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Thursday 7th November 2018

Voting is now open! Elections will close at 11pm on Saturday 10th November.

 

https://www.vote.cusu.cam.ac.uk/dar-dcsa/18-19/darwinmichaelmas/

 

Monday 5th November 2018
Manifestos

Manifestos Michaelmas 2018

Communications Officer (One Position: One (1) Candidate)

 
Candidate: Michael Schneider

I am a first year PhD student at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. By training, I am a computer scientist and in my PhD I am using computational and statistical tools to develop new approaches to try to identify the processes that drive and cause cancer. 

 

I would like to actively contribute to the college life and community. Given my experience with computing, I think I would be a good fit for the role of communications officer. I have experience in web development and have created a website in the past. I am also generally rather competent in IT questions and will be able to contribute meaningfully to the Computer Committee. In addition, I think this is the best way to help, as I am spending most of my working days at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site, and so I am not always physically present at the college. 

I very much like to be around Darbar and the common areas in the evenings, though. I believe I am a very approachable and reliable person and thus well suited for the role.

 

Proposer: Ruben Drews (rmd60)

Seconder: Charlotte Tumescheit (ct518)

 

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Entertainments Officer (One Position: One (1) Candidate)

 

Candidate: Bethan Manley (bm502)

I’m Bethan and I’m a 2nd year PhD student in Plant Sciences. I’m running to extend my current position as the second Ents Officer to be more involved in our Darwin BOPs that I have previously loved attending during my time here. 

Previous experience in organising large events includes co-ordinating events for the Cambridge Food Security Forum, as well as several months in the role of second Ents Officer working with the current Ents Officer Jess! I would like to continue seeing more of Cambridge’s great bands playing at Darwin, as they are always a welcome addition to the BOPs. 

I would love to continue helping to provide Darwinians with great BOPs!!!

Proposer: Jessica Elmer

Seconder: Iain Hay

 

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Environmental & Ethics Officer (One Position: Three (3) Candidates)

 

Candidate: Oana Kubinyecz (onk23)

Hi! I am Oana: a fresher, PhD student in Epigenetics, a runner who also loves cycling and hiking, with a great appreciation and love for our beautiful planet. Needless to say, I am interested in the Environmental and Ethical Affairs Officer position. You might still ask WHY? Because I learned that if you want a change, you need to get going, rather than wait for it. And for me, this position would be the opportunity to work on that change.  My scientific background helped me see how the environment can affect gene expression in humans and also any living organism, and this triggered in me a mixture of fascination and also concern. But “better light a candle than curse the darkness”, so here I am!

I noticed since I arrived, that Darwin is full of ethical and environment-loving people, and I would be giving more than my best to collaborate with everyone “keen to be Green”.  I also aim to get more people on board by raising awareness through interactive events, and to reach outside Darwin, joining forces with other colleges, Greenpeace, and the University Sustainability team.  Please get in touch if you want to hear more about my ideas!

Proposer: Ilaria Coppola (ic354)

Seconder:  Alena Giesche (ag927)

 

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Candidate: David Durand-Delacre (dd516)

Hello Darwin! 

 

I’m David, a 1st year Geography PhD and, you’ve guessed it, am running for Environment & Ethics Officer.

 

Darwin is a forward-thinking place, much has already been done and requires continued support. The current green officer Alena briefed me on existing initiatives: composting in kitchens, sustainable catering, keeping our vegetable garden and bees happy and healthy… all of which I will gladly take up!  

 

Besides, I have two main objectives.

 

First, to develop a collective Ethics and Sustainability Statement for Darwin. For this, I propose to poll the entire Darwin community and organise debates, so we can develop a clearer understanding of our shared values and objectives when it comes to ethics and sustainability. This will serve as a basis for new initiatives.

 

Second, for Darwin to divest from fossil fuel companies. This is a personal priority which I hope to gain your support for. I’ll engage administrators on Darwin’s ethical investment policies. As a member of the university-wide Zero Carbon Campaign, and having co-founded ‘LSE Divest’ back in 2013 with my MSc classmates, I have the tools and experience to make this a reality.

 

Let's make Darwin the model for 'green and progressive'! 

 

Proposer: Luca Messerschmidt (lem66)

Seconder: Timothé Langlois-Therien (tl470)

 

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Candidate: Maddie Emms (mae47)

Hi everyone, I’m a second year PhD student in Zoology (Marine Biology) and I’m running to be your Environmental and Ethical Affairs Officer! I was on Darwin’s Green Impact team last year, helping to achieve our Silver status. I also screened Blue Planet II to spread the love of everything marine (and David Attenborough), but also to highlight the horrific problem of marine plastics! I am impressed with Darwin’s environmental efforts, particularly in the catering department, and want to continue the drive to make Darwin an exemplary ‘green’ college. I plan to form a keen Environmental and Ethical Affairs committee, get to work on this year’s Green Impact tasks, support University wide initiatives from the GU, CUSU, and the Environment and Energy team (such as “Spotlight On…” months), push for increased/improved bicycle parking in college, create a re-use system for the finishing/arriving student turnover (reducing waste and saving money!), and organise a college clothes swap! (Remember to first reduce and re-use… and only then recycle as last resort!)

 

Proposer: Alice Fairnie (almf2)

Seconder: Alena Giesche (ag927) 

 

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Events Officer (One Position: One (1) Candidate)

 

Candidate: Lidia Smitkova (ls654)

My name is Lida. I’m a 3rd year Econ phd. This summer there was an unscheduled opening for the events officer position. That seemed like an excellent opportunity to give something back to college. I've enjoyed being part of the DCSA and I'd like to continue being involved. 

 

Darwin is known for it’s thriving grad community. I see events officer duty as making sure students have an opportunity to get to know each other while doing something together. The plan for this year is to have everyone on board, especially 2nd and higher years: people, who after the fresher year is over, may feel out of touch. Solution is rare but big events: think mystery dinner as an example of an activity that reached every corner of student body. In between these larger events, many smaller ones will be held, occasioned with holidays and, when it's spring time, return of pleasurable conditions outdoors. 

 

Finally, relevant experience. After a couple of months I think I'm getting a hang of position. Also, I’m a treasurer of drink and draw society. I hope I possess enough drive and organisational skills to make fun things happen. I’d be very happy to do it.

