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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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.
I try to be a positive influence on the common room, and on the committee’s decision making in general.
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!
Come hear me at the AGM and you will know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think I could be helpful others to organising events, but not helpful to organise an event xd
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.
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.
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 :-)”
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:
General Representatives (3)
Note that to nominate for any position other than General
Representative, you must be a current ANU student.
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:
Opening and Acknowledgement
Motions with Notice
Motion 2.1. That the constitution of the CSSA be replaced with the
Nice and simple!
Food will be provided, and our usual Monday Games Night will be
starting immediately after the conclusion of the general meeting.