The current CGCU President supplied the following press statement to Live! when asked:
"Its a dissapointment, but we understand he has his priorities and this highlights the further need for CGCU to have a full time sabbatical officer, the level of work and commitment is increasing all the time and for us to compete with the Medics and to offer our students the best services and facilities we can. We will re-open nominations in June with ICU elections for this and other positions."
ACC Chair should be a full time position. The position goes to more college and external meetings than any other CSC/FU chair. But people don't seem to like the idea of a sports sab, even if we secure funding ourselves!!!
You will find a member of staff is much more suited to the role of dealing with sports, than a sabb anyway. Sabbs are useful when concerned with dealing with education, welfare and policy issues (such as FU's etc..) Staff are better for dealing with day to day admin like who is playing what match where. There is no NEED for a Sports Sabb, and if there was then the ACC should pay for it, like Guilds payes towards its summer sabb.
If the role of CGCU President is fundamentally about representation then there is no need for it to be a Sabb position as representation is merely attending meetings and gaining the opinions of the students. (Time consuming but not excessively so). I think it the other activities, organising events, etc. are the reasons Jonathon has stepped down. As Dan said, these tasks could be given to a member of staff who would have the time to do them properly.
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