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The ANU Computer Science Students’ Association

AGM Link

 by Felix Friedlander

Hi all,

We were planning to hold this AGM over Jitsi, an open video calling platform similar to Zoom, but a few people were having issues with it, so we’ve decided to fall back to Discord calling.

So, to join this evening’s AGM, join our Discord https://cssa.club/discord, and hop in the call when it opens at 6pm!

(Sorry for any inconvenience.)

AGM Agenda

 by Felix Friedlander

The agenda for this evening’s AGM is now available - apologies for the delay, everyone!

https://cs.club.anu.edu.au/assets/2021-10-29-agm-agenda.pdf

See you at 6pm! (The meeting link will be posted here and in the CSSA Discord shortly before we start.)

2021/22 Committee Nominations

 by Jon Connor

Positions

President
Sandy Ma (uncontested)
Vice-President
Matthew Chen
Oliver Balfour
Sophie Chinn (uncontested for higher preference)
Sandy Ma (uncontested for higher preference)
Treasurer
Chris Ward (uncontested)
Sophie Chinn (uncontested for higher preference)
Secretary
Sophie Chinn (uncontested)
Sandy Ma (uncontested for higher preference)
Diversity Officer
(no nominees)
Postgraduate Officer
(no nominees)
International Officer
Leopold Zhou (uncontested)
Industry Officer
(no nominees)
Sophie Chinn (uncontested for higher preference)
Ordinary Committee Members
Ashley Lamont
Matthew Chen
Oliver Balfour
Felix Friedlander
Sophie Chinn (uncontested for higher preference)
Leopold Zhou (uncontested for higher preference)

Ashley Lamont

Positions in pref order:

  1. Ordinary Committee Member

Blurb:

Hey everyone, I’m Ashley, although some of you may know me better as AshCo! (She/They)

I’m a first year (in 2021) student studying Advanced Computing. I’m also the main admin on the “ANU First Year Computing” discord server which I’ve built as an active hub for collaboration and learning amongst first year students in courses like COMP1130, COMP1140, COMP1720, etc. and have helped to grow and become ANU’s fourth largest discord server, and the largest ANU “Classes & Subjects” server*.

I’m hoping to try and become more involved in the CSSA as an OCM and to learn more about how it operates and how I can help to contribute to it and make it better for all computing students at ANU. I also hope to be able to use many of the skills and connections I’ve made through the FYC to help ANU students, especially newer students trying to navigate an increasingly complex world with challenges like Covid, Online learning and BGP Withdrawal Updates (let’s hope that joke ages well) alongside the CSSA’s existing set of excellent resources and support networks.

I guess there’s not too much else to really say beyond that, I’m here, I’m queer (although that’s largely besides the point, even if it does rhyme 😅) and I’m ready to do what I can if y’all will have me on board!

*(ANU Discord Student Hub, October 2021)

Sophie Chinn (Incumbent Secretary)

Positions in pref order:

  1. Secretary (uncontested)
  2. Ordinary Committee Member
  3. Vice-President
  4. Treasurer
  5. Industry Officer

Blurb:

My name is Sophie and I am the current secretary of CSSA. In the past, I have also held the position of Vice President; in total, I’ve been an active committee member for nearly 2 years, and an active member of the CSSA for 4 years. Although I haven’t been active during lockdown, I have been highly active in the committee when CSSA was running things in person. I’m running for the positions listed solely to be a back up choice if you don’t want to vote for the new candidates. I highly advise to elect new people for the roles listed but please vote for me only if you consider none of the candidates can help out in the long term. From my experience, CSSA committee members go through burn out because the community inside and outside of the committee does not have enough committing volunteers to help the committee run events and/or committee members have new other commitments. I encourage you as a voting member to consider candidates who are responsible enough to fulfil their roles and at least uphold baseline communication & attendance to meetings (like give at least a notice of absence if you can’t attend things). My goal regardless of the election outcome is to restart a community environment where people not on committee gets involved with committee things such as helping out with events, coming up with ideas, and being an OCM outside of committee (I will definitely be applying for Common Room Officer in future because that is a good position to achieve my goal). So please only vote for me if you think there is no other suitable candidates. Thanks for reading!

