Access blog breaches rules in OUSU election contest

first_imgOUSU’s Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs has been reprimanded by the Returning Officer after attempts to promote a new initiative violated electoral rules.James Lamming is responsible for a new section of OUSU’s website where current students can submit profiles of their experiences applying to and being interviewed at Oxford.At hustings held last Friday, Lamming asked the candidates for President to send in profiles of themselves, suggesting that it would provide good publicity and that he would publish on his blog the order in which profiles arrive.However, Returning Officer James Dray ruled that Lamming was in direct violation of electoral rules as the blog would give unequal publicity on a media platform.Lamming said, “Early on Saturday afternoon I sent each of the candidates who had said yes to my request an email reminding them of their promise in hustings the previous day, and explained the details of what was needed in an interview profile.”He added to candidates that by doing so they would be engineering positive exposure for their up-coming election.“In the emails, I said that I would publish in my blog on Monday the order in which profiles arrive, giving the implied threat that the student body would know which candidates matched their words with deeds. I also offered ‘bonus points’ for candidates who solicited further profiles from their friends to help me collect dozens and dozens of profiles,” he said.The Returning Officer was forced to contact Lamming as his actions flouted electoral rules.Dray said, “I banned the candidates from submitting the profiles as soon as I heard what was happening, as it violates the restrictions on certain types of electronic communication as well as the need for fair and equal coverage.”Lamming criticised the regulations’ implications, saying, “James Dray is justified in enforcing the rules, which turn out to be fairly clear against what I was light-heartedly suggesting to do. However, on a more serious point, I think it is a shame that students can’t discover which candidates are just hot air; promising much but doing little.“The website is becoming really valuable, so it is a shame some of the candidates aren’t helping out when they said they would, but I hope other students across Oxford will act and send in a profile,” he added.last_img read more

Senate meets with officials, discusses GreeNDot proposal

first_imgIn a meeting last night in the Lafortune Student Center, the Notre Dame student senate met with Club Coordination Council (CCC) chair Jordan Isner to discuss CCC fund allocation and expenses. It was the first meeting between the two organizations since legislation was passed mandating CCC leadership meet with the senate at least once a semester.Isner, a senior, explained to the senate the function of the CCC, the process by which it allocates funds to clubs, how it decides which clubs receive cuts or support, how it reallocates funds during the winter and spring, alternative methods to funding clubs, the six types of clubs and the percent of expenses for clubs covered by the Student Union. Per Isner’s presentation, about 16% of clubs’ total expenses are covered by assistance from CCC funds, as compared to the 31% to 100% of expenses covered by the Student Union for the various student councils, Student Union Board and other student government organizations. The next slide revealed clubs receive 40% of all funds while the student government received 58% of all funds.Isner explained to the senators at the meeting the 40% figure marked a 3% increase from last year due to legislation passed in the spring, and a substantial amount of CCC’s funds go towards club sports. These facts and figures prompted a discussion as to whether or not clubs should be appropriated more money. Arguments amongst the senators primarily centered on the number of students these clubs catered towards, whether some of the more expensive clubs such as Men’s Rowing warranted their allocation of funds and other questions addressed toward Isner.“I was happy to get to talk to senate about how the spring allocation process went last spring,” Isner said after the meeting. “I think it’s important that the CCC remain as transparent as possible with the senate, and I look forward to working with the senate this semester to help clubs as much as possible.”Once debate had closed on the CCC presentation, the topic of next week’s meeting with the student union treasurer, senior Christine Arcoleo, was briefly mentioned. She is representing the Financial Management Board who allocates the previously mentioned 58% of funds for student government.“For next week, I’m excited to explain to the senate how the Financial Management Board allocates money to the various student union organizations,” Arcoleo said after the meeting, “It will be beneficial for us to have a debate discussing the discrepancies between the CCC’s funding and the student union organization’s funding.”The next topic of the night was a new resolution S01920-16, which is currently in committee. The resolution would seek to require that “all officials, elected and appointed, enumerated in [the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body] must complete a violence prevention training course as recommended by the University’s Gender Relations Center.” GreeNDot is the current recommended program.The resolution has not passed. Debate on the bill primarily focused on the usage of the word “must” as opposed to “should,” and potential ramifications to leaders who miss the established deadline. The usage of the word “must” would require punishments to those non-compliant, and “should” makes the resolution highly recommended but not actually required. Other concerns were about how many students would now need to be certified and when to schedule the course.Senators mentioned explicitly the offices this change would impact include: student body elected officials; the executive cabinet; class council elected officers but not members; Hall President Council’s chairs, presidents and vice presidents; CCC officers but not members; Judicial Council president and vice president but not subordinate members; freshman and hall representatives; all of Freshman Class Council and all of Financial Management Board. There are potentially other offices this would affect as well.Student body vice president Patrick McGuire, a junior, supported passing the resolution once it had gone back through constitutional committee to update the wording of the resolution. “I think having student leaders who are really visible being GreeNDot certified is a great way to have a very visible presence of violence prevention on campus,” McGuire said after the meeting.In an update from last week, student leaders from Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s met to discuss potential replacements for the recently-cancelled Midnight Express. The two main ideas floated was a subsidized ride sharing plan through Lyft or Uber, and a replacement shuttle owned by the University.Finally, the senate will be meeting in two weeks with Notre Dame Police Chief Keri Kei Shibata and associate vice president for residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell to discuss the changes to ID card access. The student government will also be hosting its student government “First Year Bonanza” this Sunday.Tags: Club Coordination Council, Financial Management Board, greeNDot, Midnight Express, Notre Dame Student Government, Senatelast_img read more

