Putschblatt

Putschblatt No. 14

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Dear Students,
Dear University members,

Shortly before Christmas, we had the opportunity to witness how a meaningful debate can take place online. Over 120 participants attended the online event on the "Shenzhen International School of Design”. The participants discussed and debated the topic actively. Although, for many, the event generated more questions than answers, it still permitted participants to voice their concerns and to open the discussion. We consider such large-scale discussions to be extremely important, especially when addressing topics as complex and as controversial as ZHdK's involvement in China. We remain committed to following up on the issue.

We wish you all a successful and exciting 2021! 
VERSO

CONTENTS:
DISCUSSION EVENT ON SISD IN CHINA
VERSO PROJECT FUND
BILINGUALISM
STUDENTS AND THE CORONA SITUATION
PLENARY MEETING & GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SEMESTER ASSEMBLY 16
CHANGES IN THE STUDENT COUNCIL & NEW CO-PRESIDIUM
DATES

DISCUSSION EVENT ON SISD IN CHINA
The School of Design and Architecture (SISD), which ZHdK plans to establish in Shenzhen in cooperation with the Chinese Harbin Institute of Technology and two other European universities, has already caused quite a stir at ZHdK. On December 14th, 2020, a discussion event initiated by the university assembly took place. Representatives from the students, the mid-tier faculty, the lecturers, and the staff spoke at length about the ethical responsibility of ZHdK in the Chinese context. The discussion revolved around the question of how and whether ZHdK can operate in a country where human rights are systematically violated, and freedom of teaching and research is repeatedly denied. VERSO would like to thank in particular Rector Thomas D. Meier and the Head of the Department of Design, Hansuli Matter, for taking on the critical questions from the panel and the audience.

The questions and comments from the chat were collected and will be handed over to the university management in edited form.

VERSO PROJECT FUND
In the workshops, Chez Toni, and in the corridors we have heard whispers about new upcoming projects. We would once again like to draw your attention to the VERSO Project Fund: All ZHdK students can apply to VERSO with their projects for funding. Funding is available for events, activities, projects, publications and productions that benefit a larger part of the ZHdK student body. A minimum of 5000 Swiss francs are available per semester. The criteria for funding eligibility as well as information on the process can be found on our website.

 

BILINGUALISM
Um alle Studierenden der ZHdK zu erreichen, setzt VERSO ab sofort stärker auf die zweisprachige Kommunikation in Deutsch und Englisch. Unsere Website ist nun in Englisch verfügbar, wie auch der grösste Teil unserer Kommunikation per Email. Damit wollen wir auch nicht-deutschsprachige Studierende zur Mitwirkung einladen. VERSO reagiert damit auch auf das neue Sprachenkonzept der ZHdK, in dem sich die Hochschule klar zur Zweisprachigkeit bekennt. VERSO fordert, dass die Hochschule ihre Kommunikation und insbesondere das Intranet, wo noch nicht geschehen, ebenfalls konsequent in beiden Sprachen verfügbar macht.

With VERSO's cooperation, an informative report was issued to evaluate the student FS2020 Digital Setting survey. The report provides important recommendations for action to the departments and university management. VERSO is asking for this report to be taken into account in the planning of FS2021.

Despite improvements in some areas, the situation still remains difficult for students. The financial situation remains particularly difficult for many. In addition, there is a danger of loneliness and isolation, which particularly affects first-semester students. VERSO would like to remind students that they have access to psychological and financial counselling services offered by ZHdK.  

VERSO continues to ask all students to contact verso.info@zhdk.ch directly with any concerns, problems or requests.

PLENARY MEETING & GENERAL ASSEMBLY 
On December 5th, VERSO and VSZHDK held their first plenary meeting and general assembly under the new articles of association and rules of procedure. At the VERSO plenary meeting (Vollversammlung), a new mission statement was adopted. Our new mission statement can be viewed publicly on our website 

At the VSZHDK general assembly (Mitgliederversammlung), the annual accounts, the auditor's report, the budget for the current financial year, and the annual report were presented and approved by those present. An amendment was made to the articles of association regarding the composition of the association's board. Also, the financial regulations and the regulations for the project fund were approved. The Board of VSZHDK was discharged by the general assembly.

SEMESTER ASSEMBLY 16
This semester marked the sixteenth edition of the VERSO Semester Council. The Semester Council takes place twice a semester and consists of six representatives from each department. Fynn Malte Schmitt (DDK) and Soraya Thashima Rutschmann (DFA) were elected to chair the Semester Council for the first time. The chairs are responsible for planning and chairing future meetings. After the Semester Council a workshop was also held to examine VERSO's communication.

CHANGES IN THE STUDENT COUNCIL & NEW CO-PRESIDIUM
Four members have left the VERSO Student Council this semester: Bastian Riesen from DKV, most recently serving as Co-President, as well as Samuel Schmitt (DMU), Helena Klein (DDE) and Jonathan Steiger (DFA). Natasha Sebben was newly elected to the student council for the DDE, Noé Freuler for the DKV and Loris Brasser for the DFA. We would like to thank the departing members for their great work and wish the new members every success in their new tasks!

Bastian's position in the Co-Presidium will be taken over by Soraya Thashima Rutschmann (DFA). Soraya is in her third semester of the Bachelor Fine Arts and will lead VERSO together with the current Co-President David Bircher (DDK) from February 1st.

IMPORTANT DATES

11.03.21, 18:00 Semester Assembly 17

16.05.21, 18:00 Semester Assembly 18