Members discuss role of Off-Campus Council

first_imgAt this week’s Council of Representatives (COR) meeting, members discussed the role of the Off-Campus Council and how possible improvements could increase effectiveness and take more of the burden of handling off-campus concerns from other groups, leaving more resources for other issues. “So much of the focus of on-campus bodies has been off-campus issues,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “We think one of the things we can do is to really bolster the power of the Off-Campus Council.” Referencing the group’s constitution, Soler said the Off-Campus Council’s purpose is to “sponsor functions and disseminate information to off-campus students, which has been the goal of student government this whole year.” Hoping to reduce ambiguity about electing members to the council and better express the group’s intended purpose, Soler raised a discussion about potential constitutional amendments. One of the unclear clauses pertains to eligibility to run and vote for off-campus positions. Under the current rules, only current off-campus students can vote for the following year, and in practice, only off-campus juniors have tended to run for these offices. “I guess it’s just been implied that you have to live [off campus] junior year to run for these positions,” off-campus president Ryan Hawley said. “It doesn’t really make sense. What we’re thinking is having people who are going to live off campus be able to run and vote so it’s much more representative of off-campus students.” Soler said expanding eligibility for participation could attract more applicants and ensure the most capable students are given the opportunity to fill the positions. “We think we can really up the quality and get more people to apply for this if we could get on-campus students who are living off next year to run,” she said. After it was suggested that the Off-Campus Council’s level of activity has been lacking, Hawley said the problem was figuring out how to get interested off-campus students involved and maintaining a consistent meeting schedule. “We don’t really have meetings which is part of the problem,” he said. “It’s been hard. People want to get involved and help but actually getting them involved has been difficult.” Hawley introduced the idea of off-campus ambassadors, whose role would be to facilitate the flow of information between off-campus students and the on-campus president, as well as maintaining positive relationships with members of the community. “We were thinking about having neighborhood ambassadors who would go around neighborhoods introducing themselves,” he said. “They would report directly to the on-campus president.” Soler said she felt redefining the purpose of the Council could also help with the group’s current funding problems. “The focus was thought to be that it was a programming board,” she said. “But if we decide that it’s disseminating information then it’s probably something that could be taken more seriously, if this is a more legitimate need for funds.”last_img read more

Beachside development a hit with Palm Beach downsizers

first_imgIt’s been less than two months since construction began on Sea Palm Beach, but already its developer BluePoint Property has reported the 13-storey building is 65 per cent sold.High-rise developments can be tricky in some local communities — not so in the Gold Coast suburb of Palm Beach. Thousands fall for tiny home scam Sea Palm Beach.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“They know the site, they know the locational attributes.“They walked in off the street and said they would love to buy one.” It’s been less than two months since construction began on Sea Palm Beach, but already its developer BluePoint Property has reported the 13-storey building is at least 65 per cent sold. MORE: Locals love off-grid opulence The proposed recreation area at Sea Palm Beach.BluePoint’s co-founder and director Marcus Dore said the development worked by ignoring the “common sense’’ of experts and instead tailoring itself to the needs of local downsizers.“The most common buyer is a local person, a local downsizer,” Mr Dore said. The ocean view on offer at Sea Palm Beach.He said the initial planning of the local area made it apparent for the need of dual parking.“It was pretty obvious that carparking is at a premium, and most of the people who we knew were going to buy were downsizing but generally everyone still has two cars.” The proposed street view of Sea Palm Beach.“The irony is that all the people who live on Palm Beach or the southern end of the Gold Coast, a lot of them have gravitated to the ones that face south.” How much would you pay for a shed? An artist’s impression of the kitchen space.Another difference is the views, with apartments facing north or south instead of facing the ocean or the Gold Coast hinterland. RELATED: “When we were originally planning the project, we had all these experts telling us that the north-facing ones would be most popular,” Mr Dore said. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< While Mr Dore said many locals loved Palm Beach for its convenience, with everything from shops to cafes to the beach within walking distance, he said an important point-of-difference for Sea Palm Beach was two parking bays for two-bedroom apartments.last_img read more

Vranić released the list of players for the Davis cup match against Moldavia

first_imgManager of BIH Davis Cup Team Daver Vranić has released a list of players which will play in the match of the II Euro-African Zone against team of Molodva, reports Dnevni Avaz.Four players : Damir Džumhur, Aldin Šetkić, Tomislav Brkić and Ismar Gorčić will play for BiH team. The gathering of the team is planned for 1 April in Mostar, where the matches will be played, which will be the first time that a Davis Cup match is played in Mostar.Moldovan team will also arrive on 1 April.last_img read more