved changes must not be objected to at the next General Meeting.
 
The details of the DCSA’s proposed changes can be found here
 
 
 
Saturday 28th May 2016
 
The deadline for manifestos and motions has passed. See all election candidates' manifestos and submitted motions here.  
 
 
 
Friday 6th May 2016
 
The Easter Term GM will be on Tuesday 31st May 20.00 in the Common Room. DCSA Executive Committee positions are now available for election, please see here for the details of the TGM.  
 
 
 
Wednesday 6th April 2016
 
Recommended amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations
 
The DCSA Executive Committee has voted to recommend changes to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations. The amendments are to change the title of the Sports Officer positions and the role the officers have. The titles will be changed to Sports and Society Officers and the role the officers will have will reflect their involvement in societies that are not sports. 
 
These changes need to once again be passed by a majority vote at an Executive Committee meeting with at least two thirds of the members present and voting. Any approved changes must not be objected to at the next General Meeting.
 
The details of the DCSA’s recommended changes can be found here
 
 
 
Sunday 13th March 2016
 
Proposed amendments to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations
 
The DCSA Executive Committee is proposing changes to the DCSA Schedule and Regulations. The Constitution sets out rules for how the DCSA functions: this includes the powers and duties of its officers as well as how it deals with DCSA clubs and societies. The DCSA’s proposed changes are relatively minor and include changing the title of one of the Executive Committee positions and the role the Officer has, as well as references to the title of the officer and their role. 
 
In order for any of these changes to take place, they need to be approved by a majority vote at an Executive Committee meeting with at least two thirds of the members present and voting. Any approved changes must not be objected to at the next General Meeting.
 
The details of the DCSA’s proposed changes can be found here
 
 
 
Thursday 10th March 2016
 
Welcome to the new DCSA website!
 
As the new website is nearly complete we hope to take down the old website at the end of the month. All sports clubs and societies should send us some information about their club/society before the end of March in order for it to be uploaded on to the website. Please email the information to dcsa_president [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk or dcsa_secretary [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.
 

FRIDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2017 
 
HUSTINGS FOR MICHAELMAS ELECTIONS
 
Hustings for the Michaelmas elections will be held tonight in the Common Room at 20.00. Come meet the candidates and ask any questions you may have, if elected these students will be representing you!
 

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