What a difference an election term can make.
A year ago, Tim Ngwena was running around organising cast lists and fundraisers for Fusion, Rhianna Kinchin was busy ‘training’, and Lewis Bretts’ dream of a fruit and veg stall were simply dreams. Alas, in the latter’s case, they still seem to be. Two years ago, Tom Scott was just a nerd with a pirate fetish, who enjoyed experimenting with damaging musical instruments and cared little for University Senate. Perhaps next year’s Glorious Leader is currently doing something similarly hilarious.
Welcome to the new, elections-focused, Off The Record blog. Unshackled from my Editorial chains and yet still refusing to quietly skulk back to my desk and the ever-growing mountain of books that await me, my aim is to chart all the rumours, counter-rumours, scandals and surprises from the 2010 YUSU Election cycle, and hopefully equip voters with all they need to go to the polls in Week 9.
This is all too early, you may scoff. Quite – I’d certainly agree with you. But I can’t control Presidential hopefuls who are already buttonholing potential rivals for ‘chats’ in The Courtyard, or warn would-be AU Presidents that broadcasting their electability so soon might bore the electorate to death come March.
For some, this year’s vote has been 3 years in the pipeline. YUSU careerists, those earth-shakingly-boring few, want to nail their colours to the mast as soon as possible, having dreamt of the trappings of office since their first trip to the buliding they hope to call ‘home’. Out to derail their lofty ambitions, the have-a-go-heroes with nothing to lose and a student loan to pay off fight policy with glossy posters and gimmicks.
Some fail valiantly, some fail abysmally, and some defy conventional wisdom. Note to candidates – claiming that you’re rich enough not to need a salary is an awful idea.
For the next 6 weeks or so, this will be the place to track the rise and rise of your next YUSU squad, and commend the also-rans.
Got a rumour, or want to plug yourself? Fire me an email at [email protected] and it might just make it in.
Some might seem far-fetched, but let’s face it; if students at a Top 10 University can elect a pirate as a President, surely anything can happen. Stay tuned.
YUSU Elections – Provisional timetable
Information Meeting for Potential Candidates – 1800 18th February (Wk 6)
Nominations Open – 1200 Monday 15th February (Wk 6)
Nominations Close – 1200 Friday 26th February (Wk 7)
Compulsory Candidates Briefing (Loc. TBC) – 1800 Monday 1st March (Wk 8 )
Campaigning Begins – 1200 Tuesday 2nd March (Wk 8 )
Voting Opens – 0001 Monday 8th March (Wk 9)
Voting Closes – 2359 Friday 12th March (Wk 9)
Exit Polls Released – 1800 Saturday 13th March
Results Announced from 2000 Saturday 13th March