 

Proposer: Jezebel Mansell (kjcm2)

Seconder: Milli Pavlickova (mp822)

 

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External Officer (One Position: One (1) Candidate)

 

Candidate: Christopher C. Davis (ccd38)

Hi, I’m Chris! I’m a 2nd year PhD student in Computer Science and I’ve been your external officer for a short but sweet 3 months!

I became external officer because I love the Darwin community, and I felt the best way to get involved was through organising amazing formal swaps for everyone and representing you at CUSU meetings.

So far, I’ve packed Michaelmas with 5 swaps, taking you on a Halloween punt swap to Clare and to Pembroke’s grad hall. Next, we’re off to Jesus for the Day of the Dead, Trinity, and to Queen’s famous Old Hall! And I’ve already started planning some fun swaps for next year!

I’ve really enjoyed being your external officer so far, and it would give me great pleasure to continue what I’ve started. Please vote for me!

 

Proposer: Torben Sell (ts671)

Seconder: Jezebel Mansell (kjcm2)

 

International Officer (One Position: Two (2) Candidates)

 

Candidate: Noor A. A. Nour (naan2)

Flipping the Map

 

The richest ecosystems are those on the fringes of different habitats, accommodating a tremendous diversity of species. ‘Darwin’ is a thriving ecosystem because of this diversity, with members who have come from all over the world, hoping to change the world.

 

In an attempt to change our world simply by how we view it, one proposes we flip the map, figuratively and literally, putting south ‘on top’ and encouraging Darwin to look up to its international diversity.

 

In an attempt to flip the map, our upcoming International Officer can better integrate Darwin’s ‘migratory species’ through empathy and wellness, particularly to those who have come from far away but continue to feel far from their new home in Cambridge.

 

Reflecting on my personal experience with creating comfortable spaces, including my own home at Darwin, I believe in the potential of integration through the senses: food, music, adventure, and interactive social experiences, all the while promoting wellness and comfort for newcomers and old comers alike.

 

I look forward to working with fellow students and members on better understanding the Darwin ecosystem to guide an intense (and fun) planning process to bring home closer.

 

Proposer: Angus Taylor (ait53)

Seconder: Lena Dorfschmidt (ld548)

 

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Candidate: Chanon Pornrungroj (cp651)

Feeling at Home at Darwin 

 

Quick introduction. Hi I am Chanon, 1st year Chemistry PhD from Thailand applying to be your DCSA International Officer.  I love cooking, eating, and photography. I did my undergrad and master degrees in Japan and I do know how it is like to be away from home. How it is like to go through difficult situations. I also know how fun it is to be in a super diverse community like what we have at Darwin. I hope to create a vibrant and well connected community through various fun events so that everyone can feel exactly at home.  

 

Relevant experiences 

 

Served as Founder and Director of TEDxTohokuUniversity 2016-2018

Served ad President of Tohoku University Foreign Students Association 2014-2015  

 

My proposals to you 

  1. Introduce new cultural exchange events like dancing and cooking classes.
  2. Organise our very own Darwin Bake Off, and other fun competitions.
  3. I hope to be your eyes and ears to protect your interests.
  4. Organise our usual Intenatinal food event in summer and outdoor BBQ events. 
  5. Provide platform for individual to showcase his/her culture.
  6. Organise international dance party (hopefully at our new hall once open)

 

Proposer: BinBin Wei (bw373)

Seconder: Melanie Whitfield (mjw218)

 

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Sports Officer (One Position: Two (2) Candidates)

Candidate: Stephanie Metzger (srm85)

Hi, my name is Stephanie, and I am a new member of Darwin this year! 

 

I have had a really exciting time in Cambridge and Darwin so far, and I think that has had much to do with the opportunities presented by the societies here. I truly feel that joining different societies, such as Salsa and Board Game societies, has enriched my experience so much already. So, I have to decided to run for Sports and Societies Officer in order to do my part in keeping these opportunities going for Darwin members. 

 

As Sports and Societies Officer, I will make it my priority to promote the growth and stability of Darwin’s societies. I will always be available for groups to air concerns or suggest ways that the DCSA can help make them more successful. In addition, I want to ensure that Darwin members and societies have access to adequate facilities for their events, including upkeep for the gym. Finally, I think the Darwin-Wolfson sports day is a great chance for us to have a fun day away from academics with our sister college, so I am excited to plan that event as part of my new position. 

 

Proposer: Mo Almarri (maama2)

Seconder: Grace Bentham (gb583)

 

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Candidate: Alicia Wilcox (aw644)
G’day, I’m Alicia and I love being apart of the Darwin family.

I’m a second year phd student in clinical neurosciences. I’ve likely manipulated, sorry suggested to you to give rowing a go, served you luke-warm tinnies behind the bar, or stepped on your feet at salsa. I am becoming more active in college life and keen to have a more central role in maintaining Darwin’s integrative, welcoming and homely vibe.  A big part of life at Darwin is being involved in the sports and societies on offer.  They are where we can enjoy common hobbies together, learn new skills together, sweat together, laugh together, win together and where we can unwind from the daily slog of our academic careers.

I get along with Mo swimmingly and look forward to an opportunity to combine our skills as well as learn from him, if I am elected as the other half of sports and societies officer.  I am currently a vice captain of the Darwin women’s rowing squad, which already has built well on my communication and organisational skills - key skills I see fundamental to such a role.  I look forward to getting to know many more Darwin societies!
Proposer: Robin Morrison (reim2)
Seconder: Beverley McCann (bjm55)

 

Sunday 21st October 2018

There are 8 positions on the DCSA executive committee up for election. Please submit your manifestos of no more than 200 words before midnight (23.59) on 4th November. The hustings for these will take place during the General Meeting on Tuesday 6th November, and voting will be open from 7th-9th November. We would like to encourage manifestos from both Masters and PhD students at Darwin.

