The Liberal Society
Of The Queen's University Of Belfast

Society Meetings And Events

Forthcoming Events

11. ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Date And Location To Be Confirmed
This meeting will discuss the work of the Society over the last year, and determine a plan of action for next year.The Society Officers will also be elected, and we will update and ratify our general policies.


Previous Events

10. HELP THE HOMELESS CAMPAIGN
Thursday 23rd March 2000   1:00pm  Mature Students' Common Rooms
We approved the plans for Vivid Media's organisation and promotion of a Fundraiser Disco, planned for the first week back after the Easter Holidays. Further information can be obtained on request. Notice was also given of a new Society Constitution which will be presented to the Society at the Annual Business Meeting next month.

9. DRINK TILL YOU STINK NIGHT !
Tuesday 22nd February 2000    The Speakeasy, Students' Union
A couple of us played the pubquiz and were absolutely nowhere near winning. Boo Hoo. It was a very very depressing night and I was forced to drink water. How wonderful.

8. IS DECOMMISSIONING ESSENTIAL  FOR A LASTING PEACE ?
Thursday 17th February 2000   1:10pm  Mature Students' Common Room
As always, the posters were put up a wee bit late but I exempt myself from all blame - It's not my job! Anyway, the four of us who were there decided that decommissioning was integral to establishing a lasting peace, but for the short-term approach to the problem it would not be ESSENTIAL - providing democratic forums for government was the solution to getting guns, not suspending them. We had some orange juice (with no prejudice to nationalists intended) and that's about it.

7. SHOULD THE DEATH PENALTY BE BROUGHT BACK?
Wednesday 15th December 1999 1:10pm   Club Room 1
We discussed "Should The Death Penalty Be Brought Back?". There was a general consensus amongst the few members present that no one should have the right to deny life, not even to those who have denied it to others. One member was a little less amicable about the situation, but you needed to be there to understand... Tina!

6. QUB STUDENTS' UNION : ARE ITS OBJECTIVES MET?
Thursday 2nd December 1999 1:15pm    Mature Students' Common Room
It was acknowledged that were two basic objectives of the Union : to represent its members and their interests, and to provide services. The Society was agreed that these basic aims were not of a high standard, but some members felt that they were acceptable, and that by pushing for changes we would lower the standard of what there already was. Adversely, some members believed that we should strive for the best Union imaginable and that this was the only way to attain better services and representation. It was agreed that the actions of the DCs (part-time student security staff) went someway towards prevents students from using the services of the Union at night, and that there was an unfair electoral system which prevents all communities found within the student body from being adequately represented.  It was acknowledged by all present that reform is needed, but there was no concensus on how such reform of the Union should be achieved - some saw Constitutional Review as the way forward (no prizes for guessing who!), some saw better employment regulations, and others generally thought that it was down to the Executive Officers of any particular year to fix things. In short, the objectives of the Union are not being met adequately and reform is needed.

5. LIBERALISM AND PARTITION IN IRELAND
Thursday 4th November 1999  1:15pm     Mature Students' Common Room
We subdivided the discussion subject into three topics: "What is the Liberal position on national borders?", "Did Liberal Values Lead To Partition In Ireland?" and "What is the Liberal view on the Border now?". The discussion was good, and the general consensus amongst those present was that the border performs a valuable role at maintaining regional government for the people of Northern Ireland who are an ethnic group diverse from the people of the Republic.

4. SOCIAL NIGHT !
Tuesday  2nd November 1999    7:45pm     Students' Union
Some of us were in the Speakeasy watching "Sons Of Massey" whilst a few of us were downstairs in the Bunatee doing the PubQuiz. The group, which we shared with some of An Cumann Gaelach, was called "So, I've had your da" (hmm...) and we came second, being beaten by only one point by "Westlife Are Cunts".

3. HALLS CANVASSING
Thursday 28th October 1999  6:45pm     Main Reception Queen's Elms Halls
After climbing 9 floors in Ogilvie I really I wasn't fit so I stayed in a friend's room for half an hour and then went to see the Blair Witch Project. So it wasn't exactly successful - but at least I made a bloody effort!

2. POLICY MEETING
Tuesday 26th October 1999    1:30pm Mature Students' Common Room
With a rather minimalist attendance (albeit at very short notice) we discussed policies on Tuition Fees again, constitutional reform of the Students' Union, and working within the law to change the law. We also elected our first Chairperson (Noel Griffin) and Secretary (Dara McGaughey).

1. INAUGURAL MEETING
Thursday 7th October  1999    1:30pm        Mature Student's Common Room
We kept things informal, so there were no elections for the montly posts of Chairperson and Secretary, although we need to do this at the next meeting. Consequently there are no minutes, although we basically just sat around and discussed what Liberalism is and how it could be generally applied and promoted within the Students' Union. Very few of the individuals there were actually members, and indeed most of the enrolled members were not there, so it's hard to know what sort of support basis we have from that meeting.  There was a general consensus that we should take a more liberal stand culturally, as opposed to being interested predominantly in the internal politics of the Students' Union. Those present decided that we should invite someone from the politics department to give us a talk on how Liberalism influenced the creation of Northern Ireland : Not very contentious, but it might rouse some interest from the nationalist and unionist communities at Queen's. We also debated the never-dying issue of tuition fees, and a motion proposed by Diarmaid Ward was supported almost unanimously (no votes against, but with one abstention). A copy of this motion will be available at a later date.



Summary Of Events 1999 / 2000

1999
September   No events held owing to holidays
October     Administration : Inaugural Meeting
            Halls Canvassing
            Administration : Policy Meeting
November    Social Night
            Discussion : Liberalism And Partition In Ireland
December    Discussion : QUB Students' Union : Are Its Objectives Met?
            Discussion : Should The Death Penalty Be Brought Back?

2000
January     No events held owing to holidays
February    Discussion : Is Decommissioning Essential For A Lasting Peace?
            Social Night
March       Administration : Help The Homeless Campaign Meeting
April       Administration : Annual Business Meeting
May         No events yet planned
June        No events yet planned
July        No events yet planned
August      No events yet planned