Michaelmas 2016 General Meeting
The International Officer is responsible for representing and furthering the needs of international students. They try to involve international students in College and organise events aimed at international students.
Candidate name: Yangqing Liu (yl529)
Proposer: Regina Schlütter (rbks2)
Seconder: Aleix Gorchs Rovira (ag853)
The position I intend to apply is the International Officer. Having lived in the UK for four years, I am aware of not only the huge difference between eastern and western cultures but also the lack of communications among students from different cultural backgrounds. Naturally, students feel more comfortable staying inside the circle formed by people from their home country. But as a person with strong curiosity towards different cultures, I am determined to improve the situation so that the unparalleled culture diversity in our college can be more efficiently explored. Being an international student, I personally experienced the difficulty of learning English to integrating into local life. My ability to interact with students from various backgrounds also moulds me as the perfect candidate for this position. With my deep understanding of the needs of international students, my goal is to create a more friendly and diverse environment for our college. I am confident that I will organise events that are tailored to international students and boost cultural interaction. Events like global cooking competitions and small seminar introducing education systems of different countries will be my first choices. I will cherish this invaluable opportunity to contribute to Darwin society.
The Green Officer is responsible for the coordination and implementation of sustainable policies and organises college events promoting awareness of sustainability. They can also sit on the Buildings and Grounds Committee if requested.
Candidate: Bryn Pickering (bp325)
Proposer: Philipp Bräuninger-Weime: (pab96)
Seconder: João Maria Alcântara de Melo Costa (jmadmc2)
Candidate: Abdul Rahman Md Din (arb210)
Proposer: Christina Skondrogianni (cs896)
Seconder: Fuyu Zhao (fz253)
Hi, I’m Abdul, an MPhil student in Engineering for Sustainable Development and I am running for the Green Officer position. Darwin is a great and conducive place to live and thrive, and I am very keen to get involved in making Darwin College a vibrant and sustainable place to live and study. I have 10 years working experience in Industrial Health, Safety and Environment prior to my Mphil, with specialisation in Sustainable Development Policies and Energy Management implementation. I was also active in developing awareness programs and functional skill training in the industry I used to work in. If elected, my plan is to continue the great work done thus far and focus on several strategic improvements. This includes facilitating the process to establish the College’s long-term Sustainability Goals and work towards our first Annual Sustainability Report!. This report will help us in measuring the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of our policies and initiatives. It will also serve as a good indicator of where we are in terms of energy efficiency, water consumption, carbon footprint and awareness levels, and how these could be measured and improved year-on-year.
Entertainment (Ents) Officer (1 position)
There are two Ents Officers who coordinate, organise, and promote the Darwin BOPs, held roughly three times a term.
Candidate: Astrid Wendler (aw642)
Proposer: Brenda Valeiras, (bv274)
Seconder: Victoria Franks, (Vrf22)
My name is Astrid Wendler and I just entered the third year of my PhD in Clinical Neuroscience, working on Glioblastoma. As it will take me 4 years to complete my PhD I am not yet in the year of stress and freaking out, leaving me time to get even more involved in college life.
I am applying for the role of Entertainment Officer because I really love seeing people enjoy a good party! I am creative, I love decorating, and I am keen to explore what would be possible to make BOPs even more fun!
I don’t mind spending the whole BOP working, as long as I see that everybody is having fun and enjoys our work. I am a reliable person who is always willing to help the other areas of the DCSA as well. I already have experience in helping with several events that the DCSA hosted, including various events held over Freshers’ Fortnight and events last year, including BOPs.
I have spoken with the current Ents Officers and committee members about what is involved and I believe I’m suited to the role. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
The External Officer is responsible for organising Formal Hall swaps with other Colleges and for hosting other Colleges when they visit Darwin for Formal Hall swaps. They also represent the DCSA at CUSU meetings.
Candidate: Oliver Fleck: (orf22)
Proposer: Stefan Winzect (Sw742)
Seconder: Marc Felske (Mf596)
I am applying for the role of External Officer within the DCSA. This position is one that I am very enthusiastic about, as I feel that, during a student’s time in Cambridge, they should be afforded every opportunity to experience as much of the university environment as possible.
Having spent the vast majority of my life in Cambridge, I am extremely familiar with the college framework and have pre-existing contacts at many colleges already. I have previous experience with organising events, both through societies during my undergraduate and master’s degrees, which necessitated good coordination between both representatives of venues, and my peers.
In the coming months, as Simon’s time in the role comes to an end, I intend to work closely with him to ensure a good handover with minimal fuss and establish contacts within other colleges as a foundation to build upon in future.
The Events Officer coordinates, organises, and promotes social and entertainment activities (other than BOPs), including the May Week Garden Party and the summer BBQ.
Candidate: Jessica Dobrin (jd750)
Proposer: Talin Ghazarian (tg396)
Seconder: Iain Hay (imh33)
Hi, my name is Jessica Dobrin and I am a first-year PhD student in Education here at Darwin. I am hoping to join the DCSA committee as the Events Officer because I really like fun, and I believe everyone else should have fun too! I believe I would make a good Events Officer because in the past I have helped to organise events ranging from parades and festivals to fundraisers and even a prom or two. My main responsibilities at Darwin will be to organise events for all college members to enjoy, including (but certainly not limited to) the May Week Garden Party. We will be having a comedy night as well, which I am hoping you are as excited about as I am! Of course, there will be plenty of other smaller social events throughout the year and if you have an idea for an event, please get in touch with me and we can make it happen!
The Communications Officer is responsible for sending out the Whatsup email, helping to maintain the website, and to otherwise attend to the DCSA communication needs. The Comms Officer sits on the College Computer Committee.
Candidate: Ruben Drews, (rmd60)
Proposer: Vix Franks (vrf22)
Seconder: Meltem Gurel (mg773)
My name is Ruben and I am hereby applying for the position of Communications Officer. Although I am in the first year of my PhD in Medical Sciences, I have felt how important good communication is, as my arrival here was amazingly well organised. This is also due to the efforts of the DCSA which I would like to support in the position of the Communications Officer.
During my earlier studies, I represented my course towards the department and university. Hence, I am familiar with the work of councils like the DCSA. Being the Communications Officer would allow me to not only contribute to the fantastic work of the DCSA and support our societies, but also to personally learn a lot about how life is organized at Darwin.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sports Officer (1 position)
There are two Sports Officers who are responsible for maintaining the gym and for overseeing Darwin's sporting societies. (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 (email@example.com).
The DCSA Executive Committee has recommended amendments 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 recommended changes are relatively minor and include changing the title of one of the Executive Committee positions - from Sports Officers to Sports and Societies Officers, and the role description to reflect overseeing societies that are not sports. These changes were approved for a second time by the executive Committee with the necessary two-third majority on 28/06/2016.
These changes will come into action when there is no objection to any approved changes at the General Meeting and by College Council.
Please find the complete proposed changes here.