Sandy Ma (Incumbent Industry Officer)

Positions in pref order:

  1. President (uncontested)
  2. Vice-President
  3. Secretary

Blurb:

Hi everyone :) After a year’s stint in student politics, I have decided to humble myself and run for CSSA President. After two years in the Industry Officer position, I hope to bring support and reliability as we try (again) to revive campus life and our on campus presence (please rona don’t take this away from me).

If elected, I hope to adopt a proactive approach, making use of the Summer break to check in with the committee and hopefully design a vague plan/calendar for the year. From there, if we succeed we succeed, if we don’t achieve all our goals, I hope to at least make sure everyone has had a good time on committee ykno.

Additionally, this year in my role as ANUSA rep, I found it really helpful to have a direct relationship with the CSSA to help collate and support advocacy issues within CS at ANU (thank you Felix). I hope to continue this relationship next year, and also continue CSSA’s role as an advocate for welfare and educational issues within the CS community.

Essentially, as President I will make sure the CSSA:

Matthew Chen

Positions in pref order:

  1. Vice-President
  2. Ordinary Committee Member

Blurb:

Hello, I’m Matthew Chen, next year I will be a third-year computing student. I have been a Common Room Officer (CRO) for the past year now. I’ve been able to meet a lot of people both in and out of the CSSA because of it. In the past year I have become more involved in the CSSA and the ANU (both online and in-person, before covid ☹) and would like to take it a step further.

As Vice President, I would be committed to expanding the CSSA presence both on-campus and online. With the hopes of a return back to campus next year, I plan to bring back any events not run due to COVID and support existing events such as Installfest and Games Night. I would also investigate ways to boost collaborations/events with other clubs from all over campus. Also on the agenda would be new events for competitive/casual programming and teams for events such as Google Hash Code. Options for new CSSA merchandise to better showcase and promote the club, both on and off campus, will also be looked at.

As a General Representative, I would strive to support to the club and the committee where required and to help promote and expand the CSSA presence both on and off campus.

If I am elected for any of the abovementioned roles, I will endeavour to create the best community possible while bestowing my past experiences to future members. I would also be dedicated to creating and fostering a positive and engaging environment for all current and future CSSA and non-CSSA members who decide to join us on this journey.

Leopold Zhou (Incumbent International Officer)

Positions in pref order:

  1. International Officer (uncontested)
  2. Ordinary Committee Member

Blurb:

Hello friends. I’m Leo. I’m a third year computer science and business student. It’s been a while since I started as the International Representative - or International Officer - in 2019. The past two years are definitely challenging for many CSSA members, especially the international students cohort. I’m really glad that some of my efforts have helped you during the tough time. I’ve always been keen on CSSA events. You might have met me in some of them. Since we are (very likely) welcoming international students back next year. I’m excited about what I can do next year to help them enjoy the culture at CSSA. With more countries moving to the “new normal”, I’m very thrilled to bring more global opportunities to our members. One of my vision for next year is bringing some events + merch + free food supported by GitHub to ANU and CSSA. Hopefully this will also extend my original plan “building international partners”.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all at our AGM. ;-).

Oliver Balfour

Positions in pref order:

  1. Vice-President
  2. Ordinary Committee Member

Blurb:

Hi, I’m Oliver. In 2022 I’ll be a 2nd year computer science and maths student. I was a course rep for COMP1100 last sem and I’m a common room officer now, and I’ve been very involved in the CSSA community since O week. If you’re a first year CS student, there’s a good chance we’ve crossed paths already! If not, I’d love to meet you :-)

I have lots of ideas of where to take the club (no promises though!)

After the amount of free pizza, advice and support I’ve received through the CSSA community I’d love the chance to give back!

Chris Ward (Incumbent Treasurer)

Positions in pref order:

  1. Treasurer (uncontested)

Blurb:

Me again, will continue to manage the cssa accounts effectively with accountability using Xero. Will do my very best in supporting the committee to return the cssa back to its pre covid glory

Felix Friedlander (Incumbent President)

Positions in pref order:

  1. Ordinary Committee Member

Blurb:

Hi! I’m Felix, and I’ve been honoured to be your president for two years.