 

The positions available are:

 

Communications Officer

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. For more information contact the current Comms Officer, Ruben (dcsa_coms@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

Ents Officer

The Ents Officers coordinate, organise, and promote the Darwin BOPs, held roughly three times a term. Together with the Events Officer they facilitate the organisation of a wide variety of events in the College. For more information contact the current Ents Officers, Jess and Bethan (dcsa_ents@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

Environmental and Ethical Affairs Officer 

The Environmental and Ethical Affairs Officer is responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of environmental and ethical policies. They organise college events promoting awareness of environmental and ethical issues, as well as an Environmental and Ethical Affairs Committee to help implement any such policies and events. The Officer also liaises with CUSU and GU on environmental and ethical issues. For more information contact the current Environmental and Ethical Affairs Officer, Alena (dcsa_green@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

Events Officer

The Events Officer coordinates, organises, and promotes social and entertainment activities (other than BOPs), 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, Lida (dcsa_events@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

External Officer 

The External Officer co-ordinates Formal Hall Exchanges with other colleges, and liaises with other Colleges on matters of interest to DCSA members. They also represent the DCSA at CUSU meetings, and seek to increase the participation of the Darwin student body in GU and CUSU elections and initiatives. For more information contact the current External Officer, Chris (dcsa_external@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

International Officer 

The International Officer is responsible for representing and furthering the needs of international members of the College. They should seek to get international students actively involved in College and DCSA affairs, and bring to the attention of the Executive Committee and the College issues concerning the welfare and interests of international students. For more information contact the current International Officer, Binbin (dcsa_international@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

LGBT+ Officer

The LGBT+ Officer must promote the welfare of, organise events for and provide welfare information and advice to, DCSA members self-identifying as LGBT+. They are responsible for representing and furthering the needs of DCSA members self-identifying as LGBT+. They will also oversee and organise the activities focusing on gender-related concerns and propose policy to the Executive and General meetings. For more information contact the current LGBT+ Officer, Milli (dcsa_lgbt@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

Sports & Societies Officer 

The Sports and Societies Officers are responsible for maintaining the gym and for overseeing Darwin’s sports teams and 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 & Societies Officers, Mo and Simon (dcsa_sports@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

Any Darwin student can submit a motion to be discussed at the GM and mandate the DCSA executive committee to take action on the raised subject.

 

If you have any further queries, please contact Jezebel Mansell (dcsa_secretary@darwin.cam.ac.uk).

 

Thursday 23rd August 2018

 

DCSA Elections and Hustings for events officer

The DCSA is seeking to elect a new events officer! You can read the manifesto below. Come along to the hustings (23rd of August, 20.00, Darwin College) to meet the candidate! Voting will be online from Monday 27th August at 9am and close at midnight on Thursday 30th!

 

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Candidate: Lidia Smitkova

 

Yo Darwin!
 
My name is Lida. I'm a 3rd year Econ phd and a pretty devoted Darwinian. This year I decided to stop just receiving Darwin love and to give something back to community. 
 
Darwin is known for it's thriving grad community. I see events officer duty as promoting that. First thing on the agenda is to bring 2nd and higher year students back home. It's easy to lose track of different cohorts after the fresher year is over. Needn't be the case! Solution is rarer but bigger events. Mystery dinner of last year is a prime example of an activity that had a big part of community on board. The focus will be more Darwin wide games and opportunities to mingle. 
 
Second, Darwinians are delightful mix of intellectual prowess and aspiration to fool around. I'd like to tap into this. Think darbar pub quiz, but maybe something else that's in equal parts nerdy and silly. 
 
Finally, relevant experience. I'm a treasurer of Darwin drink and draw society and served as the decor/design officer for may ball 2017. I hope I possess enough creative drive and organisational skills to make fun things happen. I'd be happy to do it.
 
Hugs!

 

Monday 13th August 2018

 

JOIN THE DCSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AS EVENTS OFFICER!

The Events Officer coordinates, organises, and promotes social and entertainment activities in college, including the May Week Garden Party, summer BBQ, and other smaller events throughout the year.

You can apply by submitting a short manifesto (max. 200 words) stating why you would be good for the position and what you plan to do once in office. Submit manifestos to the DCSA Secretary, Jezebel Mansell (kjcm2) and copy in the DCSA President, Torben Sell (ts671), as well as a proposer and seconder, by midnight on Monday 20th August. All applicants will then be invited to the DCSA hustings on Thursday 23rd August at 8pm to answer questions from the student body about their plans for the role.

Elections will then open on Monday 27th August at 9am and close at midnight on Thursday 30th.

If you would like to know more about the position, or what it is like to be on the DCSA Executive Committee, please contact Robbin de Kruijf (rfd24), the current Events Officer, or the President, Torben.
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.

 

 

Monday 16th July 2018

 

DCSA Elections and Hustings for external officer

The DCSA is seeking to elect a new external officer! You can read their manifestos below. Come along to the hustings (16th of July, 20.00, Darwin College) to meet the candidates! Voting will be online from the 18th - 20th of July!

 

https://www.vote.cusu.cam.ac.uk/dar-dcsa/17-18/externalofficer/

 

Candidate: Christopher C. Davis

 

I’m Chris; I’m a first year PhD student in the Computer Science Department.

 

My two years at Darwin have been incredible thanks to the DCSA and to the amazing community we’ve built.

 

As some of you know, I love formals. So much so that I went to formal almost every week during Michaelmas 2016, and continue to organise my own swaps with family and friends.

It seems the stars have aligned and provided me an opportunity to become the external officer. It would give me great pleasure to organise amazing swaps for you, to engage more with the Darwin community, and to represent the number 1 graduate college in Cambridge at CUSU meetings. I hope to be accessible to all Darwinians, not just as the swaps guy but as a member of the DCSA.

 

I have really enjoyed the swaps this year (Harry Potter at Clare, St Johns Punt Swap), and plan to organise fun swaps for you in the year to come!

 

Proposer: Mohamed Almarri (maama2)

Seconder: Torben Sell (ts671)

 

Candidate: Eliska Zlamalova

 

Dear Darwinians,

 

My name is Eliska and I am a first year PhD student in Cambridge Institute of Medical Research. 

It might sound cliché, but I love Darwin community. I think it is more friendly, international and mature than other colleges. That is also why I have chosen Darwin not only once, but twice - I have already completed my master’s degree as a proud Darwinian. 