22 ‘Admiral Semmes’

first_imgBy Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaYellow is an eye-catching color in the landscape. It’s seldom seen in flowering shrubs. However, Admiral Semmes azalea (Rhododendron ‘Admiral Semmes’) not only has vibrant yellow flowers but is pleasantly fragrant, heat-tolerant and mildew-resistant, too. These outstanding qualities easily earned this golden beauty a place in the Georgia Gold Medal winners’ circle in 2007 as the year’s best shrub.Admiral Semmes azalea is the result of a hybrid cross between a large-flowered Exbury azalea called “Hotspur Yellow” and the native Florida azalea, Rhododendron austrinum.It was introduced by Dodd and Dodd Nurseries in Semmes, Ala., and named after Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes, whose record of 87 ships sunk or captured remains unbroken today.This fascinating azalea is hardy throughout Georgia and the Southeast. It can take temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s deciduous, so it’s best to use it behind other plants in a perennial border, where it fades into the background in the winter.Spectacular showIn early May, Admiral Semmes azalea’s vibrant yellow flowers appear before its foliage, providing a spectacular show. The tubular, medium-yellow flowers are borne in terminal clusters on the previous season’s growth. Its leaves are lustrous, dark green in the summer and turn orange-bronze in the fall.Admiral Semmes azalea looks terrific when you plant it next to other Georgia Gold Medal winners like Blue Anise sage (1995) or one of the burgundy loropetalums (1997).As with other azaleas, the partial shade of tall trees overhead is the ideal place for your new, yellow azalea. It will adapt to full-sun sites, though. You just need to water it during times when it isn’t raining enough.Admiral Semmes azaleas grow best in moist, well-drained, organic soils with a pH range from 4.5 to 6.0. “Well-drained” is the key. Planting it in places that don’t drain well is a sure death sentence.When you give it good growing conditions, Admiral Semmes azalea will reach 4 to 5 feet tall and equally wide after about 10 years. Prune it to shape it soon after it flowers each year.It doesn’t need a lot of feeding. A well-drained soil rich with organic matter is more important than fertilizer. Lightly apply an azalea-camellia type of fertilizer in the spring. That should be all the plant needs to thrive in your landscape.(Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 22last_img read more