On Wednesday night Goodricke College held its JCRC Hustings event in Langwith’s Courtyard bar. Candidates for each office were given ninety seconds to make their speeches before being asked questions from the audience and set a challenge by current Goodricke Chair Nacho Hernando.
Two candidates are running for the position of Chair, Elena Miller and George Davis. Goodricke’s current Welfare Representative, Elena Miller, emphasised her experience over the last year. She also advocated formalising the relationship between the college Provost and the welfare team and said she would take college issues to the University or YUSU if it were necessary but stated her belief that most issues could be resolved in-house. Conversely former Ordinary Member George Davis pledged to maintain a good relationship with the University “big-wigs” but stand up to them when necessary. He also pledged to bring back the position of Ordinary Members to the JCRC, which have disappeared this year. George Davis also promised to campaign at Heslington Hall to fix the “unacceptable” cleaning of bathrooms and kitchens at Goodricke. The dire state of the cleaning of kitchens and bathrooms at Goodricke College was a common theme throughout the night and was brought up be many candidates running for various different offices.
The other key issue brought up by several candidates was the creation of a stronger community at Goodricke College and Heslington East with more events such as film nights with free pizza on the new campus and as a way of ending the perceived divide by drinking and non-drinking events and create “welfare events for everyone”. The aim is to strengthen the sense of community at Heslington East, especially as Langwith College is to be based there from next year, and prevent members of colleges based on Heslington East to have to travel to Heslington West for their social lives.
Positions and Candidates:
Vice Chair for Democracy and Welfare
Vice Chair for Services
Baker Court Representative
Alex McDonald and Josh Douglas
Sara Potisk and Georgia Street
Hannah Kennedy and Emily Hopkins
Female Welfare Officer
Male Welfare Officer
Joseph Sako and Lauren Hunter
Adam Rolewicz and Devi Bridglal
Aileen Steel and Lydia Harrison
Sheldon Court Representative
Tom Merriman and Ben Crawley
Russell Joyce and Liam McDaid