Student Senate unanimously approved a resolution to amend the Student Union constitution by adding instructions to fill vacant student government positions Wednesday. Oversight committee chair Ben Noe said the subcommittee for constitutional reforms recommended several changes that he and his committee wrote into a resolution. The first addition inserted a clause detailing the procedures to remove a committee chair. Previously, the constitution did not contain a way to remove a chair if necessary. “This is kind of a problem because if committee chairs are slacking and not doing their jobs right, they may need to be removed,” Noe said. The resolution also modified the instructions for the selection of the Student Union treasure. “In the constitution the way the Student Union treasurer is replaced is that they appoint one of the assistant Student Union treasurers,” Noe said. “What if neither of the assistants are available to take the role of the Student Union treasurer?” Following the amendment, if this scenario were to occur, the Student Union treasurer would have two options. If he or she was available to serve another term, the treasurer could reappoint himself or herself. Otherwise, the treasurer can open the position up to applications from the student body. “We thought this increased the transparency and openness of student government so we can get some people who have not been involved in student government for years at a time into the top positions,” he said. Similarly, another clause opened up the positions of judicial council vice presidents to the entire student body. While the judicial council president has the final say over who is selected as vice presidents, Noe said this step encourages students who have not previously been involved with the council to apply. “Once again, this is with the intent of increasing the openness of student government,” he said. “We’re trying to make positions of some authority open to everyone.” The last modification to the constitution eased the process of replacing officer positions. “These changes are being made to make student government more open to the student body as a whole, and also to just make some technical changes that needed to be made,” Noe said.
A 30-year-0ld Donegal man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty at Derry Crown Court to injuring a child and a woman in a hit-and-run incident on a Co Derry beach last year.Paul John Doherty, of Ballynahone, Fahan in Co. Donegal, pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to an incident in which a mother and her child were injured when struck by a red BMW on Benone Beach on 21 July.Doherty admitted two charges of dangerous driving on the beach and at Seacoast Road, Limavady. He also pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop at, report and remain at an accident in which injury had occurred.Defence barrister Joe Brolly told the court Doherty had expressed “deep regret” about the incident.Adjourning sentencing to 31 March next for pre-sentence reports, Judge Phillip Babington released Doherty on continuing bail.DONEGAL MAN ‘DEEPLY REGRETS’ HIT-AND-RUN BEACH INCIDENT, BARRISTER TELLS COURT was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, whose joining the Aam Aadmi Party was being seen as a foregone conclusion at one point, has left everyone guessing about his future plans.The party today said it was Sidhus decision to quit the Rajya Sabha and it will be “entirely” his call to join the outfit.Sidhu had on Friday met Delhi Chief Minister and AAPs National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal at the latters residence, but the party remained tight lipped on what transpired at the meeting.”It was Sidhus decision to quit the Rajya Sabha and we welcomed it. Now, it will be entirely his decision to join the party. The people of Punjab will decide who their MLA and the Chief Minister will be,” AAPs national spokesperson Dilip Pandey said.”Its not clear whether he will join the party and when, if he does. AAP was on high in Punjab even before he expressed his desire to join it. So things will not play out exactly the way he wants,” said another senior party leader.However, a party leader from Punjab said Sidhu is likely join the party soon.After his sudden resignation from the Rajya Sabha last month, the former BJP MP from Amritsar, had lashed out at the party leadership, but kept mum on his future plans.The buzz is that Sidhu is negotiating hard to be chief ministerial candidate of the party in Punjab and that he is also seeking a ticket for his wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, a BJP MLA from Amritsar (Rural).advertisementThe party at the time of his quitting the Rajya Sabha seat had made it clear that his joining will be not be on any term or condition. Also, the AAPs constitution does not permit giving tickets to two members of a family. PTI SBR/PR GVS ZMN GVS