 

I am spending a lot of time around college mainly because I am rowing and working in DarBar. These are excellent ways of creating friendships built on “work hard and party hard” basis. I have also been a drinks officer for May Ball 2017, which was a valuable experience testing all skills necessary for event organisation. Moreover, I helped prepare several BOPs which further convinced me that I enjoy planning events for Darwin students.

 

I am now applying to be a DCSA external officer to give back to community that supported me so much. I am excited to represent Darwin at CUSU meetings, to arrange formal dinners for Darwinians, and to host other students in Darwin presenting our college at its best. Finally, I want to help and cooperate with the rest of DCSA.

 

Proposer: Luis Nobre (ln280)

Seconder: Torben Sell (ts671)

 

 

Candidate: Matthew Bovingdon-Downe

 

As regards the organising of formal swaps, I am appreciative of the need for cultivating a strong relationship with external officers at other colleges. If elected, I will make early efforts to reach out to my fellow EOs in anticipation of potential swaps. I would also broaden and extend the remit of the EO role beyond Formal Halls, working perhaps with our various student societies to set up swaps of other kinds. For instance, there are sports not yet catered for at Darwin, and so perhaps developing a stronger intercollegiate network for the pooling of players, or the arrangement of college contests, or taster sessions, might be productive.

 

A high proportion of our students are only resident for one year, and are keen to see as much of the University as possible, and of course to network effectively (and enjoyably). I would like to ensure that members are given equal opportunity in attending swaps. For instance releasing tickets in batches, or at different times of the day, might enable those whose schedules prevent easy access to the booking system. There is also a college-collecting mentality amongst many of the more long haul members. It might therefore be fun to set up a system of souvenirs for each swap attended - pin badges, or a kind of college bingo perhaps? (I’m riffing here.)

 

To be elected DCSA External Officer for the coming year would be a great privilege and an exciting new challenge. I understand and appreciate the importance of forming effective relationships with the DCSA Committee and its members, Ivan and the team, and of course the Porters. I am (I am told) an affable host, and will be a dependable representative of our unique College. I hope you can deem me a plausible enough candidate for the role.

 

Proposer: Oli Fleck (orf22)

Seconder: Torben Sell (ts671)

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

 

 

JOIN THE DCSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AS EXTERNAL OFFICER!

Our External Officer is responsible for organising Formal swaps with other Colleges and for hosting other Colleges when they visit Darwin for formal swaps. You will also represent the DCSA at CUSU meetings, alongside the President. 
 
You can apply by submitting a short manifesto (around 200 words) stating why you would be good for the position and what you plan to do once in office. Submit manifestos to the DCSA Secretary, Jezebel Mansell (kjcm2) and copy in the DCSA President, Torben Sell (ts671), as well as a proposer and seconder, by midnight on Sunday 15th July. All applicants will then be invited to the DCSA hustings on Monday 16th July at 8pm to answer questions from the student body about their plans for the role.
 
Elections will then open on ‪Wednesday 18th July at 9am‬ and close ‪at midnight on Friday 20th.‬
 
If you would like to know more about the position, or what it is like to be on the DCSA Executive Committee, please contact the current President, Torben, who was also the former External Officer.

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.

 

 

Monday 11th June 2018

 

JOIN THE DCSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AS ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER II !

The DCSA Executive Committee has two Entertainment Officers. We have recently elected an Entertainments Officer onto the DCSA Executive Committee, and are now looking to find a second Entertainments Officer through Co-Option.

Our Ents Officers work together to coordinate, organise, and promote the Darwin BOPs. They are responsible for the music, decorations, security, and all other financial and administrative work that comes with it!

You can apply by submitting a short manifesto (around 200 words) stating why you would be good for the position and what you plan to do once in office (note: you don't need a proposer and seconder). Submit manifestos to the DCSA Secretary, Daniel Dennis (djd49), while cc'ing the DCSA President, Luis Nobre (ln280) by 7pm on Sunday 17th June. All applicants will then be invited to the DCSA Regular Meeting on Tuesday 19th June 8pm to meet the committee and have a brief chat about what they want to do in the role.

If you would like to know more about the position, or what it is like to be on the DCSA Executive Committee, please contact 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.

 

 

Friday 25th May 2018

 

DCSA Easter Elections

 

The DCSA is seeking to elect new representatives for the upcoming year! You can read their manifestos below. Come along to the hustings/GM (29th May, 20.00, Darwin College common room) to meet the candidates! Voting will be online from the 30th May - 1st June via the link below:

 

https://www.vote.cusu.cam.ac.uk/dar-dcsa/17-18/dcsaeaster/

 

President

Candidate: Torben Sell

 

Hello Darwin!

I am Torben, and I’m running for President of the DCSA.

For two years I’ve been very involved in college life, I sing in the Darwin choir, became a captain of the punt club, and visit DarBar regularly. The great atmosphere in Darwin motivated me to join the DCSA as external officer in November, and as such I’ve enjoyed organising formal swaps and representing Darwin to other colleges, as well as at CUSU council.

I’ve decided to run for President, as I want to be in the best position to ensure that Darwin continues to be the open, welcoming, and warm place which I have always experienced it to be!

After discussing the role with the out-going president Luís, I am now convinced that I possess the required skills: I have experience in leadership positions, I’ve sat on both College and Universitywide committees, I am very organised, and relatively stress-resistant. Fortunately, my PhD in mathematics allows flexible working hours, which also suits such a position very well.

Most importantly, I will always listen to your thoughts, concerns, and ideas: my goal as president is to make certain that your time here is the best possible!

 

Proposer: Jezebel Mansell (kjcm2)

Seconder: Luís Nobre (ln280)

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Secretary

Candidate: Jezebel Mansell

 

Hello, I’m Jezebel. Some of you may have seen me at the bar, but hopefully also in my capacity as student librarian at the study centre. I’m in my second year of a PhD in French Literature and Film, and I’m running for Secretary of the DCSA.

I’ve spoken to Dan, the current Secretary, to get to grips with the various roles and responsibilities involved in the position. I’m really hoping to be able to continue his great work, facilitating the smooth running of DCSA meetings and of wider college life. I have sat on college committee meetings in the past two years, and have an awareness of the workings of the college from the student perspective but also understand the hard work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ every day to ensure our college experience is a happy one.

