Well, in a surprising turn of events, it looks like this year the words of 90s musical legend Aaliyah are to become the unofficial motto of this year’s YUSU nominees. With Ben McGladdery already subscribing to the “if at first you don’t succeed/ pick yourself up and try again” school of thought, TR is now privy to the information that Peter Warner Medley, two years after his unsuccessful bid for Welfare Officer, is now gunning for the President throne. Never has such dedication to YUSU been shown since Chris Etheridge ran in 4 successive elections- and we all know how that ended…
English Course rep and Faculty rep Zahra Latif is also thought to be considering putting her name in for the Presidential Race. Whilst her areas of expertise may lie more in the realm of Academic Officer, she has proved popular and efficient, and was voted Course Rep of the year at York’s answer to the Oscars, the YUSU awards, so could bring a little outside perspective to this year’s race. Her candidacy would also beef up the female numbers for what has been a noticeably male-dominated position over the last 4 years; as TR recently noted, there hasn’t been female President since the outspoken Ann Marie-Canning in 2007/8. Will Latif or Wayland show the men how it’s done?
And is there any foundation to the whispers of Tim Ellis considering re-running? TR has only heard speculation, though as history tells us the allure of office has proved difficult to resist. Certainly if he chose to run it would be a blow to the other ambitious nominees, for, as Humphreys, Asfahani and Ngwena have all proved it is something of a golden ticket. But has Ellis done enough to win over the student electorate for a send year running? From TR’s perspective, verdict is out on all counts.
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