Group Constitutions
The Moment
Constitution

The goal of this organization is to further the ideas and expectations of students who are involved or have interest in the natural and physical sciences and the engineering disciplines. This is to be accomplished by conveying information to the students, shedding light on new advances in numerous scientific fields, and by letting students know what is happening in their school and how it affects them.

Article I Name

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Moment.

Section 2. The executive Board of the Moment shall be made up of the seven Editors, hereafter referred to as the 'Board.'

Article II - Purpose

Section 1. The purpose of this organization shall be to publish a newspaper.

Section 2. The Board will determine the layout and what will be printed. the Moment will accept letters to the Editor which may be edited for length and language by the paper, but only those which are deemed relevant shall be printed. The Board also has the responsibility of allocating the organization's funds as it sees fit.

Article III - Membership

Section 1. The requirement for membership is participation in some function of the organization. The right to vote in an election or to make a nomination requires participation in the organization for one half of the previous issues prior to the elections.

Section 2. Only members who are undergraduate students in Barnard College, Columbia College, or the School of Engineering and Applied Science may hold office.

Section 3. Members may be impeached by a majority vote of the Board in closed session. Membership may be revoked by the Board within two weeks of impeachment, with a vote of two-thirds to remove, if the member attempts to use the newspaper to intentionally commit libel, impede the production of the paper, or to reap personal monetary gain. The procedure will be as follows: a Board member will make a statement of accusation. The accused may follow with a statement of defense to the Board. The Vote will be held in closed session.

Article IV - Meetings and Procedures

Section 1. Members of the Board shall meet once a week. Emergency meetings may be called by the Editor-in-Chief; in the Editor-in-Chief's absence an emergency meeting may be called by any of the three writing editors (the Features and Editorial Editors).

Section 2. Any board member has the right to submit a proposal that shall be reviewed and voted on by the Board. A majority vote in consent is needed to pass the proposal.

Article V - Officers

Section 1. The organization shall have the following officers: an Editor-in-Chief, a Business Manager, two Features Editors, an Editorial Page Editor, a Public Relations Coordinator, and a Layout Editor. These positions shall be filled in the first week of April. The selection process shall be as follows: each member of the organization can make one nomination for each position; each candidate needs two nominations to be eligible for a position. Of the eligible nominees, the one who receives the most votes by the membership for the position will occupy it. Note that at the end of each academic year all positions will be open for nominations. The current Board members may nominate themselves if desired.

Section 2. The duties of these officers shall be to decide content, scheduling, and programming of the paper.

Section 3. Immediately following the April elections, the outgoing Executive Board members shall retain their positions for all remaining issues of the academic year; the newly elected officers shall assume temporary positions on the Associate Board for the purpose of assisting in the production of the remaining issues. The Associate Board Members shall assume their positions on the Executive Board immediately following publication of the final issue of the academic year.

Article VI - Removing Officers

Section 1. A Board member may be impeached by a majority vote and removed by the Board, with a vote of two-thirds to remove, if the Board member attempts to use the newspaper to intentionally commit libel, impede the production of the paper, to reap personal monetary gain, or obstruct the goals of the paper. The procedure shall be as follows: a Board member will make a statement of accusation. The accused may follow with a statement of defense to the Board. The vote will be held in closed session.

Section 2. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Editor-in-Chief, the Board will nominate, by majority, an active Board member to fill the position within one week of the vacancy. That Board member's position is thus opened and must subsequently be filled. Therefore, follow procedures in Article VI, Section 3.

Section 3. In the event that a position other then Editor-in-Chief is vacated, the Editor-in-Chief will make a nomination to the Board. The nominee needs a majority vote by the Board to be approved.

Article VII - Amendments to the Constitution

Section 1. All proposed amendments to the constitution need two supporting Board members and need a two-thirds vote by the Board in favor to be adopted.

Article VIII - Ratification

Section 1. This constitution shall be established by a vote of a three-fourths majority of the membership of the organization.




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