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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.
 
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