James College JCRC election hustings commenced last night following a well-attended evening of speeches and challenges.
Following a briefing by current members of the committee on what constituted fair campaigning, the Hustings were underway.
This year, the position of chair will be fought out by 3 candidates: Cameron Lane-Ley, Gibson Oluwafemi Michael, and Laura Watson. Each candidate delivered a strong speech, developing certain themes. Lane-Ley talked of ‘rekindling the college spirit’, whilst Watson wanted to encourage ‘communication and organisation’. Finally Micheal desired a ‘Chicken Friday’, a proposal to encourage the consumption of chicken on Fridays, which was predictably met with laughter and applause.
Those running for Chair were faced with the most gruesome challenge of the night: downing a ‘Dirty Pint’. This was a concoction of Murphy’s, Sambuca, Lemon Juice, VK Blue and Cherry Brandy. Michael emerged as the victor to tumultuous applause.
Other candidates for JCRC positions gave a 2 minute speech stating why they should be nominated. This was followed by a variety of humorous challenges. These came in the form of a dance by the prospective Annual Event’s Reps, an explanation of where babies come from by the prospective Welfare Reps, and several alcohol-related tasks.
The atmosphere remained strong throughout the night, with a sense of collegiate solidarity present. The rapturous applause for every candidate who delivered a speech demonstrated strong support across the college for all the candidates, suggesting a highly competitive election.
Voting opens on Wednesday Week 8 and closes on Monday Week 9. Results are set to be announced at the James College Christmas Formal on Monday Week 10.
Positions and Candidates:
Gibson Oluwafemi Michael (aka Candy)
Services Vice Chair
Welfare Vice Chair
Nina Rawlings, Dexter Clarke, Rohit Rana, Daniella Irving
Anna Johnstone, Ali Ford, Amelia Haynes, Oskar Lepage
Briony Cartmell, Callum Morgan, Sam Killbery
Natalie Turner, Becky Berrington, Samantha Walters
Tom Keating, Will Adam, Nick Daruwalla, Amy Humphreys
Carl McCallin, Mark Ross-Smith
Alexis De Boeck, Ankita Gangotra
Clemmie McCallum, Katie Massey, Charlotte Newcombe, Kirushanthan Sivagnanam
Katharina Otto, Sarah Tasker, Steph Lawton
Press and publicity
Hannah Allies, Isabel Gruber
Cesca Cooke, Poppy Bullard
Dan Ashcroft, Lauren Woodcock
Laurie Torrington, Dariush Thomas Kamali
Jade Naylor, James Hope, Jess Nelson, Rory Mercer
Student Development Vice Chair
Karina Sykora, James Bridge, Josie Ansell, Valerie Yee