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The EGM will be held from 12-12.30pm on Monday 8th February in the 6th Floor Studio, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Proposer: Joshua (Chun Fung) Ip
Seconder: Nadia Taiwo
Opposition: none (to formally oppose this motion, please email email@example.com)
The Union Notes:
The Union Believes:
The Union Resolves:
‘This year’ refers to AY2015/16
Next week, the annual excuse to eat pancakes is back again. Finally.
Pancake Day is Tuesday 9th February, and the SU is celebrating by selling pancakes plus toppings for just £1.50.
They’ll will be available from 12 noon until 2pm from the First Floor Cafe while stocks last. Enjoy!
There has been some recent coverage concerning a forthcoming
motion to be debated at the UGM about whether we should ban the recently
approved Free Speech Society.
As is the case with all motions like this, any student is able to
put a motion forward and all students are able to vote on it.
The Free Speech Society has already been approved by the Students’
Union, through the elected Activities Committee, and students will now debate whether to reverse the decision made.
In a democracy like ours, LSE students get to ultimately
decide what’s best for our Union and what we should put time and
On a broader point, we have to carefully balance wanting to have
free speech and ensuring that students have a supportive university
environment. There can be a tendency to conflate free speech with the freedom to offend, and it is important that we draw a distinction between the two. They are not one and the same, and the freedom to offend can be used in a way that further marginalizes already marginalized groups.
In Students’ Unions, we are led by students and as such, in
a membership organisation like ours we should be allowed to decide how we
should be run and what we should facilitate.
Sometimes this will mean students will decide particular
views or groups aren’t welcome in our spaces. This doesn’t stop people engaging
in these activities outside of university.
As a Union, we have a proud history of facilitating pluralistic political environments in line with our members interests and defending the speech of others, especially in light of recent legislation around PREVENT, which does pose a real threat to the freedom of expression by Muslim students.
On the motion itself, I hope that students do take an active
interest in the debate, and reinforce that it is the students of LSE that get to
decide how their Students’ Union is run.
Nona Buckley-IrvineLSESU General Secretary 2014-16
In support of banning the Society http://beaveronline.co.uk/banning-the-anti-ban-society/
Against banning the Society http://beaveronline.co.uk/free-speech-is-under-siege/
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