At 1pm this afternoon the Guilds executive committee met to decide the fate of three officers: the Vice President (Activities) Borja Sordo, the Vice President (Finance & Societies) Boon Koh and Welfare Officer Emma Persky.
The no-confidence against the VPA was thrown out, initially thought to be due to his recent withdrawal from his course, with automatic resignation when he ceased to be a student. Since the original publication of this article Mr Sordo has indicated that he resigned from the post of VPA and is still in fact registered as a student, having completed a transfer to Materials.
The VPFS was in the hot seat following his failure to submit a budget, however his work on attracting external sponsorship for next year provided a strong mitigating factor. Club chairs have also expressed the view that Boon had been helpful throughout the year, if a little hard to find at times. Boon was the only one of the three to turn up to the meeting, despite the Welfare Officer still being in post (and required to attend).
A motion of censure was brought against him and required a 2/3 majority, or 8 votes of the 11 people present and voting. The final vote was 7 in favour and 4 against, meaning Boon narrowly escaped an official telling off.
Welfare Officer Emma Persky had good attendance at ICU Council at the start of the year, however had vanished recently, while still finding time to attend NUS events. As an elected representative of the Representation and Welfare Board she was also required to attend ICU Executive committee, but failed to do so on several occasions so was removed.
Guilds voted unanimously to move Miss Persky from her post, which has an additional effect of removing her from Council, where quorum was becoming difficult meet. Her removal drops the number of members required to be present at Council, increasing the likelihood of being quorate at future meetings.
The no-confidences will hopefully draw a line under a bad year for Guilds, with the new team looking forward to a rejuvenated faculty union for 2007-2008.