Judicial council adjusts election rules

first_imgThis year’s student body president and vice president election will proceed very similarly to last year’s election in terms of rules and regulations, vice president of elections Katie Hennessy said. All changes made to the election process this year were made to the Constitution of the student government by Student Senate, by recommendation of the Department of Internal Affairs. The Judicial Council implemented those changes for the first time during this election cycle. The only major change involved write-in candidates, Hennessy said. Write-in nominations have technically always been allowed, but the old web-based voting system did not allow students to actually vote for them during the elections. “We haven’t had any write-in candidates,” Hennessy said. “It was something that was allowed for, but we didn’t have means to make it actually happen. If someone said they wanted to [vote for a write-in candidate], we would have had a lot of issues.” This year, the Judicial Council switched to a different server and ticket ballot that would enable students to write in a candidate’s name if necessary. The Judicial Council also made changes to how write-in candidates are approved, Hennessy said. The major effect of the new regulations posits that write-in nominations must be approved at least four calendar days prior to the election. Outside of those changes to write-in candidates, Hennessy said today’s election will function similarly to last year’s. The Council announced six election tickets Jan. 28, and campaigning began the following day at 11 a.m. “There are not many restrictions on campaigning other than certain rules regarding where they place posters, et cetera,” Hennessy said. Additionally, Hennessy said she and the election committee must approve any campaign-related poster, website or social media post prior to publication. Rule violations have delayed election results in the past. The student body presidential and vice presidential debate took place Monday night in LaFortune Student Center, where each ticket outlined its primary goals for a prospective student government administration. Voting will take place today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through an email sent out by the Judicial Council, but Hennessy said the results are not likely to be finalized immediately. “With six tickets we will likely have a run-off election since, in order not to, someone has to win a majority,” she said. In the case of a runoff, the two tickets with the highest number of votes would participate in a debate Sunday night, Hennessy said, and the runoff election would take place Monday. The voting process would be the same Monday as it is today. The high number of tickets running in this year’s election likely resulted from last year’s atypical single-ticket race, Hennessy said. “We tried to do whatever we could to publicize the running to get more tickets,” she said. “Last year, a lot of people were upset about it … so I think more people were interested in [running] now.” Contact Mel Flanagan at [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgVoodoo Venue continues to earn rave reviews from those who frequent the popular nightspot and this weekend was no different. The newly renovated premises have been packed out every weekend since it re-opened and the popularity of Voodoo Venue and Vintage shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.With great music in both venues, classy decor, cocktails, champagne and VIP booths available, mean Voodoo Venue really is the only nightclub worth spending your weekend in. Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily do a picture special.If your face is circled in the photos outlined below, you will win the following amazing prize.The prize is free entry for 4 this Saturday to Voodoo Club or Voodoo Vintage and get a free bottle of Prosecco on arrival.Scroll down now and see if you’ve won the prize. 🙂 VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU WON THIS WEEK’S FANTASTIC PRIZE? was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsPicture Special: Voodoo Venuelast_img read more

‘Liverpool should blame forwards, not defenders’

first_imgLiverpool Salah, Coutinho and Co to blame for Liverpool struggles, not defenders – Ince Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:13 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The former Reds midfielder believes a much-criticised defensive unit would not be under so much pressure if the forwards were doing their job Liverpool should be blaming their inconsistencies on their forwards, not their defenders, according to Paul Ince.The Reds have once again found clean sheets hard to come by this season, with their frailties at the back being exposed on a regular basis.Liverpool 8/15 to keep Newcastle clean sheet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Jurgen Klopp has faced criticism for failing to address those issues during the summer transfer window, although the German has maintained that the right players were not available.Ince feels too much is being made of the defensive leaks, with those misfiring at the opposite end of the field just as culpable for the struggles to generate momentum on Merseyside.The former Reds midfielder wrote in a column for Paddy Power: “I really sympathise with Jurgen Klopp, because he’s brought a philosophy into Liverpool that sees his team create chance after chance consistently.“They’re brilliant going forward and, the thing is, if his forwards don’t take those chances they put pressure on the back five or six.“If they’d have taken a few more of those chances this season – including against Spartak in the Champions League where they drew 1-1 – the game would’ve finished three or 4-0. And if they’d been better in front of goal, no one would be moaning about their defence.“There’s got to be more onus on those forward players for not getting the ball in the net and being more clinical.”Paul Ince Liverpool forwards blameInce added: “[The forwards] are getting away with it and avoiding the criticism, even though it’s those players at fault for missing golden chances.“But while everyone bangs on about the defence, the heat is taken off them, and I feel for Klopp, because he can’t put the ball in the back of the net for them.“Every time Liverpool concede a goal at the minute everyone goes on about their defence and I think it’s a bit unfair. Klopp will get that right, just like he has the forward line.“But there could also be an issue with protection from the wingers and some of the midfield players too, defending should start right from the front.“If you allow balls to go into the box willy-nilly, with wingers not doing their jobs then, yes, it’s going to end in goals. And if you haven’t been finishing chances at the other end, then obviously, it’s going to result in losses.”Liverpool have collected just one win from six fixtures since the last international break and remain stuck on two clean sheets for the season.There is another rest period on the domestic front approaching, with the Reds getting one final opportunity to put things right before that break when they travel to Newcastle on Sunday to face former boss Rafa Benitez. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more