While my time in the big chair is well due to end, I’m running this year as an ordinary committee member, like many outgoing presidents of years past. This is primarily to help ease the transition to what is shaping up to be quite a different committee.

In addition to supporting the new committee in whatever ways they see fit, I would in particular like to keep tinkering away at improving the CSSA’s internal and public-facing infrastructure - as “CSSA sysadmin”, if you like - and I feel like an OCM is an appropriate position to do that from.

Annual General Meeting 2021

 by Felix Friedlander

The CSSA is pleased to invite all members to our 2021

Annual General Meeting

to be held online, Friday 29th October (Friday of Week 12), from 6pm.

Details, including the agenda and (eventually) the meeting link, will be made available at https://cssa.club/agm2021. (There’s nothing there yet, be patient.)

Remember, if you’re interested in being part of the 2021-22 CSSA committee, nominations are still open until Sunday night! You can nominate for any position at https://cssa.club/nominate2021, and I’d encourage anyone interested to give it a go.

If you have any questions, you can contact the committee at anucssa@anu.edu.au, or the returning officer at jonathan.connor@anu.edu.au.

See you there!

Committee nominations are open!

 by Jon Connor

Nominations for committee positions in the Computer Science Students’ Association (CSSA) are now open. The CSSA will be holding its AGM in Week 12, where all committee positions are elected. Candidates must fill out this form before midnight on 17th of October (Week 10 Sunday). All positions, except that of an ordinary committee member, may only be nominated for by a current ANU student.

If you’re unfamiliar with any of the positions, the election process, or would like to talk to current members of the society to see what it’s all about, you can join us online with Discord or IRC.

2020 Annual General Meeting Minutes

 by Elias Elwyn

Minutes for the 2020 Annual General Meeting are now available here.

2020/2021 Committee Election Results

 by Jon Connor

Congratulations to the next ANU CSSA Committee of 2020/2021.

Elected to positions,

2021 Committee Nominations

 by Jon Connor

Nominations for the 2021 CSSA committee are now closed and the list of nominees has been finalized. See you at the AGM at 3pm, Wednesday 23 September at Theatre 3.

President (unopposed)
Felix Friedlander
Vice-President
Nayoon Kim
Sophie Chinn
Felix Friedlander
Elias Elwyn
Treaurer
Chris Ward
Elias Elwyn
Secretary
Nayoon Kim
Talyah Livanes
Thomas Burnett
Sophie Chinn
Elias Elwyn
Felix Friedlander
Industry Representative (unopposed)
Sandy Ma
Postgraduate Representative (unopposed)
Abigail Thomas
Diversity Representative
Mage Pye
Elias Elwyn
International Representative
Leopold Zhou
Nayoon Kim
General Representatives
Sophie Chinn
Joshua Corner
Felix Friedlander
Robert Jeffrey
Mage Pye
David Quarel
Sylvester Shan
Chris Ward
Leopold Zhou
Thomas Burnett
Talyah Livanes
Elias Elwyn

Candidate Statements

David Quarel

I’m a tutor, and I like running study events, and being a link between courses and the CSSA.

Preferences:

  1. General Representative

Talyah Livanes

Hi, I’m Talyah Livanes – most students and staff know me personally and online as Cappy. I’m a 23 year old undergraduate student undertaking a Bachelor of Design and I have nominated myself primarily for General Representative and also the Secretary role for the upcoming CSSA election.

Although based in the ANU School of Art and Design, I have always held a keen eye for Computer Science and Information Technology, picking up various courses as electives throughout my time at ANU. As things are now, I have a strong online presence throughout the ANU affiliated discord servers, especially as admin of the ANU Students discord server. With 2020 and all the challenges it has given us, I have amped up my involvement with the community as the online environment became our new norm.

