SU President Micky Armstrong

SU President Micky Armstrong asks you to get actively involved in the running of your Students’ Union

Well it is that time of year again; the YUSU elections are closing on the horizon. Who wins YOU decide. Whether or not you think what we do concerns you or not, the power of the vote is the strongest power you have in a democratic body such as our Union.

I remember twelve months ago when I had finally decided to stand for President. Many told me not to bother, that I was too inexperienced or that my opposition was much more popular. What was it that changed my mind? A friend once said, “You will feel better to run and lose than if you don’t run and always thought you should.” It’s true, and this is the one piece of advice I can give to anybody, don’t be scared to stand up for something you believe in.

The next few weeks you’ll be inundated with information and posters; flyers and manifestos why shouldn’t they be your flyers and your manifestos? Everybody must know the Margaret Mead quote by now; “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” But what does that mean? It means that if you want to change something go ahead and change it, don’t be afraid of what everybody else thinks or what you think everybody else thinks. Just do it.

What I have seen in the last few weeks is that people do care enough to act. Our Union General Meeting had the best turn out in living history. Our RAG procession was larger, more successful and more enjoyable than in recent years (I would know, I organised the last two!). So when people say that there is no point in getting involved in the Union they are wrong.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the reception of the student centre. We will give you all the advice you need and help explain about all the steps that you will have to take over the next few weeks.

If you know that you would like to be an officer on the Union but do not know which one, come and have a chat, I am more than happy to explain all the roles of the Union and how you can influence them.

So to finish on a well-repeated phrase of mine (to irritate Mr Parker): get involved. Take part in the elections, be it standing, helping a friend, asking questions at hustings or simply logging on and voting; it’s, easy it’s fun. Get involved.

7 comments

  1. 22 Feb ’06 at 7:04 pm

    John Tillmarch

    In a recent ask YUSU question Micky outlined his achievements.

    I have a few question I tried to ask through ask yusu but it would not let me. thought I might put them here for discussion.

    “A reformed constitution?”
    Did this not fail to pass?

    “A five year strategic plan?”
    Didn’t you write this in conjunction with fellow officers? – You didn’t achieve this by yourself.

    “Introduction of Union Code?”
    Didn’t this have to be done by exec anyway under last years constitution?

    “101 Union Scoieties?”
    Is this not an achievement of the societies officer?

    “A rebranded Your:Print?”
    Surely this is the Services Officer’s job? Did he not do this?

    “Ensured stduent representation on University Committees?”
    Doesn’t every President do this?

    “Online AU membership?”
    Surely this was up to the AU to organise?

    “Student paper and radio of the year?”
    This may be so but did they not win for 2004-5 rather than 2005-6? In whcih case you surely cannot take credit for this. Besides it was the societies that won the awards.

    “New funding process for societies and JCRCs?”
    Was this not outlined in last years constitution.

    “Largest turn out in years for UGM?”
    Well done.

    “DVD rental in Your:Shop?”
    Again, surely this is the Services Officers job.

    “A media affiliate?”
    Again, was this not outlined last year?

    “Online voting at UGMs?”
    Didn’t Chris Jones get this passed?

    “A trans inclusive Union?”
    Was this not a constitutional reform last year?

    “All paper is recycled?”
    Well Done.

    “Online ticket sales?”
    Again, is this not the job of the societies officer?

    “A refurbished office space?”
    Again, is this not the job of the societies officer?

    “A breakeven Union budget?”
    Is this not the job of the Treasurer?

    “Electronic sign on building?”
    Again, is this not the job of the societies officer?

    “Wentworth back in College sport?”
    Is this not the job of the AU?

    “More events every week?”
    Is this not the job of the ents and services officer?

    “Disability sport in College sport?”
    Is this not thanks to the AU?

    “Standard pricing on vehicle hire?”
    Again, is this not the job of the services officer?

    “The biggest Freshers week ever produced?”
    Again, is this not the job of the services officer?

    “Computers and offices for societies and magazine?”
    Was this not arranged last year?

    “Part time design staff?”
    Again, is this not the job of the services officer?

    “A reformed event booking process?”
    Again, is this not the job of the enst and services officer?

    “Dry hire of events equipment for societies?”
    Again, is this not the job of the services officer?

    “A branding strategy?”
    Again, is this not the job of the services officer?

    “Tactile maps of campus?”
    Well done.

    “Introduction of online forms?”
    Again, is this not the job of the communications officer?

    “All societies funding distributed by xmas?”
    Again, is this not the job of the treasurer officer?

    “Engagement with carbon management programme?”
    Don’t know what this is.

    “Effective welfare campaigns?”
    Is this not the job of the education and welfare officer?

    “Why don’t you pick one of the above?”
    I would love to but apart from tactile maps, paper recycling and a UGM turnout (probably due to electronic voting) what have YOU achieved?

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  2. 23 Feb ’06 at 1:06 pm

    John Tillmarch

    Update:
    The Services Officer has said:

    “Standard pricing on vehicle hire?”
    This was carried out by:
    AU President
    Services Officer
    Finance Officer
    Senior Secretary
    AU Transport and Fixtures Coordinator

    “The biggest Freshers week ever produced?”
    This was carried out by:
    Everybody who has even a remote connection with the Union.

    “Computers and offices for societies and magazine?”
    This was carried out by:
    Nat as Communications Officer.
    Robbie and Robin as Societies Officers.
    Union Manager.
    James as Union President.
    Ozzy as Union Treasurer.

    “Part time design staff?”
    This was carried out by:
    Services Officer.
    Marketing Coordinator.
    Union Manager.

    “A reformed event booking process?”
    This was carried out by:
    Services Officer
    Ents Coordinator
    Information Centre Staff
    Campus Services Manager
    Bars and Licensing Manager

    “Dry hire of events equipment for societies?”
    This was carried out by:
    Services Officer
    Ents Coordinator
    Technical Managers
    Union Manager

    “A branding strategy?”
    This was carried out by:
    Marketing Coordinator
    Services Officer

    “Electronic sign on building?”
    This was carried out by:
    Services Officer
    Marketing Department
    General Office
    Campus Services

    “Online ticket sales?”
    This was carried out by:
    Services Officer
    Electronic Communications Coordinator
    Marketing Coordinator
    Finance Officer (& whole department)
    Union Manager

    “A refurbished office space?”
    This was carried out by:
    Union Manager

    “A rebranded Your:Print?”
    This was carried out by:
    Services Officer
    Print Room Operator
    Senior Secretary
    Union Manager
    Marketing Coordinator
    Design staff

    “DVD rental in Your:Shop?”
    This was carried out by:
    Services Officer
    Union Manager
    Retail Manager

    Questions:
    1) Do you think it is fair for Micky take credit for team efforts?
    2) Do you think it is fair to Micky to list the above as achievements when the Services Officer does not list you as carrying out these tasks?
    3) What are MICKY’s achievements?

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  3. John, why are you so bothered? Does it really matter who does the job, if it still gets done?

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  4. Lauren,

    I think what Barry means is why should someone take credit for someone else’s work?

    Barry

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  5. Did you mean to say ‘what John means’…?

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  6. Ha, Barry is so blatantly John Tillmarsh. Nice try :)

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  7. 31 Mar ’06 at 1:10 pm

    Carlton Spence

    I wish I was John Tillmarsh, his life must be awfully fun.

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