The ANU Computer Science Students’ Association

Election Results

 by Tyrus Caldeira

Thank you to everyone who attended the Computer Science Students’ Association AGM and to the 30 members who voted.

I’d also like to thank all the nominees for putting their names up and their wonderful speeches.

The count of the election has been completed using the OpenSTV software available online and using the Meek STV method.

I would like to congratulate the following candidates on their new positions for the CSSA 2019/2020 committee:

President
Felix Friedlander
Vice-President
Sophie Chinn
Treasurer
Chris Ward
Secretary
Jon Connor
Industry Representative
Murdock Grewar
Postgraduate Representative
Abigail Thomas
Diversity Representative
Dana Pye
International Representative
Leopold Zhou
General Representatives
Josh Corner
David Quarel
Sylvester Shan

To everyone else, I wish you all the best for the rest of this semester and your future endeavours.

If you have any issues with the result or want to check the result, please email me at u5800279@anu.edu.au.

Have a good week!

2020 Committee Nominations

 by Felix Friedlander

Nominations for the 2020 CSSA committee closed this Wednesday evening, and with some last-minute additions, the list of nominees has been finalized. The committee will be passing this on to the Returning Officer to handle the election from this stage. See you at the AGM at 6pm, Wednesday 21 August in CSIT.

President
Felix Friedlander
Rahul Ghangas
Vice-President
Zak Brighton-Knight
Sophie Chinn
Felix Friedlander
Rahul Ghangas
Robert Jeffrey
Treaurer (unopposed)
Christopher Ward
Secretary
Jon Connor
Felix Friedlander
Robert Jeffrey
Industry Representative (unopposed)
Murdock Grewar
Postgraduate Representative (unopposed)
Murdock Grewar (unopposed for higher preference)
Abigail Thomas
Diversity Representative (unopposed)
Dana Pye
International Representative (unopposed)
Leopold Zhou
General Representatives (3)
Zak Brighton-Knight
Sophie Chinn
Jon Connor
Joshua Corner
Felix Friedlander
Robert Jeffrey
Dana Pye (unopposed for higher preference)
David Quarel
Sylvester Shan
Christopher Ward (unopposed for higher preference)
Leopold Zhou (unopposed for higher preference)

Candidate Statements

Zak Brighton-Knight

I want to be vice-president so that I can continue to foster the sense of community within the CSSA as well as improve the common room to entice more people to get involved with the CSSA community. As a member of the CSSA for the last three years I understand the diverse range of people in the CSSA and will strive to keep the CSSA as open and welcoming as possible for old and new members alike. I also want to run more events such as introduction to LaTeX, introduction to GNU/Linux and the terminal and introduction to working as a team using version control as I feel there is a no course in the university that prepares you to use these important CS tools

Preferences:

  1. Vice-President
  2. General Representative

Sophie Chinn

I am a third year engineering and biology student. I have been a CRO for the past semester and an active member of CSSA for three years. In the past semester, I have actively helped the committee with events, such as filling out forms and helping with logistics. I have also done my best to maintain the common room by keeping it tidy. As Vice President or General Representative, I aim to reduce the workload of my committee members by providing the man power to assist other committee members in getting tasks done. Although I am not a computer science student, I can help through filling out forms, managing events and maintaining lines of communications so the other members can focus on academic quality of the event. I believe I work well in a team and I hope to contribute in making a committee that will improve the students’ wellbeing.

Preferences:

  1. Vice-President
  2. General Representative

Jon Connor

Current holder of AGM, OGM, and committee meeting any% speed run records. I’ll finish a meeting before you’ve even read this statement.

Jokes aside, I’d be more than happy to continue for another year as the resident paperwork guy.

Preferences:

  1. Secretary
  2. General Representative

Joshua Corner

I try to be a positive influence on the common room, and on the committee’s decision making in general.

Felix Friedlander

Hi! I’ve been a general representative for the past six months or so, and I’m the person who’s brought you the new constitution, new website, most of the CSSA’s recent graphic design, and (in association with the Returning Officer) the efficient counting of the most recent committee election.

Compared to the troubled times of the past, the CSSA committee currently runs smoothly and with a minimum of infighting, and as such I’m not running on the promise of fighting some great injustice or fixing a gaping hole.