As ANU continues to adapt to the challenges presented by this year and the next and converts into a hybrid learning institution, I hope to be a part of CSSA as either a General Representative or a Secretary, utilising my skills and experience to create a rewarding atmosphere both online and on-campus for students. If elected in either of my nominated roles, I will be committed to creating a more engaging, inclusive, and fulfilling community for the already welcoming and vibrant CSSA.

Thank you! Preferences:

  1. Secretary
  2. General Representative

Thomas Burnett

G’day, I’m Thomas. Next year I’ll be in my second year of a predominately physics and maths undergrad, with a bit of compsci sprinkled around.

In my year as a member, the CSSA has connected me with CTF cyber-sec comps, competitive programming, and has been there in the group chat to help troubleshoot misbehaving code or computers. For this I am grateful, and I see attributes like these, along with the culture, as being foundational to the Association.

If elected as a gen-rep, I would view issues through the lens of inclusivity of all students regardless of if their degree says CompSci. CSSA has helped satiate my need for compsci, and open my eyes further to the field. I would be honoured to help others in this way as a 2021 gen-rep.

If elected as secretary, I will do the required work early, and effectively. Mail merge, timetabling, clear immersive \LaTeX minutes, early notification of upcoming dates, who doesn’t love these sorts of things? You want them? I can provide them. That’s my pitch.

Preferences:

  1. Secretary
  2. General Representative

Sylvester Shan

Yeet it

Preferences:

  1. General Representative

Felix Friedlander

Hi! It’s been a long year for us all, so I’ll keep it brief.

In short: I feel like I’ve been taking the CSSA in a reasonable direction as President, and I’ve plenty more plans (as a result of COVID, many of these plans are essentially last year’s plans).

In addition to all the stuff I said last year, however, I plan on having a big focus on enabling the rest of our committee to do the most they can for the society. (I’m already working on this, a little.)

A more detailed description of where I’ve taken the society and where I think we’re going will be in my President’s Report, if you’re interested. Otherwise, I apologise for the shameful lack of free food this year; we’ll find a way to do better one way or another.

Out of space now - thanks for reading!

Preferences:

  1. President
  2. Vice-President
  3. Secretary
  4. General Representative

Robert Jeffrey

I was Vice-President between 2017 and 2019. I’m hoping to help the CSSA find ways of engaging with first-year students, running social events that work during remote teaching, and organising academic events for students to learn about interesting new research.

Preferences:

  1. General Representative

Elias Elwyn

Before I launch into the classic “tugs at your heartstrings” speech, I’d like to preface: Were I to be elected secretary, I will make it my mission to release minutes within this decade, in contrast with every CSSA secretary since Rachel, so I’m told. They will be pretty and typeset in LaTeX.

TL;DR of the rest of this statement: I’d very much like to do the thing.

I’ve been very engaged with the CSSA ever since I landed in Canberra (February this year), and have thoroughly enjoyed my time on committee as General Representative (from April). The CSSA has helped me find a community in a foreign place, as well as provided a place to learn the things that I don’t get to learn in class. The people here have put me back on a path that makes sense when I’ve gotten lost navigating bureaucracy, and showed me that I could be so many things that I didn’t know were possible before.

I’d like to help this world grow, to the best of my capability, as I’ve found my family here. I’d like to give back.

Under the guidance of the 2020 committee, and others, I’ve learnt much about the inner workings of societies and clubs, and it is very much something I’d like to be more involved in, especially seeing the joy it brings, and can continue to bring, to people – whether they be new to the school, area, or returning for yet another year.

I’m currently completing a BAC(R&D)/BS, and probably will continue to do so for another 6 years, poking around the areas of systems, logic, algorithms, as well as pure maths and maybe some physics if I can jam it in.

Preferences:

  1. Secretary
  2. Vice-President
  3. Diversity Representative
  4. General Representative

Sandy Ma

Hello :) My name is Sandy and I would love to be your industry rep again!

My term started when I filled in a casual vacancy so admittedly I did not get a lot of time to prepare for the role - if elected, I’ll be sure to spend the Summer preparing for some amazing sponsors and spicy sponsored events in O-Week.

Rona ruined a lot of my hopes and dreams for this year and I hope to use the opportunity of a second term to make those dreams come true.

