Category Archives: Administration
News from the Exec Meeting on Monday:
- Please use the following link to select when you are available next semester for our weekly meetings: http://www.doodle.com/ggutb2ax6wbxa7rd#table
- Skepchicks Group: We will be starting a subgroup for women in RSS. There are not many women in RSS and we hope to increase the numbers, we will have women at the sign up stall, start a coffee group, and perhaps start a FB group. Watch this space for details.
- Some talks in the Pipeline for next semester:
Open Culture: Why it matters; why you should care.
From Is to Ought.
Reductionism in science.
Islam 101: The history and the teachings.
Feminism: The role of Men in Feminism; Skepchik and Elevatorgate; The ethical terrain of abortion arguments.
- We will continue to have weekly meetings but also make some of these movie nights and social events rather than always having seminars/lectures.
- Future dinners will need to cost more (or fundraising?) in order to cover costs of so much pizza!
- Fundraising was considered but no firm plans have been made.
- New Exec Positions:
President: Kieran David Deane-Alder
Secretary: Zachary Ardern
Deputy Secretary: Jenny Zhi Cheng
Treasurer: Simon Wegner
Media Officer: Joshua Guilbert
Anti-Harassment Officer: Talia Sellars
(Other bureaucratic things were discussed but they are not really relevant to general members)
Monday 24th June, 6pm, Shadows
We will be having a meeting primarily for exec members on Monday 24th June at 6pm at the back of Shadows on campus. While this is an exec meeting if you would like to join the exec for second semester please come along to the meeting. We would also like to have more undergraduate students (to take over in future), more women, more event organisers, and basically anyone who isn’t just more of the same (white male postgrads).
We had our first meeting for 2012 last week, where Natasha talked about pornography in the meeting called “Make love not porn?”. This week we’re going to be discussing the Kony 2012 issue, and next week local skeptic and magic man Nathan Grange is joining us to talk about magic, skepticism and psychology. For more news and discussion (and event invites), please join our Facebook group!
We’re meeting this semester on Fridays at 5pm (usually finishing at 6-7) and the room is Case Room 1, Owen G. Glenn building. For now the priority is to get some more meetings organized and get the meeting organizers more organized. If we get all that done, we might look at adding a second weekly meeting time, especially for those who can’t come on Friday evenings, but probably not until the second half of semester if at all. We have no current plans for meetings during the mid-semester or exams break.
Posted by Richard
Tomorrow the second semester begins at the University of Auckland, and RSS resumes after a two week break from meetings.
We’ll be having a stall from 10 til 3 each day this week. We’ll have fliers and information about the club and upcoming events, with around a dozen RSS people taking turns behind the table. If you would like to drop by or direct a friend to our stall, it will be at the same location as last semester, i.e. by the big sculpture located between the Kate Edger IC, the quad, the recreation centre and the maths/physics building.
Our meeting times for this semester are Mondays and Thursdays at 5 pm. Our Monday meeting time is unchanged from last semester, but the location has changed (slightly) to Case Room 1 – right next to Case Room 4 where we had them last semester (in the Owen G. Glenn building, ground floor). Our Thursday meetings will be at a new room – G25, a seminar room in the East Wing of the Clock Tower (where the graduate centre is; between the main Clock Tower and Elam B – building 119).
You can see where these buildings are on the map if you’re not sure. I suggest you check them out beforehand if you’re not familiar so you can get there on time (I hate getting texts during a meeting asking me where it is – as if I’ll be paying any attention to my phone!).
Later in the semester we’re going to have to switch to a different case room on Mondays, but Case Room 1 will be our location for at least the first 6 weeks. Meetings finish between 6 and 7 pm – it just depends how long speakers and/or the audience want to stick around on the night.
Some of our upcoming meetings include discussing “how is religion affecting society” (Mon 18 July) and “should we end the war on drugs?” (Thu 21 July), “what is rationalism?” (with Dr. Bill Cooke, Mon 25 July), a quiz competition evening (Thu 28 July) and “Darwin and religion” with visiting scholar Dr. Ted Davis (1 August). We’ll be discussing a range of interesting topics again this semester, some being chosen by popular consensus, and we’ll have lots of new and old guest academics joining us to talk about their area of expertise. To be kept up to date about future meetings, be sure to join us on Facebook, Google Groups or both.
We now have a new regular meeting time and place – in addition to our Monday 5pm Case Room 4 slot. From the first week back after mid-semester break (i.e. starting Thursday 28 April) we’ll be having meetings in OGGB5, in the Owen G. Glenn building (level 0) from 4-5pm.
This second regular meeting time should be especially good for those who can’t make the Monday 5-6 pm meetings, and will allow us to cover more topics and have a bigger impact.
I have completed the online AUSA reaffiliation form a few days ago and it has been received. Reaffiliation will probably occur this Wednesday around noon at the student forum in the quad, since I’m pretty sure we have met all the requirements. I’ll confirm (or deny) this closer to the time.
Update (22/3/11): AUSA are holding their AGM this Wednesday, so we’ll be reaffiliating next Wednesday on the 30th of March (see our calendar).