Constitution of the Yelling for History Club at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
We are dedicated to hosting fun roleplaying games where players immerse themselves in the personalities of key characters during pivotal events of world history, for the purposes of entertainment and education. We believe that immersion in these historical scenarios provides context and an enhanced understanding of the time period, as well as allowing students to view the relevant issues from the perspective of those who were involved in the controversies and debates. In addition to historical immersion, these games allow players to sharpen their public speaking skills, as well as utilize their analytical and research abilities.
The official name of this Club is “The Yelling for History Club”.
This Club shall comply with all University of Minnesota Twin Cities policies and procedures, as well as local, state, and federal laws and regulation. Membership and participation shall be open to all those eligible without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination.
This Club shall function as a nonprofit organization in all financial matters.
Membership is open to everyone.
No less than two thirds of the membership body can be current University of Minnesota Twin Cities students.
This Club will be run by a single Committee of five Officers.
All Officers must be current University of Minnesota Twin Cities students enrolled for at least six credits per semester.
Upon agreement within the Committee of Officers and the membership body, new Officer positions can be created to accommodate demands.
The Committee of Officers is responsible for managing this Club. By a majority vote, they may create and amend any bylaws in order to fulfill this purpose, as long as those bylaws are in accordance with this Constitution. The quorum of Officers for any vote is three fifths.
This Constitution may be amended by a four fifths vote by the Officers.
The Senior President and Junior President may, in agreement, amend this Constitution on a provisional basis for a period of no longer then ten days. Such an Amendment must be ratified as described in Section 5 to have permanent effect, and cannot relate to the impeachment of Officers, the ratification of Amendments, or the handling of money.
The Officers are responsible for managing, administering, and executing their duties and the rules of this Club according to their Office.
The Senior President is responsible for general management of this Club. He has authority to sign checks, access bank accounts, and approve expenses. He must act as second signatory on all financial transactions done by the Treasurer.
The Junior President is responsible for co-managing this Club with the Senior President. He will occupy an empty Office until that Office has been filled either by appointment or election. He does not have authority to sign checks or access accounts, unless filling the role of the Senior President or Treasurer.
The Senior President and Junior President are equal within the hierarchy of Officers. All non-trivial decisions made by either must be confirmed by the other.
The Treasurer has authority in all financial matters. He must maintain thorough and complete records. He must act as a second signatory on all financial transactions done by the Senior President.
The Publicist is responsible for promoting this Club to the wider community and acting as liaison between the Officers and third parties. He does not have authority to sign checks or access accounts.
The Administrator is responsible for recording the contents and duration of meetings, setting up game venues, and other administrative tasks. He does not have authority to sign checks or access accounts.
The Senior President has the power to veto any measure; however, the other Officers may overrule this veto with three fifths majority vote.
An impeachment process shall commence upon a three fifths majority agreement among the body of Officers to remove an Officer from their Office. An Officer may resign his post by submitting written notice to the Committee. In either case, a replacement shall be appointed by a three fifths majority vote of the body of Officers and approved by the Senior President and Junior President.
All Officers who have retired from their Office due to graduation are granted the title of Officer Emeritus. Officers Emeriti are entitled, at the discretion of the Senior President and Junior President, to have full access to and input on all communications and documents shared among the Officers.
Any issues that players may experience or would like to bring to the attention of the Committee can be brought to any Officer, who is required to alert all of the other Officers of the issue, or the Senior President and that Officer may hold a discussion about the best course of action.
New Officers will be selected by the current Committee of Officers as close as reasonable to the end of the spring semester each academic year.
The Game Master is a non-Officer role that will be appointed by the Officers before the start of each game. The Game Master is responsible for directly administering that particular game and making gameplay as smooth as possible.
Roles will be assigned by the Senior President and Junior President, and the Game Master of the game in question. The methods of assigning roles will be up to the Senior President and Junior President.
Leading roles will be determined by the Officers. Leading roles will be roles that are characters with more opportunity to speak, characters with more in-game power, characters that are considered leaders of factions/parties of the game, characters that are central to the topic of the game, or have other factors that will be taken into consideration by the Officers to determine if it constitutes a lead role.
Each player will only be allowed to play a leading role once per semester. More than half of the Officers cannot be in leading roles at the same time. Preference for leading roles will be given to those who have more experience in this Club, heavily participate, and show the most interest.
Whether or not the role is a good fit will not be overlooked on experience and interest alone, as assigning a fitting role to players is the first priority of the Officers along with following the role assignment rules in Sections 1 and 2.
If a player has an issue with the role they are assigned, they are encouraged to bring any concerns to the Senior President. Any accommodation will be left to the discretion of the Senior President. Any request for reasonable accommodation will be taken into consideration and discussed amongst the team of Officers. Requests for a new role will be considered, however, the Officers are not required to switch the assigned roles. A request to play a character with more power will be considered for the next game session, and the player will be encouraged to do more research on the game, as knowledge of the characters and issues gives players a strong advantage and leverage over other players.
Participation is required, giving speeches is not. Participation is considered any kind of engagement with the game, and other players. That can be in the game session, or outside of the game session. However, speaking is highly encouraged, and a player will not be considered for a leading role if they are unwilling to give speeches.
A game discussion forum will be created which is accessible to all current Members. The games that generate interests will be taken to a vote, and the winner will be played. However the Officers reserve the right to make the final decision.
Upon dissolution of this Club, all funds shall be donated to the History department at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The Treasurer is responsible for all aforementioned disbursements, as well as closing all bank accounts and notifying any relevant government agencies.