Dreams include:

All with industry mentors available to maximise our employability in the field!!

Preferences:

  1. Industry Representative

Mage Pye (They/Them)

Hi all! I’ve been the diversity rep this year and I’d love to do it again. Even though this year limited the events we could run, I’ve built connections with CECS diversity and inclusion, ESA Queer* and Women’s reps, and Science Soc Queer*

I’m in the process of working with school and ESA to run autonomous Queer* meetups for CECS students, and I’m admin of the ANU Queer* STEM facebook group.

Next year I want to keep working on Queer* community events, making CSSA spaces welcoming for people who might not always feel welcome in computer science spaces, and generally making our community an even better place than it is.

Preferences:

  1. Diversity Representative
  2. General Representative

Abigail Thomas

Did it last year, didn’t get to do much bc covid, hopefully we can get back to doing stuff in person soon but if not I’m thinking about having an online chat.

Preferences:

  1. Postgraduate Representative

Sophie Chinn

As Vice-President in the last term, I have done my best to support the CSSA committee members, from doing paperwork and filling out society forms to working with people to keep to deadlines and providing emotional support, especially in this remote-learning environment. The past term has proven that having someone on exec with a entirely different timetable than the rest of the team really helps with keeping projects on track. As the “resident biologist”, I would like to continue serving on any exec position so when everyone needs to dash off to do comp assignments, I can “hold the fort” and keep the society running until they are all free. I would like to let you decide which role I would serve best in, whether it be utilizing my scheduling and people skills as Vice-Pres, implementing my love for paperwork as Secretary, or be a hardworking gen rep. I believe that whatever role I will be selected for, I can serve my fellow ANU students effectively.

Preferences:

  1. Vice-President
  2. Secretary
  3. General Representative

Nayoon Kim

First and foremost, if I get elected as a Vice President, I will focus on assisting the President organising events, doing my best for CSSA, and giving both academic and career support to students. Although there are not many events due to COVID recently, I will work for events such as Installfest, Virtual Games Night, and talks to run successfully. I will help students tired of COVID. I would like to contribute to CSSA and ensure a pleasing environment for all students. I will do whatever I can to support and improve CSSA. On top of that, I’ll work to make sure our study events and industry talks to continue smoothly do that CSSA becomes a society that every CS student wants to join and actively be involved. I want to be part of creating my fun and fruitful events and programmes for all students to gain something, and meet other people. Moreover, as an international student, I would like to offer additional assistance needed for international members here in CSSA - I believe there are quite numbers of them- especially when I can understand your needs.

Preferences:

  1. Vice-President
  2. Secretary
  3. International Representative

Leopold Zhou

Hi all! I’m Leo. I’m a second year computer science and business student. I’ve been the International Representative since 2019. I’m keen on participating in CSSA events and helped organise a few. You might have met me in those study events (hopefully they can be back in person soon). Engaging actively in this community has brought me a wonderful experience. I hope to bring it to more international students.

My experience and background enable me with adequate interpersonal skills to deal effectively with people from multicultural backgrounds. That said, 2020 disrupted many of my plans, one of which is an international dinner. I hope to bring it to you in the coming year. I’m currently working on the International partnership program which will help CSSA get in touch with CS-related societies around the world so that our members can have a channel communicating with CS students from different backgrounds. I have contacted societies from several universities and I’d like to launch the pilot phase in this semester.

Again, “Talk is so cheap”, I’d like to show you the real work :-).

Preferences:

  1. International Representiative
  2. General Representiative

Chris Ward

In my time as treasurer in the last year, I’ve migrated the CSSA accounts to Xero, allowing us to clearly see where our income and expenses lie, and to ensure our funds are used appropriately. I have also continued to maintain our vending machine fleet to ensure additional revenue for the society.

Preferences:

  1. Treasurer
  2. General Representative

CSSA Newsletter - Week 1

 by The CSSA Committee

Welcome to Semester 2!

Hopefully these first few days of remote learning have treated you well. The CSSA is starting this semester’s social calendar off right away, with our

EPIC GAMES NIGHT: REMOTE EDITION

this

Wednesday, 29 July, 7PM - late

Yes, that’s TONIGHT!