I’ve loved my time at Darwin so far, and hope to take on a more central role in making the college a great base for all. I’m confident that I have many of the organizational, technical, and personal skills necessary to ensure this – and would look forward to learning the rest.

Proposer: Daniel Dennis (djd49)

Seconder: Luís Nobre (ln280)

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Treasurer

Candidate: Christina Courreges

 

Hello, I am Christina and the current DCSA Treasurer. I am re-running for this position because I consider this the best way to actively take part in shaping College life for current and new members!

As the Treasurer, I have been overlooking the DCSA's budget to ensure that it is spent in ways to provide Darwinians a great time at College. To this end, every society/club has obtained nearly the full requested amount and I have successfully raised two motions to make sure that the engagement of Darwinians in DCSA events, clubs, and societies is given some appreciation.

Holding this position for one year has given me insights into the implications and working mechanisms of the DCSA. I wish to use this knowledge to support the work of the new DCSA EC while at the same time performing a better job as Treasurer – focusing on transparency, efficacy, and fairness. If re-elected, I will keep engaging myself in College life beyond the tasks associated with the Treasurer’s position and the routine of the DCSA. Most importantly, I want to be approachable for everyone and actively contribute to making your time here as great as possible!

 

Proposer: Jon Roozenbeek (jjr51)

Seconder: Adria Salvador-Palau (as2636)

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Admiral of the Punts

Candidate: James Macdonald

 

Hello I’m James, a first year engineering PhD student. I’m running for Admiral of the Punts after a successful first term in 2017/18.  I believe the continuity of a second term will build on the experience gained in the first term to enable a long term strategy.

 

My core aim has been to create an inclusive atmosphere accessible and welcoming to all Darwin students. This has been achieved with a successful run of events including new additions to the calendar such as trips to Grantchester, Singing on the River and a Punting Formal Swap. I have also put in place a web-based booking system which had been requested several times before by students. Behind the scenes I have also worked hard to ensure we have a healthy fleet through the addition of a new punt and making several pre-emptive repairs. I have implemented a new accounting system which has allowed for simple, effective cash handling with better traceability.

 

My running for a second term is supported by the major college staff who interface with the punt club as well as the student punt captains. I am planning to add even more events including an expedition to see the Grantchester bats and would like to explore novel solutions to reduce annual operating costs.

 

Proposer: Luís Nobre

Seconder: Torben Sell 

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Women’s Welfare Officer (1 position, 2 candidates)

Candidate: Jyothi Jayaraman

 

Hi! I’m Jyothi and I am running for Women's Welfare Officer. I’m a first year PhD student who’s trying to unravel the immunogenetic secrets of pregnancy!

 

The friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Darwin (which is just a reflection of all the awesome students who are a part of it) is the inspiration for my decision to apply for this position. I would love to be a part of the governance of the college whilst providing support to fellow Darwinians.

 

Having lived and worked in Cambridge for a long time before starting my PhD, I am aware how stressful doing a degree in this crazy city can be. This is why I understand how important it is to have a good welfare team whom you can rely on for support.

 

Having spoken to Janna, our current Women's Welfare Officer, I really think I would be good for this role as I’m a friendly, warm and open person who loves a chat (and hugs)! If elected, I look forward to working with the other welfare officers to create and sustain a safe and welcoming environment for everyone and particularly focus on events that help students manage stress.

 

Don’t forget to be awesome!

 

Proposer: Luís Nobre

Seconder: Janna Hastings

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Women’s Welfare Officer (1 position, 2 candidates)

Candidate: Chiara Toschi

 

Hi, my name is Chiara, I’m a second year PhD student in neuroscience. I have a background in Psychology and I have always been interested in students’ welfare and wellbeing.

 

In the past I volunteered for organisations such as Nightline where I received training on listening to students in a non-judgmental and confidential way. I talked to the current Women Welfare Officer and I believe I have what it takes to be a good candidate for the position, most importantly I think I would be capable of and ready to be a first point of contact for women in need.

 

As the Women Welfare Officer I would like to organise a few events aimed at women especially, but also the general public. Some of these include: a talk on female sexuality, as I believe there is very little knowledge on the matter and little contribution from scientific research.

 

Additionally, in face of recent claims suggesting that academics are at higher risk of developing mental health issues, I would also like to organise an event to discuss the outcomes of research done on this topic and to identify potential strategies to maximise wellbeing in academia. 

 

 

Proposer: Janna Hastings (jh2000)

Seconder: Giulia Barsuola (gb560)

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Men’s Welfare Officer

Candidate: Vinay Malhotra

 

Hi I’m Vinay, I am a Ph.D student and have been a member of Darwin since Michaelmas 2014; and I would like to run for male welfare officer. I have been involved in welfare since I started my undergraduate in 2011, in both using the welfare system and offering support to fellow students both in Cambridge and elsewhere.

I have previously supported students with issues including sexual health, family bereavement, stress and anxiety and interpersonal. To become a more effective in the way I offer help, I also a trained to be Peer2Peer supporter to cope with very sensitive situations. With my experience and training I really feel I have a lot to offer Darwinians.

As male welfare officer, I will provide a non-judgmental and confidential space for discussing issues and helping students obtain the help they need to maintain their wellbeing during their time in Darwin.

 

Proposer: Torben Sell

Seconder: Sophie Wrixon

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Sports and Societies Officer

Candidate: Mohamed Almarri

 

Hello!

 

I’m Mo, a former crime scene investigator (no really) and currently a 2nd year PhD student exploring human evolutionary genetics. I’m the guy that probably pestered you about trying salsa throughout the year (just give it a go!). I’m re-running for Sports and Societies Officer hoping to continue to be involved in college and raise the issues affecting our societies to the DSCA executive committee. Societies and clubs play an important role in creating the social and friendly environment in Darwin, and - if elected - I look forward to working with them to continue making Darwin a great place to be a student.

 

I'm active in college and have attended most of the social events since I've started my PhD -  from fresher’s week, all the bops, open mic nights to the May ball. I have organized a successful Darwin-Wolfson Sports and Societies Day in Oxford which almost 50 Darwinians attended and I am planning some inter-college events in the future. As the previous officer, I understand the responsibilities of the position and believe I am the most suited for the role.