Instead, I’d focus on the smaller things, like better communication - with members, with the school and course convenors, with our industry sponsors, with peer societies, and with ANUSA. The number of events that don’t happen, or almost don’t happen, or happen at a bad time, or are underwhelming, simply because of inadequate communication by the committee is in my mind too high.

I’d work to see the return of monthly speaker events, not just with industry partners but with individuals at the ANU and elsewhere. These have been a highlight in years past and the CSSA has hosted a number of interesting speakers. Introductory workshops on Linux command line usage, Git, and (La)TeX have also been hugely popular when they have run in the past, as they fill in gaps that are taught piecemeal or not at all in many CS courses. These are also good targets for joint events, for example with the ANU Mathematics Society.

On the social side, much has been done to make the CSSA inclusive, and indeed our membership is more diverse than CS courses at large, however I believe more can be done to run social events for the benefit of a larger section of our members.

Out of space now - thanks for reading!

Preferences:

  1. President
  2. Secretary
  3. Vice-President
  4. General Representative

Rahul Ghangas

Come hear me at the AGM and you will know.

Preferences:

  1. President
  2. Vice-President

Murdock Grewar

I am a second year PhD student; I’ve presented at a conference and proactively signed away intellectual property to a big company.

During this process, after consulting an ANUSA lawyer, I argued back and forth with the company lawyers. My supervisors were able to negotiate a better contract where the company ownership over my intellectual property had a finite lifespan! While I would like to say I negotiated that myself, I at least represented my interests in the matter, which apparently other students hadn’t done before.

I realised that these roles are an opportunity to commit involvement in a great community while learning some extra-curricular skills around personal and professional relationships.

Preferences:

  1. Industry Representative
  2. Postgraduate Representative

Robert Jeffrey

I’ve been the Vice-President under the Quarrel Presidency for the past two years, and I’m hoping to keep my role in the next committee.

I joked a lot in my first year that I did nothing, but I’ve since done my best to pick up the slack in organising our events & our committee. My main work this year was running the majority of our S1 study events (all three midsemester events and two of the final events) and working on the expansion of our vending machine empire.

My main goal in running for Vice-President is to support the organisation of the committee. I believe our committee mostly struggles with being organised in advance, and I want to work primarily on that. That means making sure our events are booked earlier than the week before, making sure our emails are managed and quickly responded to, ensuring tasks are properly assigned to individual people, and to follow up to make sure things gets done.

In terms of overall aims, if I was elected I’d want to continue our current events while expanding to new events. That includes expanding study events to more courses (e.g. COMP3600, COMP3670), running more industry & post-graduate events in conjunction with committee, running EGN again with as much planning as possible, and hopefully organising the committee to run the Sydney trip again.

Preferences:

  1. Vice-President
  2. Secretary
  3. General Representative

Dana Pye

I’m Dana, I’m nonbinary and generally queer, and I’m running for diversity rep because I love the CSSA and I want to make it even better. Diversity is something that computer science struggles with as a discipline, for a lot of reasons. All kinds of diverse people enroll in CS degrees but many drop out because they can’t find a welcoming community, and as the CS students association we can play a big role in changing that. I want to run events for different groups of people, work to make the common room and our events more accessible to all kinds of people, and act as a point of contact with committee for people who might not feel welcome because of their identities. I am a member of the queer department, women’s department and disabilities student association, so I can represent a wide range of diversity, in a way that is helpful to the CSSA and to computer science students in general.

Preferences:

  1. Diversity Representative
  2. General Representative

David Quarel

I run Epic Games Night, and the study events. I tutor lots of first year courses, putting me in a situation well suited to handle study events.

Sylvester Shan

I think I could be helpful others to organising events, but not helpful to organise an event xd

Abigail Thomas

Imagine having a postgrad rep who’s actually a postgrad? I’ve had some ideas for how we could tailor study events to postgrad and later-year students, based on interest area rather than a specific course. Should be fun.

Christopher Ward

I have been on committee since March 2017. Since then, I have helped run many events (mostly in barbecue catering, to save money), improved our funding through vending machine acquisitions, and assisted with the rearrangement and cleaning of the common room at the start of the year.

