The Leading Edge
Volume 9 - Issue 9

STUDENT COURT JUSTICE APPLICATIONS

**** Deadline is Tuesday, March 29, 2005 – See information at end of this newsletter for how to apply. ****

PANTHERS KEEP DANCN’

Congratulations to the Men’s Basketball Team! It’s not midnight yet and Cinderella just started to dance!

Don’t have tickets? Come to the UWM campus for the Official Viewing Party in the Gasthaus on the lower level of the UWM Union. The party starts at 5 p.m. Tip off is 6:27 p.m. Gasthaus not for you – then the Union is offering an alcohol-free and smoke-free viewing environment in the Ballroom on the first floor.

If you want to get closer to the action, you can head to Rosemont, Illinois, and join a pre-game rally at the Panthers' hotel, the Doubletree Hotel, 5460 North River Road. (Map). The rally, which starts at 4:30 p.m., will feature the UWM Panther band, cheerleaders, dance team, and mascot Victor E. Panther -- and of course, fellow fans. A game-time Panther TV party will also be held in the Doubletree ballroom.

Fans looking for Panther gear to express their Panther fever will be accommodated by the UWM Bookstore, which is remaining open during spring break to accommodate fans. The bookstore, located in the UWM Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., will be open and selling Panther gear from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, through Friday, March 25. The store will remain open until 5 p.m. on Thursday.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

The Student Association (SA) election is approaching and this is your opportunity to select your representatives in SA government and determine where your money for student organizations goes (see check-off below). The SA election will be held on April 12th and 13th, 2005. Polls will be at the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS) Building, the UWM Union, and at Sandburg Hall. Absentee ballots may be obtained by contacting the Independent Election Commissioner, Levi Sosa, at: saelections@uwm.edu or 229-6691.

No student or organization may use any university resources for political activity associated with these elections that includes your "@uwm.edu" email account, computer labs, student organization office equipment, and etcetera. Using off-campus email accounts to mail such as hotmail.com or yahoo.com to mail to individuals’ uwm.edu account is acceptable.

If your student organization is NOT classified as “political,” your organization may not endorse, donate money to, work on behalf of, or encourage its members to vote for any candidate or political party. If you are unsure of your organization’s classification please stop by the Center for Student Involvement, Union 350, or check the web page, www.uwm.edu/UWM/Student/Org.

CHECK-OFF FUNDING

Student organization codes and check-off voting instructions are now posted on the Independent Election Commission website: www.uwm.edu/Dept/SOAR/Stugovt/IEC/IEC.html. Every year students are given a chance to vote money to their favorite organizations. Check-off funding is the process for that purpose.

ELECTION POLICY FOR SANDBURG HALLS

Anyone desiring to campaign as a candidate or on behalf of a candidate for a UWM student political office must proceed according to the Sandburg policy. Door to door campaigning or solicitation of any kind is not allowed. Flyer and other materials may only be distributed through the Program Services Center or by reserving a booth. Candidates or their representatives may speak to residents in meeting rooms or House lounges - by invitation only - and at the times specified in the invitation. On the days of the election their will be no campaigning allowed in the lobby or within 50 feet of the entrances. Any questions related to the following University Housing policies regarding booth and room reservations, advertising or posting materials, and political campaigning, can be answered by staff in the Program Services Center, located in Sandburg Commons room 288, or by calling 229-5343

FREE MAJOR AND CAREER CHOICE WORKSHOPS!

Saturday, April 9th 2005 10:30 - 2:30 UE340
Saturday, April 30th 2005 10:30 - 2:30 UE340

This workshop can help you to identify important aspects of your career preferences and then to connect those preferences to research and learning about various majors and occupations. If you are unsure about your major or if you want to start exploring what careers match with your preferences and your major this workshop could be a valuable investment in your future. Reservations and short application required: Call 229-4486 or apply on line at http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/CDC/student_services.html#workshops.

5TH ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

The Center for Student Involvement is pleased to present its 5th Annual Achievement Awards Ceremony. Each year student organizations at UWM go above expectations and prove to be exemplary. This year was no different. Students and student organizations have worked hard to develop, grow, and obtain their goals. The Center for Student Involvement wants to recognize these students and their organizations. The Awards Ceremony will be held on April 20, 2005, at 12:30 pm in the Union Ballroom East.

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STUDENT COURT APPLICATIONS

If anyone is interested in filling the current Court vacancy, please submit a resume, cover letter, and two recommendations to the Center for Student Involvement c/o Student Court by Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at noon. For the two recommendations, include one personal recommendation from someone that knows you well and one from a legal scholar that can attest to you knowledge of the legal field. These recommendations are to be sealed in an envelope with the signature of the author of the recommendation across the seal.

In addition, you must also respond to all of the requirements outlined below. The interview stage will consist of a presentation and questioning period. You must make a presentation on the following topic: "The role of the judiciary in a three branch government." The presentation should last no less than 10 minutes and no more than 20 minutes. Following the presentation, a standard question and answer period will take place. All candidates must be available on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 from 3:00PM until 9:00PM for their presentation and interview. Questions: email chief@uwm.edu.

  1. List all of the powers of the University Student Court.
  2. Explain the importance of the University Student Court in terms of Student Organizations.
  3. Explain in detail any legal experience you may have.
  4. Is a court justice ever required to recuse themselves? Please describe each instance.
  5. What importance do you place on precedent?
  6. Please rephrase the entire Section 10 of the University Student Court Bylaws in terms of a timeline.
  7. Does the University Student Court have the power to affect the election? Elaborate on all of the powers of the court in this instance.
  8. Please review the Bush v. Gore opinions from the High Court at http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-949.ZPC.html and prepare briefs of the following opinions:
    -Opinion
    -Concurrence (C.J. Rehnquist)
    -Dissent (Stevens)
    -Dissent (Souter)
    -Dissent (Ginsburg)
    -Dissent (Breyer)

You must have six separate briefs, one for each of the opinions above. Each one must be 3/4 of a page at 12 pt font, 1 inch margins, double spaced. Responses to these eight requirements must be attached to your resume and cover letter. All submissions must be in print format.

 


Editor's Notes
The Leading Edge is filled with information, tips, and ideas to assist student organization officers, members & advisors in the management of their organizations. The Leading Edge is a monthly on-line newsletter published from September to April by the Center for Student Involvement.
Articles and copy ideas are due by the 20th of the month prior to when the information will be published. If you have suggestions or ideas for the newsletter, please sent them to activities@uwm.edu or to Leading Edge, Box 413, Union 350, Milwaukee, WI 53201.


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