 

Best wishes,

Mo

 

Proposer: Chris Davis (ccd38)

Seconder: Daniel Dennis (djd49)

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Entertainments Officer

Candidate: Jessica Elmer

 

Hi, I'm Jess, i am a second year PhD student in the Genetics department and I am running for Ents officer. Some fun facts about me:

 

I am very organised and I like beer and Darwin.

 

My favourite shows are Queer Eye and Love Island.

 

My favourite pub in Cambridge is The Punter.

 

My favourite beer is Mosaic Pale Ale but really I wouldn't say no to any.

 

My favourite food shop is Aldi.

 

My favourite clubs in Cambridge are Spoons and Lolas.

 

These things combined I feel would make me a great Ents officer. I'd love to organise the best bops ever! Vote for Jess!

 

Proposer: Bethan Manley

Seconder: Ian Hay

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College Council Representative (2 positions, 2 candidates)

Candidate: Charlotte Tumescheit

 

I am Lotti (Charlotte) and one of your current college council reps. Over the last year I sat on the college council to ensure that the needs of all parties in College are being met.

 

I am very involved in college life, some of you might know me from helping running the Yoga and the Running Society. I would also like to continue sitting on the DCSA and the Information Systems Committee, as I think that some continuity would benefit the current developments.

 

The fact that I am highly involved in college life and my experience from sitting on the College Council last year will enable me to continue to give a students opinion on important college matters that reflects the interests of all parties in College.

 

I am a second year PhD student.

 

Proposer: Luís Nobre

Seconder: Simon Ramirez-Hinestrosa

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College Council Representative (2 positions, 2 candidates)

Candidate: Daniel Dennis

 

Dearest Darwinians,

 

Hopefully you’ll recognise me as your DCSA Secretary (the enthusiastic minute-taker at General Meetings), your LGBT+ representative the year before, or perhaps just the #PhDont student helping to prop-up DarBar. I'm asking you to elect me as your College Council Representative so I can continue to represent your views, values and interests to the College.

 

Throughout my time as a Darwinian, I have played an active role in representing your views and protecting your interests when the College makes important strategic and everyday decisions. I have been an effective member of College Committees including the Education and Research Committee, the Darwin College Society Committee, the Meals Committee and the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Such experience has helped me foster a level of influence that I’d like to continue to grow and utilise in the representation of your needs. Such influence, for example, played a key role in ensuring the Rainbow Flag flew over Darwin, during the LGBT+ History Month (2016/17), for the first time in College History!

 

If you elect me, I will continue to ensure that the College keeps your interests at the forefront of its decision-making, keeping Darwin the best place to be in Cambridge.

 

Dan

 

Proposer: Luís Nobre

Seconder: Torben Sell

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Friday 11th May 2018

 

EASTER GENERAL MEETING - 29TH May


The Easter General Meeting of the Darwin College Students' Association will be on 29th May. This is your opportunity to bring items that matter to you to be discussed with the wider student body, and to exercise your democratic vote in any decisions made.

Please do come along. Firstly, because we will offer free wine, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Secondly, because we need around 70 members to attend so we can make decisions that may well affect your student experience at Darwin! Thirdly because you will have a chance to meet the candidates running for the DCSA Executive committee which will represent you for the next year!!

Any Darwin student can propose a motion to be discussed at the General Meeting. If you would like to discuss a motion, please submit a (no more than) 200 word summary of your motion, including your CRSId, to the DCSA Secretary (dcsa_secretary@darwin.cam.ac.uk), while cc’ing the DCSA President (dcsa_president@darwin.cam.ac.uk) and the Seconder of your motion. The deadline for the submission of motions is 20:00 on 27th May.

For more information about how this meeting will run, then please see Regulation E of the DCSA Schedule and Regulations. Or just ask Dan, the DCSA Secretary.


DCSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

The DCSA Executive Committee consists of up to 20 volunteering PhD and MPhil students who fill a variety of roles and sit on various college committees. Executive Committee members are primarily elected to their positions in the Easter and Michaelmas DCSA elections. The Committee is responsible for a lot of different things, including organising events, looking after the welfare of students, managing the DCSA budget (including budget allocations for sports clubs and societies), and is there to listen to and voice any concerns from any DCSA member. There are roles to suit everyone and each post has a different workload commitment, so whether you want to be heavily involved or have less time to spare, there is sure to be a role suited for you. Being on the DCSA is definitely a great way to get involved in College life, but it's also a great way to meet lots of new people – not only on the Committee, but through all the events. In return for giving their time to the DCSA, certain Committee members can request a College room allocation for the year. All Committee members are invited to at least two DCSA Executive Committee dinners a year and are often invited to College events, such as the Darwin College Commemoration Dinner and the Annual Darwin Dinner. All positions are for one year. All DCSA Executive Committee members (including those sitting ex officio) must attend fortnightly committee meetings held on Tuesdays at 20.00. (After the meetings most of us will end up in the bar!) Additionally, everyone is expected to help out at DCSA events.

If you want to apply for a position 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. All 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 DCSA Secretary Daniel Dennis (dcsa_secretary [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk) while cc'ing in the DCSA President, Luis Nobre (dcsa_president [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk), and your proposer and seconder.

All applicants are invited to the hustings on Tuesday 29th May 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 24th May. Manifestos will be posted on the on the DCSA website, the Darwin Students' Facebook group, and sent via WhatsUp at least 48 hours before the GM.

See below for all the positions that are available in the Easter 2018 elections and a description of each role.

