2014 Committee LunchDate: Wednesday 6th week, Michaelmas 2014 (2014-11-19)
Present: Dan Turner (President), Krista Halttunen (Vice-President (Administrative)), Georgina Wilson (Secretary), Max Dalton (Treasurer), Alex Mullan (Lindsay), Anna Hufton (Dr. WHO), Matthew Lynch (Foody), Sam Bumby (Access and Admissions Officer), Anonymous (Access and Admissions Officer), Robert Walmsley (Affiliations Officer), Alex Cheng (Entz Officer), Kelly Brotherhood (Entz Officer), Thomas Posa (Ethnic Minorities Officer), Ian McFarlane (LGBTQ Officer), Alastair Bassett (LGBTQ Officer), Richard May (Website & Computing Officer), Izzy Williams (Women's Officer), Claudia Freemantle (Women's Officer)
Absent with apologies: Joe Mansour (Dr. WHO), Darryl Braier-Lorimer (Foody), Caitlin Tickell (Academic Affairs and Careers Officer), Ross Cathcart (Academic Affairs and Careers Officer), Henry Wisbey-Broom (Charities and RAG Officer), Elizabeth Tulloch (Student Disabilities Officer), Xavier Cohen (Environment & Ethics Officer), Rivka Micklethwaite (Environment & Ethics Officer), Harry Rimmer (John de Balliol)
Absent without explanation: Nina Plowfields (Affiliations Officer), Aisha Simon (Charities and RAG Officer), Colm Britchfield (Design & Maintenance Officer), James Kavanagh (Design & Maintenance Officer), Holly Marriott-Webb (John de Balliol), Eniola Oyesanya (Ethnic Minorities Officer)
- Committee Handover
- Christmas [Anna]
- Christmas Tree [Anna]
- Franks and Franks [Dan]
- Elections [Dan]
- TV room GM motions [Matt]
- J de B Panto [Georgina for Harry R]
1. Committee Handover
Dan was reminded about organising a committee handover event. He said that the bar will be open till 2am on Saturday night/Sunday morning, for everyone.
1. Christmas [Anna]
Last year we had mulled wine and mince pies in the JCR. Anna thinks this could be co-ordinated with decorating the tree. Richard is going to bring a motion to the GM so the committee can buy a tree every year.
Sam Bumby brought up the event where school children are coming into Balliol. Balliol and St Johns told the council that they didn’t want to have the procession of school children with lights along St Giles. The JCR have decided that we are going to have children in the College instead. Entz brought up the possibility of Christmas karaoke.
2. Christmas Tree [Anna]
Last year we got a proper tree and then after interviews gave it to a member of staff. People are already trying to sell Dan a tree by email. Chessy said that two years ago we spent £75 on a tree. We think this is probably fine, but the money couldn’t be passed at committee lunch. We agreed that decorating the tree could be a welfare thing.
3. Franks and Franks [Dan]
College is having a “rebranding” exercise over the next sixth months. Dan is meeting with the logo person, who wants to know how Balliol could be conveyed in a font style. Chessy pointed out that there has been some theory that women are put off applying to “pompous” Colleges. Claudia also objected to the adjective “edgy” to describe Balliol – “because it just isn’t”.
4. Elections [Dan]
Treasurer, VP, and affiliations officers hustings will take place next Sunday, so that people who don’t get a position who ran this time could run for those positions. Claudia pointed out the problem of people being handed a slip to vote for womens officer, or not, which might correspond to whether or not it is appropriate for them to vote for that position.
5. TV Room GM Motions [Matt]
Matt Lynch says that they would like to pass £500 to buy three sofas, two sets of lockers, and storage equipment. RM asked if they were planning on repainting it. They aren’t at the moment. MD asked where ML thought the money would come from. ML said Entz or General Fund. MD said that the General Fund is currently empty because of washing machine repairs. ML doesn’t yet know what they would do with the furniture currently in the TV room.
6. JdeB pantomime [Georgina for Harry Rimmer]
AH said that the people in it were committee; it was quite cutting about Committee members, and only about ten to fifteen minutes. AH said that we should ask the current and new JdeBs to do it, as a collaborative hand-over task.
The Entz are thinking of doing Christmas dinner online, on a first come first serve basis.
When we had a hand-over committee lunch, it was quite awkward and the tone wasn’t great. We won’t do that. I was passed up to £50 to buy sustenance for hand-over committee lunch in eighth week.
Anna Hufton reminded us that there will be a memorial service at 3.30pm for John on Friday. Alex Mullan said that the portrait of John (that will go behind the bar) is in progress.