CUSU column: Elections for financial enquiry members, Breaking the Silence and more

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At CUSU Council tonight (23rd October), four candidates stood for roles on the enquiry into CUSU's finances. In a series of speeches, prospective members of the enquiry detailed their experience on similar student groups, and what they hope to achieve.

Connor Macdonald, Emmanuel's current JCR president, mentioned his previous engagement with CUSU Council, saying he was a  "vocal member about CUSU finances”, which he "does not think is very sustainable.”

Angus Groom, a student at Trinity, stated he was running as he "thought that this enquiry is really important because … it’s about using the resources that CUSU has to make changes effectively.” He went on to note that as an economist, he “loves numbers and things like that”. His role would be to “not blame any particular individuals but broadly on what kinds of instititutional things we can change”

Daisy Eyre read the statement of Ryan Newman, whose speech detailed that "innocent mismanagement" had caused the financial issues, and that "rather than a proverbial witch hunt... lessons should be learned".

Eyre went on to apply herself for a role, saying that "it is her job to look into CUSU finances", and that she "agrees things cannot go on as they are". She also said "it makes sense for CUSU sabbatical officers to be on the enquiry because it is not a conflict of interest", as they are looking at "the future" of CUSU finances. 

There are three remaining positions available on the enquiry. 

According to the orginial motion, Eyre's predecessor, Amatey Doku, should have begun the recuitment process after the final CUSU Council meeting of the 2016-17 academic year. 

More information about CUSU finances can be found here.

UPDATE: All four candidates were elected to the enquiry on the morning of Tuesday 24th October. 

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Lola Olufemi, the CUSU Women's Officer, passed a motion to ensure the continuity of Breaking the Silence campaign. The motion resolved to support and publicise the University campaign against sexual harrassment, and to train future sabbatical officers in continuing the scheme. There were no votes against or in abstention of the motion. 

The Breaking the Silence campaign is being marked by a series of events over next week- including feminist readings in the English Faculty and an event demystifying the campaign. 

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A motion first brought to Council a year ago, to alter the collegiate funding model of CUSU and the GU, was debated for some time. Eyre stated multiple times that the decision for a college to disaffiliate should "be political and not finanical." Currently, students at disafilliated colleges can still access welfare provisions, which according to Eyre creates an unstable funding model. Louis Ashworth, the President of our esteemed counterpart Varsity, took issue with this, asking whether "it’s fair to say that financial and political things are disconnected?", and the impact of the changes to Cauis and Corpus, who are dissafiliated.  The motion eventually passed. 

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Other motions debated included a motion to support the Living Wage Campaign, which passed.

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Any student can attend CUSU Council. To find out about the agenda for the next meeting, follow the CUSU Facebook here.

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