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President
The President is the representative of the DCSA to College, voicing the opinions of the students to all College members. They coordinate the committee by chairing DCSA Regular Meetings and General Meetings. The President works very closely with the Secretary, Treasurer, and the rest of the committee to ensure work is completed. The President sits on the College Council as a student representative, attends fortnightly CUSU meetings, sits on the Strategic Planning Committee, and often sits on one or two other college committees. For more information about the role contact Luis, dcsa_president [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

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Secretary
The Secretary is the administrator of the committee and Vice President. Alongside the President they ensure that meetings and DCSA business run smoothly. The Secretary ensures up-to-date files of the DCSA's affairs, minutes, and policy documents are maintained, including the DCSA Constitution and Schedule and Regulations. The Secretary is in charge of the TV room and its bookings, sits on the Building and Grounds Committee, and sit on the Darwin College Society Committee. Importantly, the Secretary is the person responsible for chairing meetings and running the committee, should the President be unavailable for any reason. For more information contact Dan: dcsa_secretary [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

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Treasurer
The Treasurer is in charge of all the finances in the DCSA, reports how much is spent, and assesses the feasibility of projects on a financial basis. The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring all the clubs and societies receive the required funding to run, whilst ensuring that the money they ask for is necessary for what they want to do. They are responsible for maintaining accurate financial records, maintaining inventories for each club/society, and checking the validity of all paperwork submitted for reimbursement. The Treasurer sits on the College Finance Committee. For more information contact Christina: dcsa_treasurer [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

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Women's Welfare Officer
The Women's Welfare Officer is the student contact for students who or in need of help or advice. They advise students on how to deal with their problems and who they should contact to get the help they require. The Women's Welfare Officer is responsible for representing and furthering the needs of female students. Along with the Men's Welfare Officer, they will organise welfare events throughout the year. Only self-identifying women can apply for this role. For more information contact Janna: dcsa_womens_welfare [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

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Men's Welfare Officer
The Men's Welfare Officer is the student contact for students who or in need of help or advice. They advise students on how to deal with their problems and who they should contact to get the help they require. The Men's Welfare Officer is responsible for representing and furthering the needs of male students. Along with the Women's Welfare Officer, they will organise welfare events throughout the year. Only self-identifying men can apply for this role. For more information contact Aleix: dcsa_mens_welfare [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

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Admiral of the Punts
The Admiral of the Punts is responsible for all the vessels the punt club owns, including the punts, kayaks, canoe, and the equipment that comes along with them. They are the President of the Punt Club and manage the membership, the financial and administrative work, and the maintenance of the vessels. They work with several trusted punt captains to ensure the work is done. For more information contact the outgoing Admiral, James: dcsa_punts [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

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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 the outgoing Ents Officer Jessica: dcsa_ents [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

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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 Simon (continuing Officer) and Mo (outgoing Officer): dcsa_sports [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

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College Council Representative(s) (2 positions)
The College Council Reps are elected by the students to represent the College in College Council meetings and 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. For more information about the role contact the outgoing College Council Representatives Charlotte and Ben: dcsa_council_reps [at] darwin.cam.ac.uk.

Note: As mandated by the Statutes of the College, one of the two College Council Reps must already be in second year or above so please state in your manifesto which year of studies you are in.

 

2018 Referendum Statements

Dear Darwinians,

At the Michaelmas DCSA General Meeting, two motions that require constitutional changes were presented and voted in favour by the majority of students present. As a result, a referendum featuring both these motions will take place next week. Voting will be open from 9am Wednesday 14th March – 5pm Friday 16th March.

Motion A is unaccompanied by statements against/in favour of the motion. This is not the case for Motion B, as some students feel strongly about this. These statements were written by students and do not reflect the views of the DCSA Executive Committee.

According to our constitution, for the referendum to confirm the General Meeting's resolution there must be a two-thirds majority of primary members voting in favour, quorum being 15% of primary members.


**Motion A**
To mandate the DCSA Executive Committee to add the President of the Families Society to the DCSA Executive Committee in an ex officio capacity.

**Motion B**
The DCSA Constitution section 11.4 should be amended to include "Darwin clubs or societies that charge non-subsidised participation fees for guests are exempt from the 25% non-Darwinian membership limit".


*Supporting Statement*
We proposed this amendment as we felt the need to change our DCSA constitution to improve the number and quality of events for Darwinians. Currently, the DCSA constitution limits guest membership to 25%. Our amendment would exempt societies that charge guests unsubsidised prices, such as Salsa and Yoga.

In Yoga, guests pay £6 per class while Darwinians pay £1. Therefore, guests pay significantly more for the use of space, equipment, and teaching. All profits are then used to further subsidise Darwinians, and thanks to such profits, Salsa can run free events for Darwinians each term and has introduced one extra pair of teachers. Since classes require the same investment for teaching and equipment for 10 students as for 20 students, we can profit by allowing guests to fill any remaining places. However, as written in the DCSA constitution, Darwinians will always be prioritised.

This amendment cannot be abused, as it only applies to societies that charge guests unsubsidised fees. A club with minimal Darwinian participation would never be funded in the first place. It is not realistic to imagine a society where only a small fraction are Darwinian participants, because the DCSA requires proof of Darwin interest each year and allocates funding.

Guests bring expertise for their activities and allow classes to continue running during summer months. An exclusive society is not in the Darwinian spirit, and banning or restricting guests would destroy the vibe of the communities we have built.

By voting yes for this amendment, you are voting to keep two of the most popular societies of Darwin functioning to their best capacity. You are voting to make a positive change for all Darwinians now and in the future.

This amendment is supported by Alena Giesche from Darwin College Yoga and Eirini Vamva from Darwin Cuban Salsa Society.

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*Opposing Statement*
Worryingly, the DCSA Committee have stated they will not define what “non-subsidised participation fees” are until AFTER the referendum, so you are essentially voting in a referendum where you haven’t been told what you’re voting for. We don’t know whether clubs can use DCSA funds to buy equipment etc., with non-members not being asked to contribute to the costs. The promise that “non-subsidised participation fees” will cover non-members’ costs is false. This highlights the significant concern raised by many Darwinians at the Michaelmas GM: DCSA clubs could comprise of 99% non-Darwinians if the referendum passes and would be given DCSA budget to fund their club.

DCSA funds come from YOUR student fees and are meant to benefit YOU – not non-members. The cap was lowered from 30% in 2017 – through Darwin students voting in a referendum – to ensure Darwinians are the ones who benefit from DCSA funds. There is no way to know how much money could be directed away from Darwin students if the 25% cap is removed. The cap must remain to ensure Darwinians remain the main beneficiary of funds and the focus of DCSA clubs.

“Yes” voters have not accounted for the fact that college room hire charges, set by the Domestic Bursar, will be reviewed if the referendum passes and a majority of non-Darwinians attend clubs held on college grounds. Prices for participating Darwinians could increase to cover these additional costs AND/OR more DCSA budget spent on room hire, potentially taking budget away from clubs adhering to the cap.
The referendum doesn’t just impact the two clubs pushing for it this year, but all clubs, and any new clubs that could form to take advantage of the constitutional change.

