167th Council Elected!

After a great AGM on the 24th of March, the council for the 167th session has been elected! Thanks for everyone that voted, we are set for a great year ahead ūüôā

President: Marie-Louise Synnott
Secretary: Robbie Whitehurst
Treasurer: Craig Miller
External Convenor: Ben Murphy
Internal Convenor: Eoghan Mulholland
Outreach Officer: Lili Vetter
Open Representative: James McNaney
Second-Year Representative: Gemma Canham
First-Year Rep: TBC in October

Godkin Debate: This House Believes Too Many People Go to University

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The 8th meeting of the 165th Session of the Literific took place on the 21st of November in the Senate Room. Despite what President Kydd says, it was in fact our 3rd annual Godkin Debate and not our 165th.

Emma Chadwick, Connor Hogan and Aisha Sobey were battling for maiden speaker on the proposition. Emma argued that encouraging everyone to go to university would be bad for those not suited to it, those that are and responsible for the economy which we are currently seeing. He claimed that university degrees are becoming worthless and that they are not required for economic growth. Aisha told the House that university shouldn’t be a social expectation and that life skills are heard in the work place, not in lecture theatres.

Ben Murphy, Aaron Toleman and Harry Adair argued for the opposition. Murphy claimed that universities should change to suit everyone but as it stands it doesn’t allow a lot of people to go. Toleman said that you are more likely to get a job if you have a degree than if not and that there is a causation between going to university and having a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking. Adair explained that the only reason we have an established academic nature is because university is open to all and it should remain so.

The debate then went to the floor.
We went to a vote and the motion passed.
Paul Shannon, our eternal leader, then went through everyone’s speeches and the winner announced was…¬†Connor Hogan!¬†Congrats!

 

This House Believes Northern Ireland is Failing Young People

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The 2nd Ordinary meeting of the Literific took place on the 10th of October in the Senate Room.

The motion was THB NI is Failing Young People.

Mr Alex Kane,¬†Dr Graham Brownlow and¬†Mr Sam Donaldson took to the floor in proposition of the argument: Mr. Kane declared that the government has not given¬†children the future their parents aspired to, Brownlow told the House that NI is in not grasping economical opportunities or preparing for a future where BRICS¬†will be the man players in trade. Mr. Donaldson concluded that NI has always had serious problems and that it is our own fault. He claimed that the future is bleak and that it is what forces him to drink ūüė¶

Maiden speakers Alexander McCabe and Kim Campbell joined Literific veteran Jonathan Finlay in opposition. Alexander claimed there were three main areas that had to be taken into consideration: education, employment and sectarianism. Ms Campbell used the Ulster Project and the Literific as examples of opportunities available to young people and Mr Finlay concluded by stating that NI is not uniquely failing young people but, instead, all governments are doing so.

The debate then went to the floor.
The motion passed.