We’ll be co-ordinating everything through the CSSA Discord - if you aren’t there already, you can join with this link: https://discord.gg/UETrGuS.

There’ll be Minecraft, Urban Terror, social deception games, various game tournaments thanks to the amazing people at ANU Esports, and more – come join in the fun and kick off the semester right!


Of course, the start of semester is more than an opportunity to catch up with friends, and without in-person tutorials, setting up your computer with everything you need for the new semester can be tricky.

Never fear, the CSSA is also running our regular

INSTALLFEST

this

Friday, 31 July, 5PM - 8PM

We’ll be there to help you get set up for COMP1110/1140 or COMP2310, as well as the VDI that many courses (including COMP1100) are using.

Just like many of your courses, we’ll be using Microsoft Teams to run this event - join the CSSA team at https://cssa.club/team.


And now, a word from our sponsor, Optiver:

Optiver is pleased to confirm we’re continuing to hire Graduate and Intern talent! Join our virtual information sessions to learn how your quantitative and technical skills can lead to success at Optiver. In our interactive Trading webinar, our Head of Trading Education will give you an insight into Optiver, explain the role of our traders and the culture that drives our success as a market leading trading firm. In our Virtual Tech Talk, our Head of IT Education will talk about Optiver’s techniques and strategies for tackling challenging technical problems. Sessions begin next Thursday 30th July. Register at https://bit.ly/3eWnCjn with access code: optiver.


That’s all for this week’s newsletter - and as always, if there’s anything the CSSA can do for you, you can email us at anucssa@anu.edu.au or reach us on any of our online platforms.

CSSA Newsletter - Winter 1

 by The CSSA Committee

Hello from the ANU CSSA!

Like many student societies, we have been somewhat dormant over the past months, which have affected everyone in different ways. However, while it looks like CS will be anything but “normal” this coming semester, we’ll be doing our very best to keep you connected, entertained, and supported.

We have a bunch of events in the works! In particular, save the date for our fully remote Bush Week games night - Wednesday 29th July. Some exciting merchandise should also be coming soon. As always, you can keep updated by reading this newsletter, checking our website at https://cssa.club, and keeping up with our social media.

Due to the University’s COVID-19 precautions, the common room may not be open for some time. Rest assured we are working tirelessly to ensure the common room opens the minute it is safe and permitted to, and we’ll keep you updated. For those looking for another way to stay engaged with the society, you can join our Discord at https://discord.gg/UETrGuS - it’s a great way to connect with everyone in and around the CSSA.


After an absolutely crazy first semester, the College of Engineering and Computer Science is looking to recognise tutors, lecturers, and other teaching staff who’ve done a particularly good job of supporting their students despite everything. You can nominate anyone, or any course, that impressed you at https://cecs.anu.edu.au/remote-teaching-and-student-experience-awards-semester-1-2020 - nominations close on Monday (20th July), and the form is very simple, so if you’re thinking about submitting one, why not do it now!

Remember, if you want to share your specific experiences of remote learning, be it praise, criticism, or ideas for improvement, the CSSA is always happy to hear from you - drop us a line at anucssa@anu.edu.au or on any of our social platforms.


EY, a CSSA sponsor, has two virtual events coming up:

EY STEM Showcase

Keen to understand how and where your STEM degree fits in within professional services and EY specifically? Join us to learn more about the opportunities available to you and to hear from a range of EY professionals with STEM backgrounds about their career journeys.

When
Monday 27 July 2020 Time
1.00pm – 2.45pm AEST

RSVP here by 24 July

EY GenTech Career Showcase

Calling our tech students or tech enthusiasts! We’re collaborating with the EY wavespace™ team to bring you a virtual showcase that will help you build on your knowledge of EY and the career opportunities available to you and provide you with an immersive learning experience. We’re also excited to give you a teaser of our exciting new annual technology student event launching later in the year, EY Tech Fest.

