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.
“I think every game is a test for us. Our idea is that going forwards we are going to be in a position where we can challenge consistently at that level next year. Traditionally for many years Liverpool has been the top team in the city, no question about that. “Obviously last year Everton finished above ourselves but for us it is very important to finish as high as we possibly can. We had a difficult start and didn’t win a game until the end of September but the players and staff have worked very hard. “We just have to maintain the standards we have set in the second half of the season. Last week (a 6-0 win at Newcastle) we had that and for us the idea is to maintain that standard. Whether we win 6-0 or 1-0 the objective will be to win the game. “We have three games left and we want to win every game.” It will be Rodgers’ first experience of an Anfield derby, having seen his side concede a 2-0 lead at Goodison Park earlier in the season. “I am really looking forward to feeling the atmosphere at Anfield. I think all derby matches have an intensity to them,” he said. “As a manager every game is important, derby games in particular, but the concentration has to be controlled. “These games are always intense and there is passion but they are not always the best games. But you have two teams who will be fierce and competitive but who will want to play the game in the right way.” A win for the Toffees – who have not been victorious at Anfield since 1999 – would ensure they finished above their near-neighbours for the second successive season. That would also be the first time that has happened since the Reds returned to the top flight in 1962, but Rodgers dismissed suggestions the match symbolised a power shift on Merseyside. “It is not a benchmark, it is another game to show we have the qualities to compete,” he said. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Sunday’s 220th Merseyside derby does not represent a significant landmark in the fortunes of both clubs.
Fifth-placed Spurs twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, but their fate is no longer in their own hands ahead of matches with Stoke and Sunderland. Villas-Boas’ side are one point behind Arsenal and three behind Chelsea and have a far inferior goal difference to their London rivals. “The destiny’s not in our hands any more,” the Portuguese said. “What we have to do is what we had to do also, to win the next fixtures and hopefully see if somebody can slip up and change our position.” Villas-Boas expects the next round of fixtures – Chelsea’s match at Aston Villa on Saturday, Spurs’ Sunday contest with Stoke and Arsenal’s Tuesday clash with FA Cup finalists Wigan – will determine the top-four battle. “This next fixture is decisive for everybody,” he said. “Arsenal has had this whole time to rest (since playing at QPR last Saturday). It won’t be an advantage for Wigan to play after an FA Cup final so early, but that’s the reality. Chelsea have a difficult game at Villa, we have an extremely difficult game against Stoke. I think anything can happen.” Villas-Boas praised the contribution of Emmanuel Adebayor in a match he described as one of the games of the season. “Adebayor’s performance was absolutely outstanding,” the Spurs boss said. “He’s been struggling with knee pain and he put himself forward for the team with a great game and a great performance.” Chelsea must wait to secure their Champions League return after being pegged back twice by Spurs. Interim boss Rafael Benitez was frustrated by his side’s failure to net a third and end the match as a contest and lamented the defensive failings which contributed to Spurs’ equalisers. “We had the chances on counter attacks to score the third goal and finish the game,” Benitez said. “It was an open game. We were in control and we didn’t win. “Adebayor was offside, but still we have to defend a little bit better. The tempo of the game was too high. It was massive for both teams. We didn’t have legs. We had players that were tired, especially in the wide areas. We had a problem with the (Spurs) full-backs going forward.” Andre Villas-Boas expects twists and turns in the final two matches of the Barclays Premier League season as his Tottenham side hope to sneak into the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea or Arsenal. Press Association