Since the end of the financial year, I have migrated the accounts of the CSSA to Xero, improving accountability and budgeting. The new accounting structure allows for much clearer identification of income and expense streams, which will allow us to budget more appropriately and focus on spending money in a way that enriches the CS student experience. I have some experience in bookkeeping in Xero from running as a sole trader for a few personal business endeavours.

I was also responsible for writing the new membership tracking app, and am working on new features for the app, including a self-service membership portal and automatic newsletter management.

Preferences:

  1. Treasurer
  2. General Representiative

Leopold Zhou

I’d like to be the International Representative for 2020.

I am a business student who happen to be keen on computer science and love free software spirit. I happen to have interpersonal skills to deal effectively with guys from multicultural background. I have a vision to make it more accessible for international students to engage in CSSA. I have been working hard planning ways to implement that vision. I believe I have the necessary transferable skills demonstrated through working in other societies and my job. I have had a wonderful experience in CSSA and I want to help more international students to have the same.

“Talk is cheap so what about showing you the real work :-)”

Preferences:

  1. International Representative
  2. General Representative

2020 Committee Nominations Open

 by Jon Connor

Following our OGM yesterday, the CSSA committee is pleased to announce that our new constitution is now in effect. In accordance with that constitution, the CSSA would like to invite any nominations for the 2020 CSSA committee.

The following positions are open for nominations:

Note that to nominate for any position other than General Representative, you must be a current ANU student.

To apply for one or more positions, please fill out the nomination form.

Your candidate statement will be published to all members prior to the Annual General Meeting (to be held on the 23rd 21st of August - time and location TBC). Elections for contested positions will be held at the AGM.

All nominations are welcome - if you’re keen to get involved, even if you’ve not had much involvement with the CSSA committee in the past, why not give something new a go?

Ordinary General Meeting Report

 by Felix Friedlander

2019’s first Ordinary General Meeting was held today, primarily to consider the CSSA’s proposed new constitution. The constitution was adopted as proposed except for one amendment allowing non-students to run for the position of General Representative. The constitution is available on the resources page.

Additionally, a motion was passed to make long-time supporter Tyrus Caldeira a life member of the CSSA. Tyrus has worked tirelessly for years assisting the CSSA with all manner of projects, and has been especially involved with organising Epic Games Nights for some time. The committee would like to congratulate Tyrus on this achievement.

Thanks again to everyone that turned up to the meeting to ask questions or raise concerns - like any democracy, the CSSA works better the more voices are heard.

Minutes from the meeting will be made available shortly on the resources page and on Facebook.

Ordinary General Meeting (New Constitution)

The CSSA has for some time been considering its constitution. The current constitution has been amended over time, but ultimately dates back to 2011 and the re-affiliation of the society. It has served us well, however there are some sections that are unworkable or have unfortunate consequences, and many of us in the committee feel that the time has come for a fresh start.

The proposed new constitution has been in the works for a while, and it is finally ready for public consideration.

With that said, the CSSA committee hereby gives notice of an

Ordinary General Meeting

to be held at 6:30pm on the 22nd of July in Room N102 (Computer Science & Information Technology building) to consider the following agenda:

  1. Opening and Acknowledgement

  2. Motions with Notice

Motion 2.1. That the constitution of the CSSA be replaced with the following: pdf

Nice and simple!

Food will be provided, and our usual Monday Games Night will be starting immediately after the conclusion of the general meeting.

If you have any questions or suggestions relating to the new constitution, please don’t hesitate to contact felix.friedlander@anu.edu.au.

For some idea of what needed improving, have a read of the old constitution (or ask anyone who has tried to run a CSSA election without violating it!)

Hope to see you there!

2019 Committee (Election Results)

Congratulations to the following people for being elected to:

President
David Quarel
Vice-President
Robert Jeffrey
Treasurer
Faizan Siddiqui
Secretary
Jon Connor
International Representative
Danny Feng
Postgraduate Representative
Peter Quarel
Women’s Representative
Katrina Hu
General Representatives
Woojin Ra
Joshua Corner
Kunal Sareen
Chris Ward
Zak Brighton-Knight
Tommy Liu

Minutes from the AGM will be available in the near future. Thanks to everyone who turned up to the AGM, as well as all of our candidates.