JJ’s played host to vibrant political debate on Friday night as five candidates fought furiously over who would be the next President of the Committee, with one of the highest turnouts for the position in the HCSA’s history.
Controversy reigned though, after first year candidate Byron Karemba proposed a radical overhaul of the HCSA system if elected President. He accused YUSU of being the “problem” and that students should be taking more charge of events, citing disappointment over the Big Bang as an example.
By wanting to rewrite the HCSA constitution, he argued that the committee would be more visible to students, which he as a first year had apparently seen very little of. He stated that being “new and fresh” and having no previous attachments to the committee would help him bring the change needed.
There were other more experienced candidates, first in the form of Daveds Mootanah, whose club connections promised a party at Salvation should he win the position. His policies are mainly events focused, because, “that’s what freshers want – there’s a high demand for lots of events.”
Second-year, Ozge Bektasoglu, stressed the importance of improving what is already available in Halifax and wanted to improve communication with ideas like, “knock for your neighbours” and a freshers’ year book.
When asked what made her stand out, she stated her experience on the committee last year and her policies that, “cover all aspects of the college.”
Pav Dhande is another experienced candidate who wanted to, “put involvement at the heart of Halifax.” This involved not only better planning of events but redoing the Halifax website and newsletter and having events to rival Big D. He also promoted welfare policies, including free condoms for Halifax students and meetings with the YUSU officer in JJ’s once a term.
Finally another fresher, Arthur Barrow, also stepped into the foray by standing as someone “living and breathing” the issues felt by those in Halifax as a student living on campus. He also promoted the idea of a “truly united college” with cheaper and more frequent events.
Questions, both amusing and pertinent, raised many key issues, such as the distance between graduates and undergraduates, the non-alcoholic events proposed by many candidates, as well as the ever pressing problems over funding for sports and events. Last year’s President Lydia Blundell described the proceedings as “heated” but that it, “was so good to see people involved with college politics.”
Voting opens on Monday 6th.
Positions and Candidates:
President: Pav Dhande, Arthur Barrow, Daveds Mootanah, Byron Karemba, Ozge Bektasoglu
Vice-President for Services: Mark Young
Vice-President for Welfare: Ayaz Hussain, Hannah Amartey
Vice-President for Activities: Matt Wehrle
Treasurer: James Marsh, Natasha Behan
Entertainment Officer: Tallyia Charalambous, Frances Jennings and Greg Butler, Chris Edwards and Grace Picking, Anthony Quinn
Male Welfare Officer: Kyle Eyre, Neil Dodd
Female Welfare Officer: Emma Burns, Katie Cox, Jocelyn Cox
RAG Officer: Clare Friel, Max Khan and James Hill, Hannah Taylor
Male Sports Officer: Andrew Wallace, Gio Pilides and Tomasz Dobrzycki, Jacob Deppe
Female Sports Officer: Francesca Hall
Merchandise Officer: Izzy Carpenter and Nick Armstrong
Equipment Officer: Michael Sodde
Live Music Officer: Michael Holmes
Environment Officer: Sabrina Peters and Ross Irvine, Fergus Tevlin and James Sandwell
Sponsorship Officer: Barnaby Spink
Younger and Ingram Court Entertainment Officer: George Offer
Lindley, Wood and Irwin Court Entertainment Officer: Lizzie Williams
Undergraduate Ordinary Officer: Sergei Petunov, Jon-Paul Ward, Rebecca Irwin