Voting in the 2008 Sabbatical Elections is now open, with a revised green design for the voting website adding to the excitement. The election has been farce-free by Imperial's standards, with the usual election-related incompence apparently migrating to King's, where their election computer crashed yesterday, losing all votes cast so far.
Before making your decision you can view a variety of information about the candidates, both from Live! and the rest of Imperial's student media. Here on Live! you can find:
- Manifestos for sabbatical candidates and trustees/nus delegates
- A brief (auto-)biography of the sabbatical candidates
- A round up of the JCR hustings on Monday
Interviews with the candidates for Felix Editor and Deputy President (Clubs & Societies), courtesy of ICRADIO, can be found at the bottom of this article.
Apparently nominations for Faculty Union and other Union positions (such as Council Chair) are now open too....
Voting is open until Tuesday at 23:50 at www.imperialcollegeunion.org/vote/.
This evening also saw a hustings bar night in da Vinci's, with plenty of free beer for those supporting, questioning and heckling the candidates. Despite the presence of free alcohol the evening remained relatively civilised, although the ACC - and Guilds tie club Links - turned up in force, biasing proceedings somewhat.
Many of the answers candidates gave could be found in their manifestos and the previous hustings, so only the more important or amusing questions are presented here.
When asked what scared them the most about the job, 4/6 candidates (including RON) stated they would be scared of nothing, although for different reasons. Luke Taylor said he was more excited to mould the role to his own view and those of students next year. Jon Matthews stated that he had the experience and had done the hours before, so was well equipped for the job. Ed Hughes concurred that he did not find the job frightening, and neither did RON, who will apparently spend much of his time in porn movies if the evening's answers are to be believed. Of the two who identified something which scared them, Diogo Geraldes was concerned that "bureaucratic crap" would prevent him from implementing changes, while Jen Morgan quite rightly said she was scared of Live!. Should she be elected, she would have nothing to fear until December - the point where the power normally makes ICU Presidents go crazy.
Given recent 'censorship', the candidates were asked how important the SSP was. All agreed that it was important, with Luke Taylor stating that Felix needed to know the limits of what it could publish and what it could not. Jen Morgan thought it had been used wrongly in the past, with Jon Matthews believing that correct interpretations ofit - which don't impinge too much on freedom of the press - were important. Ed Hughes thought it was necessary, but that the student media should feel free to push it as far as they could. Diogo Geraldes agreed that it was there for a reason.
Deputy President (Clubs & Societies)
The DPCS candidates appeared to have differing opinions on Faculty Union clubs and the most pressing concerns currently involving clubs & societies. Jess Marley believed that Faculty Union sports teams should become part of the central ICU clubs and that the finance systems were the most pressing concerns for clubs at the moment. Lily Topham and John James thought they Faculty Union sports teams should remain independent to promote healthy rivalry and expanded competition, with both believing that the Union redevelopment would cause space (as in storage) to be the key issue for clubs.
Deputy President (Education & Welfare)
The candidates for DPEW had different outlooks on hall rents and which of education or welfare was most important. Ryan Dee said he would look to get College to stick to a capped percentage for hall rent increases, while Hannah Theodorou thought a tiered pricing structure was the best way to implement things, with those whose parents would pay £140 a week taking the more expensive rooms, while those who wished to pay less could take cheaper rooms such as those in Fisher. Ryan Dee selected education as the most important part of the role, while Hannah Theodorou re-iterated her commitment to the welfare side and her experience with running environmental and ethical campaigns on campus.
You can also listen to the interviews with sabbatical candidates from today's ICRADIO elections specials (apologies to John James, who's interview is missing a few seconds in the middle). More interviews will be taking place tomorrow.
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