On Tuesday night the prospective candidates for the future Vanbrugh Junior Common Room Committee (JCRC) got their first chance to set out their plans for the college. The atmosphere at the hustings was relaxed, despite the position of college Chair being hotly contested.
The four candidates for Chair, Matt Stephenson, Feargus Hosking-Jervis, Adam Lewis, and Charlie Knox, each offered different visions for the next year at Vanbrugh. Stephenson firmly laid out the issue of better security as his main aim, whilst Knox and Lewis both talked of the need for greater diversity in events and improving welfare. Lewis spoke of his dissatisfaction with the sporting arrangements last year, stating how he had single-handedly created his own basketball team. Hosking-Jervis laid out the most concrete proposals, calling for efforts to develop the “academic spirit” of Vanbrugh with study rooms and other developments, as well as giving more autonomy to Block Reps to set up their own events.
Hosking-Jervis was also attracted the most controversy of the night. Kallum Taylor, outgoing Vanbrugh Chair, asked why he had attended only 25% of meetings last year, to which he responded he had “faith” in his fellow members to carry on without his constant presence. The final question asked; “what would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse?” ended the questions on a lighter note.
Outside the main contest the hustings were relaxed, with many candidates praising the spirit and character of the college. However, issues raised included promoting integration between different sections of the college in social and academic events.
The refurbishment of V-bar received much attention from the candidates. The prospective Bar Representatives team spoke of how the bar should become “our Mayfair” and outstrip the Courtyard as the “most popular bar on campus”. Stephenson discussed how he felt there should be greater cooperation between the Bar Representatives and the bar staff, so as to make it a real “hub” for the college.
Welfare issues also were raised. The question of STYC training was brought up, which many Welfare candidates felt should be improved so as to avoid confusion over the finer points of the role. Also prevalent was the notion that Welfare and health issues should tackle more than just the typical student problems. As Chair candidate Lewis pointed out: “there’s more to health than sexual health.”
Notably several positions, including LGBT representative and Press and Publicity officer, had no candidates standing at all.
Nonetheless, the vigour of student participation in the college was highlighted by the ‘challenges’ that candidates had to perform. The most considerable achievement of the night was from the potential Block Representatives who raised a considerable £121 for charity in 35 minutes.
Positions and Candidates
Fergus Hosking Jervis
Vice Chair for Services:
Vice Chair for Welfare:
Sophie Easterby Smith
Vanessa Jane Villanueva
Disabilities and Access Welfare:
Off Campus Welfare:
Sorcha Lynch Yemi Nathan
Rehan Mahmood, Charlotte Hancock, Florence Laino
Eleanor Smart: Eric B
Daniel Watts: LePage
William Addy: Wentworth E
Matt Newman: Fairfax
George, Jo, Christina, Shirley, Harry and Libby
Fred Issac, Joe Aucock, Fabina Mcor and Alison Dman
Environment and Campaigns: