Making Motions

I've submitted a motion to the next General Meeting of UCL Union. This formal process involves writing a document containing various statements under the categories of 'this union notes', 'believes' & 'resolves'. The motion must be signed by 10 seconders, and is then examined by Standing Orders Committee to check that it's not unconstitutional before being debated at a General Meeting and voted on.

Recent motions proposed have included a motion expressing no-confidence in the government, opposition to university print charging, the obligatory Nestle boycott (yet to be decided) and 'this union should ask Britney Spears out on a date'. Mine is a lot more modest, and simply proposes that the Union set up e-mail distribution lists for each affiliated club or society so that it is easier to e-mail all your members. Currently, societies use a variety of tools for this purpose, including Yahoo Groups and simple text documents containing a list of addresses. The problem is that students typically sign up to lots of these mailing lists at Freshers' Fayre (in return for all manner of bribes) and end up bombarded with e-mail all year.

It should be seen as a sensible and uncontroversial motion, and will hopefully be passed and implemented by next academic year. However, there's a ridiculous rule which means that anyone can call 'quorum' at a General Meeting at any time, and request that the number of members present be counted. If this number is less than a certain percentage of the student population (which it invariably is), the meeting comes to a premature end.

Student politics 'eh?