And so, here we go again. The blog that YUSU and BNOCs alike love to hate has returned in full swing. Under a shiny new guise and with a far more elusive author, The Race will follow the ins and outs of the build up to the inaugural YUSU elections, speculating and solidifying candidate rumours, and tracing the election steps of our future leaders to the bitter end.
How it will all end, TR can only speculate. Should it pass UGM, the surprise scrapping of Democracy and Services position will be something of a bitter pill for those who stuck around another year to re-run for the position (no names mentioned…) and is likely make the competition for Student Activities and Academic officer tighter than ever before. The Sabbs have also chosen to abandon the standard jovial theme of the elections (apparently the presence of Big Bird last year was the cause of much confusion to the student body), choosing instead the overall premise: “What will you stand for?”. Originality has never been their strong suit.
And as for President? With the usual college chairs and society bigwigs already making their move, TR can only hope that a token wildcard candidate emerges from the woodwork to throw the cat among the pigeons.
So let the rule breaking and shamefaced electioneering commence. TR promises to keep the gossiping to a minimum, but to all those hopeful candidates sitting in their badly-heated kitchens, mocking up a manifesto and some brightly coloured posters, we have one plea- keep it interesting. Backbiting and underhand tactics aside, some policies beyond increased water coolers and better hand-washing facilities will make all the difference, and keep the student population engaged longer than the two minutes it takes to join a Facebook group.
If you think you know something TR does not, drop me an email at [email protected].
Nominations open: Monday 24th January 12pm
Campaigning Briefing: Friday 11th February
Hustings: Thursday 17th February
Campaigning opens: Friday 18th February
Voting Opens: Friday 25th February
Voting closes: Thursday 3rd March
Results announced: Thursday 3rd March 8:00pm
Let the race begin.
The opinions expressed above are not representative of either those of Nouse, or of YUSU. They are the speculations and personal views of the author, who will remain anonymous.