Darwinians: you must VOTE NO, especially if you’re unsure or don’t understand the magnitude of a “yes” vote.

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Monday 12th March 2018

 

JOIN THE DCSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AS ENVIRONMENTAL AND ETHICAL AFFAIRS OR ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER
 
The DCSA Executive Committee is looking to fill the two vacant positions through Co-Option. You can apply by submitting a short manifesto (around 200 words) stating why you would be good for the position and what you plan to do once in office (note: you don't need a proposer and seconder). Submit manifestos to the DCSA Secretary, Daniel Dennis (djd49), while cc'ing the DCSA President, Luis Nobre (ln280) by 7pm on Sunday 18th March. All applicants will then be invited to the DCSA Regular Meeting on Tuesday 20th March 8pm to meet the committee and have a brief chat about what they want to do in the role.
 
Here's a brief description of the roles available:
 
ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER  (1 position available)
 
The DCSA Executive Committee has two Entertainment Officers. They coordinate, organise, and promote the Darwin BOPs. They are responsible for the music, decorations, security, and all other financial and administrative work that comes with it. 
 
 
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ETHICAL AFFAIRS (1 position available)
 
The Environmental and Ethical Affairs Officer is responsible for the coordination and implementation of environmental and ethical issues, and organisation of college events that promote awareness of these issues. They may manage the student vegetable garden, which has currently been delegated to the DCSA Gardening Society. Previous post-holders have sat on the Buildings and Grounds Committee. 
 
 
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 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.
 
 
SUPPORT THE UCU STRIKE!
 
The DCSA, CUSU and GU fully support UCU on their industrial action, to defend cuts to the USS. We encourage the University to oppose the changes fully, by urging UUK to lift their preconditions to the talks.
 
This week the strike will last from monday to friday. The DCSA would like to encourage Darwin students who are employed by the university to join the strike!
 
We would also like to encourage students who are employed by the university to teach to join UCU, and for students who do not teach to join as student members (both are free - https://www.ucu.org.uk/join).
 
If you'd like to read more about the strike, here's a few useful links:
 

 

Wednesday 7th March 2018

DCSA REFERENDUM

At the Michaelmas DCSA General Meeting, two motions that require constitutional changes were presented and voted in favour by the majority of students present. 
As a result, a referendum featuring both these motions will take place next week. Voting will be open from 9am Wednesday 14th March – 5pm Friday 16th March.
Motion A is unaccompanied by statements against/in favour of the motion. This is not the case for Motion B, as some students feel strongly about this. 
These statements were written by students and do not reflect the views of the DCSA Executive Committee.

According to our constitution, for the referendum to confirm the General Meeting's resolution there must be a two-thirds majority of primary members voting in favour, quorum being 15% of primary members.

 

Motion A: To mandate the DCSA Executive Committee to add the President of the Families Society to the DCSA Executive Committee in an ex officio capacity.

 

Motion B: The DCSA Constitution section 11.4 should be amended to include "Darwin clubs or societies that charge non-subsidised participation fees for guests are exempt from the 25% non-Darwinian membership limit".

 

Supporting Statement:

We proposed this amendment as we felt the need to change our DCSA constitution to improve the number and quality of events for Darwinians. Currently, the DCSA constitution limits guest membership to 25%. Our amendment would exempt societies that charge guests unsubsidised prices, such as Salsa and Yoga.

In Yoga, guests pay £6 per class while Darwinians pay £1. Therefore, guests pay significantly more for the use of space, equipment, and teaching. All profits are then used to further subsidise Darwinians, and thanks to such profits, Salsa can run free events for Darwinians each term and has introduced one extra pair of teachers. Since classes require the same investment for teaching and equipment for 10 students as for 20 students, we can profit by allowing guests to fill any remaining places. However, as written in the DCSA constitution, Darwinians will always be prioritised.

This amendment cannot be abused, as it only applies to societies that charge guests unsubsidised fees. A club with minimal Darwinian participation would never be funded in the first place. It is not realistic to imagine a society where only a small fraction are Darwinian participants, because the DCSA requires proof of Darwin interest each year and allocates funding.

Guests bring expertise for their activities and allow classes to continue running during summer months. An exclusive society is not in the Darwinian spirit, and banning or restricting guests would destroy the vibe of the communities we have built.

By voting yes for this amendment, you are voting to keep two of the most popular societies of Darwin functioning to their best capacity. You are voting to make a positive change for all Darwinians now and in the future.

This amendment is supported by Alena Giesche from Darwin College Yoga and Eirini Vamva from Darwin Cuban Salsa Society.

 

Opposing Statement:

Worryingly, the DCSA Committee have stated they will not define what “non-subsidised participation fees” are until AFTER the referendum, so you are essentially voting in a referendum where you haven’t been told what you’re voting for. We don’t know whether clubs can use DCSA funds to buy equipment etc., with non-members not being asked to contribute to the costs. The promise that “non-subsidised participation fees” will cover non-members’ costs is false. This highlights the significant concern raised by many Darwinians at the Michaelmas GM: DCSA clubs could comprise of 99% non-Darwinians if the referendum passes and would be given DCSA budget to fund their club.

DCSA funds come from YOUR student fees and are meant to benefit YOU – not non-members. The cap was lowered from 30% in 2017 – through Darwin students voting in a referendum – to ensure Darwinians are the ones who benefit from DCSA funds. There is no way to know how much money could be directed away from Darwin students if the 25% cap is removed. The cap must remain to ensure Darwinians remain the main beneficiary of funds and the focus of DCSA clubs.

“Yes” voters have not accounted for the fact that college room hire charges, set by the Domestic Bursar, will be reviewed if the referendum passes and a majority of non-Darwinians attend clubs held on college grounds. Prices for participating Darwinians could increase to cover these additional costs AND/OR more DCSA budget spent on room hire, potentially taking budget away from clubs adhering to the cap.

The referendum doesn’t just impact the two clubs pushing for it this year, but all clubs, and any new clubs that could form to take advantage of the constitutional change.

Darwinians: you must VOTE NO, especially if you’re unsure or don’t understand the magnitude of a “yes” vote.

 

 
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

 

 

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