Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Summer Update

Hey everyone,

I hope you all are having a lovely break so far. I, personally, have done nothing but read and drink. And travel a bit. It's been excellent.

Anyways, as you go about the warmer months, I have a couple of updates for things to come.

1. I have added several more awesome secular and political blogs to our list on the right. You really should check all of them out; I think there are a lot of varied and fascinating views represented now.

2. I am currently putting together my plan for our operations next school year, relating to who I want to bring in next year as guest speakers, event ideas, and my general philosophy as to what I think our aims should be. I am going to write a blog post sometime in the next week or so codifying this, especially regarding our values and activism.

However, this will be a post about my opinions; I want everyone who is involved with DAFT, regardless the level of your involvement, to help shape the direction of the group next year. So, if you know of someone you want to come speak to us, or want to do something new or make an existing idea better, PLEASE talk to me or someone else on the executive board! I am out of town until the 5th, but I would love to exchange ideas via e-mail or the phone until then. My personal e-mail is; if you want my phone, send me a message and I'll reply with the number.

3. If you haven't already noticed, DePaul has enabled the replacement for Demon Direct, which is now called OrgSync. Please go to the website and register as a member of DAFT on there. Just like last year, our membership numbers on OrgSync will have a big say in what kind of SAF-B funding we can receive. You can do this at We will pester you mercilessly until this happens, so please do it sooner rather than later!

That's all I have for now, but there will be more in the next few weeks. Continue to enjoy your time off, or if you haven't started to do it yet, get with the game.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

The DAFT Constitution

Photo Credit Mark Aparece

Hi heathens!

In order to be eligible for OrgSync, DAFT was asked to present a revised draft of the constitution. The following resulted from a meeting of the executive board in mid-May. Please read over it at your leisure. Any suggestions or questions are welcome in the comments to this post. Thanks!

DePaul Alliance for Free Thought

I.      Organization
a.      This organization shall be called the DePaul Alliance for Free Thought.
b.     DAFT exists for four primary reasons:
                                               i.     Provide a community for atheists, agnostics, humanists, and skeptics at DePaul University.
                                             ii.     Work to promote a positive view of non-belief on campus
                                            iii.     Educate the DePaul community about secular beliefs
                                            iv.     Advocate for the presence of logic and reason on DePaul’s campus
II.    Membership
a.     Membership will be open to any student, faculty, or staff member at DePaul.
b.     Individuals become members of DAFT by showing up to a meeting and joining the organization via OrgSync.
c.     Membership means that individuals are permitted to vote on organizational issues and staff DAFT events.
d.     A member who is exhibiting inappropriate behavior or who fails to promote a safe space for other members may be removed from the organization by a majority vote of the executive board.
                                               i.     If the executive board moves to evict a member, the President will notify the member via e-mail with a brief explanation of the board’s decision.
                                             ii.     Members who are removed from the organization are not eligible to re-join.
e.     Each year, members will be asked to pay a $5 due to be deposited in the organizational bank account. This due is completely voluntary.
III.  Leadership
a.     The executive board will consist of at least the following four positions: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
                                               i.     These positions are elected positions. Candidates win by a majority vote of the members.
                                             ii.     The president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer serve an annual term, at the end of which they are eligible to run for re-election.
                                            iii.     In the event that one of the above four positions is no longer able to carry out their duties, an emergency election will be held if interested candidates are available.
b.     The president may appoint other executive board positions such as chairs or liaisons as she or he sees fit.
IV.  Meetings
a.     The executive board schedules all meetings at the beginning of the year.
b.     DAFT will plan meetings on alternate nights of the week to accommodate students with schedule conflicts.
c.     At the beginning of each quarter, the president will poll DAFT’s members to determine which nights work best for the membership.
V.   Advisor
a.     DAFT will have a staff advisor who is available to consult with members of the group.
b.     The advisor is welcome at all meetings and events.
c.     The advisor’s primary duty is to serve as a consultant and to assist in completing documentation for events as necessary.
VI. Statement of Non-Discrimination
a.     Membership in DAFT is open to all students, staff, and faculty regardless of gender, age, belief or non-belief, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or major.
VII.                 Finances
a.     DAFT will maintain a bank account.
b.     The treasurer and president are responsible for the maintenance of the bank account.