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.