Brandeis Bemani Revolution

"The Revolution will not be televised." - Gil Scott-Heron

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Brandeis Bemani Revolution (BBR) Constitution

1. The name of this club shall be the Brandeis Bemani Revolution, which can be abbreviated as BBR.

1a. Bemani shall be defined as any video game whose objective is to execute dance steps in time to music. An example of a Bemani game is Konami's Dance Dance Revolution. Bemani games typically involve use of feet, arms, or both.

2. The purpose of the BBR shall be to promote the competitive and recreational playing of Bemani, and to provide access to Bemani for the Brandeis community.

3. Officers shall be selected by popular vote among the voting members of the BBR. In order to be eligible for office, a person must be a member of the Brandeis community and a voting member of BBR.

3a. In order to run for office, a member must be nominated for that office. Voting members can nominate themselves or can be nominated by other voting members.

3b. If nominated by another club member, the candidate has the option of withdrawing from the election for the office for which he or she has been nominated.

3c. Club members may run for as many offices at a time as they wish. If a club member holds office already, he or she is not required to resign that office in order to take another office.

3d. The candidate who receives the most votes shall be considered the winner of the election. In the event that multiple candidates receive the highest number of votes, all other candidates will be removed from the ballot and votes will be recast. This process repeats until either a single candidate has been chosen or no candidate is eliminated. If a candidate is not chosen, the current officers, with the exception of any officer who is still a candidate for the contested position, must select a candidate by majority vote. If the officers' vote is a tie and the contested position is the presidency, the incumbent President shall select a candidate. If the officers' vote is a tie and the contested position is not the President, the incumbent Vice President shall select a candidate.

3e. Elections shall be held once a year, unless special elections are needed to fill vacant positions. A candidate must be selected for each position, including ones where the current candidate has served for less than a year. They will take place on the first meeting of Spring semester which occurs during the University's final examination period. The President will announce elections two weeks before they occur. If no meeting is anticipated during this period, elections will be held during the last meeting of Spring semester; however, elections may not be held the week before the final examination period. If elections are unable to take place, such as because an anticipated meeting is not held or insufficient members show up, elections will be held as soon as possible; they still must be announced two weeks in advance.

3f. Elections will be performed by secret ballot, to be immediately tallied in front of all members present by an overseer appointed by the President. The overseer may not be a candidate for any position.

3g. The officers-elect will replace the outgoing officers on the day after commencement. If no officer has been chosen for a particlar position at that time, the incoming officer for that position will take office on the day after the officer's election.

3h. Officers may lose their office by the following means: i) They are replaced via the standard election procedure, ii) They resign, by sending an email to the mailing list, iii) A motion of no confidence in an officer passes.

3i. If, at any time, an office is vacant, special elections to fill the position must be held at least once every 15 academic calendar days until the position is filled. The President must announce a date for special elections two weeks in advance. Special elections will be held as per subclause 3f. A candidate elected via special elections takes office immediately.

4. A motion of no confidence in an officer may be filed by any voting member when that member believes that the officer is no longer capable of or willing to fulfill his or her duties. In order to file a motion of no confidence, a member must email the mailing list and call for a vote of no confidence against a particular officer.

4a. Once a motion of no confidence has been called for, an overseer shall be appointed to direct the proceedings. The overseer will be the President unless the motion was directed against the President. If the motion was directed against the President, the Vice President will be the overseer.

4b. The motion will be voted on at a meeting decided by the overseer. The voting time must be announced two weeks in advance. If a vote is unable to be held at the announced time, a new time will be selected and announced two weeks in advance.

4c. A vote on a motion of no confidence will be performed by secret ballot and tallied immediately, in front of all members present, by the overseer. If the motion was called by the President or Vice President, a simple majority is necessary for the motion to pass. Otherwise, a 2/3 majority is necessary.

4d. If the motion passes, the officer is removed from office immediately.

5. The officers of Brandeis Bemani Revolution are:

5a. The President, who is the chief executive, and is responsible for: i) coordinating the other officers, ii) the policy and direction of the club, iii) running meetings, including taking attendance, iv) special club events, v) the duties of any vacant office, vi) any duties of another officer which the officer is unable to perform, viii) and interacting with outside bodies;

5b. The Vice President, who is responsible for: i) club equipment, ii) fulfilling any of the President's duties which the President chooses to delegate or is unable to perform;

5c. The Treasurer, who is responsible for overseeing and managing the club's finances;

5d. The Director of Public Relations, who is responsible for: i) calling and publicizing meetings, ii) announcing each meeting on the mailing list, iii) posting each meeting on the myBrandeis calendar, iv) designing and maintaining the club's website.

6. The term of office for all BBR offices shall be one year.

6a. If at any time there is no officer for any of the positions, elections must be held for that position at the next BBR meeting.

6b. If there are no candidates for an empty office, the President shall fill that office until a candidate wins an election for that office. While the President is filling a club office for which he or she was not elected, elections shall be held for that office at all BBR meetings.

7. Any person who is subscribed to the BBR mailing list is considered a member of the club. Additionally, any person who has attended a total of at least three meetings in the current and/or previous semesters is a voting member. Only voting members may vote, e.g. for bylaws, officers, constitutional amendments, etc.

8. BBR meetings shall consist of announcements, discussion and voting on referenda (if there are any), elections for club offices (if any are required at the moment), and playing of Bemani.

8a. In order for a BBR gathering to be considered an official meeting, the President must be present. If the President is not able to attend but wishes to have a meeting, he or she may appoint one of the other club officers Acting President for that meeting.

8b. BBR meetings shall be held approximately once a week.

8c. The President may also organize off-campus meetings; for example, at Jillian's, where a Dance Dance Revolution arcade machine can be found. At an off-campus meeting, elections for club offices and referenda shall not be held, but these meetings do count towards the meetings that a member is required to attend in order to become a voting member.

8d. In order for elections to be held at a meeting, there must be at least ten voting members present, including all officers.

9. Purchases may be made using club funds.

9a. All items purchased using club funds shall be considered BBR property and shall go under the custody of the President.

9b. A purchase must be authorized by all officers or by the Treasurer and a two-thirds majority of the club. Should the Treasurer decide to attempt to make a purchase using the two-thirds majority method, he or she must bring it up as a referendum at a meeting.

9c. The date of for a referendum vote must be announced two weeks in advance by the President. Referenda votes will be conducted by secret ballot and immediately tallied in front of all members present by the President.

10. This constitution shall be adopted by two-thirds majority vote at the first meeting of the BBR.

10a. This constitution may be amended through referenda. In order to pass the amendment referendum, a two-thirds majority of voting members is required.

10b. A two-thirds majority shall be defined as the number of voting members present at a meeting, divided by three, times two, rounded DOWN to the nearest integer. For example, at a meeting with 10 voting members, 6 votes would be required for a two-thirds majority.

11. The Brandeis Bemani Revolution is a non-exclusive club, and as such does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, academic standing, age, or class.

12. This club seeks to be chartered.

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