When
Thursday 6 August 2020 Time
12:30pm – 2:30pm AEST

RSVP here by 29 July


That’s all for this week’s newsletter - until next week, stay safe!

Election Results

 by Tyrus Caldeira

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:

President
Felix Friedlander
Vice-President
Sophie Chinn
Treasurer
Chris Ward
Secretary
Jon Connor
Industry Representative
Murdock Grewar
Postgraduate Representative
Abigail Thomas
Diversity Representative
Mage Pye
International Representative
Leopold Zhou
General Representatives
Josh Corner
David Quarel
Sylvester Shan

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 u5800279@anu.edu.au.

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.

President
Felix Friedlander
Rahul Ghangas
Vice-President
Zak Brighton-Knight
Sophie Chinn
Felix Friedlander
Rahul Ghangas
Robert Jeffrey
Treaurer (unopposed)
Christopher Ward
Secretary
Jon Connor
Felix Friedlander
Robert Jeffrey
Industry Representative (unopposed)
Murdock Grewar
Postgraduate Representative (unopposed)
Murdock Grewar (unopposed for higher preference)
Abigail Thomas
Diversity Representative (unopposed)
Mage Pye
International Representative (unopposed)
Leopold Zhou
General Representatives (3)
Zak Brighton-Knight
Sophie Chinn
Jon Connor
Joshua Corner
Felix Friedlander
Robert Jeffrey
Mage Pye (unopposed for higher preference)
David Quarel
Sylvester Shan
Christopher Ward (unopposed for higher preference)
Leopold Zhou (unopposed for higher preference)

Candidate Statements

Zak Brighton-Knight

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

Preferences:

  1. Vice-President
  2. General Representative

Sophie Chinn

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.

Preferences:

  1. Vice-President
  2. General Representative

Jon Connor

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.

Preferences:

  1. Secretary
  2. General Representative

Joshua Corner

I try to be a positive influence on the common room, and on the committee’s decision making in general.

Felix Friedlander

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!

Preferences:

  1. President
  2. Secretary
  3. Vice-President
  4. General Representative

Rahul Ghangas

Come hear me at the AGM and you will know.

Preferences:

  1. President
  2. Vice-President

Murdock Grewar

This statement has since been removed at the candidate’s request. If you have any questions, please contact the CSSA committee.

Preferences:

  1. Industry Representative
  2. Postgraduate Representative

Robert Jeffrey

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.

Preferences:

  1. Vice-President
  2. Secretary
  3. General Representative

Mage Pye

I’m Mage, 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.

Preferences:

  1. Diversity Representative
  2. General Representative

David Quarel

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.

Sylvester Shan

I think I could be helpful others to organising events, but not helpful to organise an event xd

Abigail Thomas

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.

Christopher Ward

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.

Preferences:

  1. Treasurer
  2. General Representiative

Leopold Zhou

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 :-)”

Preferences:

  1. International Representative
  2. General Representative

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:

Note that to nominate for any position other than General Representative, you must be a current ANU student.

To apply for one or more positions, please fill out the nomination form.

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:

  1. Opening and Acknowledgement

  2. Motions with Notice

Motion 2.1. That the constitution of the CSSA be replaced with the following: pdf

Nice and simple!

Food will be provided, and our usual Monday Games Night will be starting immediately after the conclusion of the general meeting.

If you have any questions or suggestions relating to the new constitution, please don’t hesitate to contact felix.friedlander@anu.edu.au.

For some idea of what needed improving, have a read of the old constitution (or ask anyone who has tried to run a CSSA election without violating it!)

Hope to see you there!

2019 Committee (Election Results)

Congratulations to the following people for being elected to:

President
David Quarel
Vice-President
Robert Jeffrey
Treasurer
Faizan Siddiqui
Secretary
Jon Connor
International Representative
Danny Feng
Postgraduate Representative
Peter Quarel
Women’s Representative
Katrina Hu
General Representatives
Woojin Ra
Joshua Corner
Kunal Sareen
Chris Ward
Zak Brighton-Knight
Tommy Liu

Minutes from the AGM will be available in the near future. Thanks to everyone who turned up to the AGM, as well as all of our candidates.