Constitution for the Rice Light Opera Society
The purpose of the Rice Light Opera Society is:
a) to spread appreciation for light opera in the
b) to organize light-opera-based events on campus
to provide opportunities to participate in light opera on campus,
d) to produce, independently or in conjunction
with one or more of the several colleges, a minimum of one light
A. Full membership in the Rice Light Opera Society is open to:
1) any Rice student, faculty, or staff member
with an interest in light opera,
2) any Rice student, faculty, or staff member
with no interest in light opera who is willing to sit around and
to/perform said works
B. Non-voting membership in the Rice Light Opera Society is open
to all persons who:
1) want to be non-voting members of the Rice Light
2) involve themselves with the Rice Light Opera
C. At no point may the number of Rice Light Opera Society members
who are not members of the Rice community outnumber those who are.
D. Membership may be revoked upon unanimous approval of the officers,
or by 2/3 approval of all voting members.
E. No dues aside from voluntary contributions will be required
of the club members.
III. Executive Committee
A. Only current Rice students who are full members of the Rice
Light Opera Society shall be eligible Executive Committee candidates.
Members of the Executive Committee shall be selected by a quorum
of voting members of the Rice Light Opera Society based on the
i) Elections shall be held every spring for the
following year, preferably after the conclusion of the annual production.
elections may be held to fill vacancies as needed.
ii) A majority
of voting members voting shall be required to elect a candidate.
In the event that a majority is not established, a
run-off election shall be held between the candidates receiving
the two highest vote totals.
B. The offices and duties of the Rice Light Opera Society shall
i) President. The Rice Light Opera Society President shall be
responsible for calling and moderating meetings of the Rice Light
Opera Society. The President shall also represent the Rice Light
Opera Society to the Student Association as needed. The President
or a delegate thereof will also be responsible for the maintenance
of the RLOS email account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ii) Vice-President. The Vice-President shall preside over meetings
in the President’s absence.
iii) Tally Ho. The Tally Ho shall be responsible for the accounting
of the Rice Light Opera Society. In the event of a joint production
of the Rice Light Opera Society and one of the residential colleges,
the Tally Ho is responsible for coordinating financial matters
with the appropriate representatives of the college.
iv) Minutes Bitch. The Minutes Bitch shall record and distribute
the events and conclusions of all meetings of the Rice Light Opera
Society. If the Minutes Bitch is unable to attend a meeting, he
or she is responsible for finding someone to take notes for him
or her. No person shall be Minutes Bitch who does not have a sense
of humor. The Minutes Bitch or a delegate thereof will also be
responsible for the maintenance of the RLOS website (www.hailpoetry.com)
and the RLOS listserv (RLOS-NEWS@rice.edu).
C. In addition to these responsibilities, the Executive Committee
as a whole is responsible for the following:
i) recruitment of new members
iii) setting of times and locations for meetings
iv) selecting a production staff for the annual
v) allocation of funds, including the authority
to spend club money
These responsibilities can be handled by the group, divided among
the Executive Committee, or delegated to other members of the Rice
Light Opera Society.
D. Any Executive Committee member shall cease to be a member of
the executive committee if he or she:
i) becomes an ineligible Executive Committee candidate,
as specified in III-A,
ii) becomes an ineligible full member of the
Rice Light Opera Society, as specified in II-A, or
iii) is requested to resign by
a. the three other Executive Committee members,
b. 75% of the voting members of the Rice Light
Opera Society, or
c. 50% of the voting members of the Rice Light
Opera Society, including at least one Executive Committee member.
IV. Faculty Sponsor
The Rice Light Opera Society Faculty Sponsor shall be elected
by a majority of voting members. The Faculty Sponsor must be:
A. A member of the Rice faculty, and
B. A person who is willing to be the Rice Light Opera Society
A. The Rice Light Opera Society shall, either independently or
in collaboration with one or more of the residential colleges,
produce a minimum of one light opera per academic year. The shows
will be chosen by the membership, which must include at least the
director and music director found by the Executive Committee.
This Constitution may be changed by
A. a 68.8% vote of the voting members of the Rice Light Opera
B. the whim of the Rice Light Opera Society President, given that
i) any proposed change is submitted for review
by the membership for a minimum of one week during the academic
school year prior
to its enactment, and
ii) there is no majority of the voting membership
in opposition to the proposed amendment.