Sep '99 - Liberal Society At Freshers' Bazaar
The Liberal Society is a
new group of individuals studying at Queen’s who share liberal values and
principles. As well as socialising, we aim to work hard within the Union
to promote our beliefs and ensure that they are put into effect as policies
adopted by the Union.
We are not affiliated to any political party and we are not interested in your personal background. We have only one stipulation for prospective members – that you are committed to freedom, individuality, equality, consensual democracy and human rights.
If you think you fit the bill, or are just interested in learning more about Liberalism, then look out for posters advertising our meetings and social events, or look up our web-site http://quis.qub.ac.uk/libsoc/index.htm
Join Us. Get Involved. Make A Difference!
The following members of the Liberal Society were successfully elected to Student Representative Council:
Tina Calder (Arts
NoelGriffin (Arts 3)
BrianLacey (Science 2)
Andrew O'Neill (Medicine 3)
DiarmaidWard (Economics 2)
DaraMcGaughey (SCA Officer)
There are other liberals who have been elected to Council but have as yet not signed up for membership. Hopefully there names will appear in the above list before too long!
Liberal Society At Freshers' Bazaar
The Liberal Society will have its own stall at Freshers' Bazaar from which to entice some new members. This will be our first year at the Bazaar, and it is hoped that there will be a good response from the new, and old, students. More information about how we did will appear soon.
Liberal Candidates Defeated In NonSabbatical Elections
Both Tadhg Morgan and Brian Lacey were defeated during the elections for Student Community Action Officer and Cultural Affairs Officer, respectively. Both candidates, however, managed to pull around 150 votes out of 500, which is a good percentage, and a firm base for future elections. Congratulations, (as begrudged as they may be!) go to Dara McGaughey and Ciara Flanaghan who were successfully elected.
Liberal Society Finally Recognised (28/04/99)
The Liberal Society was finally recognised today after a long(ish) period of wishing and wondering. The Union Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising the society with 39 votes for, 2 against and 18 abstentions. Recognition allows us to use the Queen's webserver, to incorporate the name of "Queen's" in our title and grants us access to Union facilities, such as room bookings, the freshers' bizarre and the two Union minibuses. Grainia Lon>
Unionists Postpone Liberal Society Debate (20/02/99)
The Nationalist, Republican, Liberal and independant Councillors were left bemused at the February Council meeting after the Unionist Councillors used their majority to postpone the debate over the recognition of the Liberal Society. Also up for debate were the Ladies' Soccer Club, the Postgraduate Law Society, the PUP, and Sinn Féin Cumann. The Ladies' Soccer and Postgraduate Law Society were also postponed, whilst the PUP and Sinn Féin Cumann were defeated outright.
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Liberal Society To Seek Official Recognition (07/02/99)
The February meeting of the Students' Union's Representative Council shall determine whether or not the Liberal Society is granted the official status of a "Recognised Society". The attainment of this status will devolve some of the Society's control over its finances to the Students' Union, but will allow us to legitimately use the features of the Union Building, and will enable us to incorporate the words "The Queen's University Of Belfast" in the Society's name.
To become recognised, the Society's Constitution must be scrutinised by the Students' Union Vice President of Clubs And Services (which has already been done), and then supported by a simple majority of the Council. It is hoped that even though many members of the Council have shown hostility to the Society, they will not deny us the same courtesy that they were given when their associations were recognised.
Whilst on the subject, it has been rumoured that the Progressive Unionist Party will be starting up at Queen's, and also that the Alliance Party is in the process of regrouping.
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It is hoped that members of the Liberal Society will be able to play an active role in the development of the Union's political structures, and we look forward to hearing about the proposd review during the forthcoming month.
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Whilst the Liberal Society is unaffiliated with any political parties, we are thankful for any help which our fellow Liberals can send us. We offer our sincere gratitude to all at EULD and Kevin Lang in particular.
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