Updated 18 Feb 2007: Ben Schneider withdrew from the Presidential race.
Updated 16 Feb 2007: Ben Harris withdrew from the Presidential race. Everyone still standing has submitted something.
Those of us who have been through many elections remember the feeling: you know one of the candidates from somewhere, but you can't for the life of you remember where. To avoid that feeling, we have asked every candidate to give us a brief bio containing their course and year, along with any key Union positions they have held. If you have seen them around hopefully it will jog your memory.
Forgive the candidates if they sound a bit daft, we put them up to it. The manifesto of every candidate will be published later, these short introductions are specifically not intended as a campaigning tool.
Given the blurb below, the election looks to be one of experience vs youthful "fresh blood".
Current Felix Editor Andy Sykes is running the RON campaign this year. RON stands for all positions.
"I am a final year maths student. Some of you may have read my somewhat outspoken ramblings in Felix over the past two years in my position as both Sports and Comment Editor. As RAG Chair, I've been responsible for coordinating the Union's charitable efforts and have now raised enough money to ensure that the Union President carries out his RAG week dare of appearing on X-factor auditions, poor Mr Collins."
Hello! I am THE Diogo (dee-oh-goh), a 3rd year Biomedical Engineer (cof..cof..), and if you dont recognise me it's because you have obviously not spent enough time in the Union.
I am applying for President apparently with no Union experience, but I disagree: I waste plenty of nights a month (or get wasted) in Da Vinci's and the Union Bar! I can run a mile in approximately 1h32m and I love not exercising (sorry but had to cover the sports theme so that I could easily approach the health fanatics).
Running for President wasn't in my plans, but I think that I kinda got involved one night at 6am after some proper clubbing when I made plans to reinvent the whole Union concept, plans that I no longer can remember. Maybe I will,in a near future.
"I am Julian Giannuzzi from Brentwood in Essex, a first year biologist standing for president. "
"I am now in my eighth year at Imperial having spent four years in Biology as an undergrad, three years on a PhD in Biochemistry and then this year as Deputy President (Finance and Services). Apart from being DPFS this year, I spent four years on the Accommodation Committee as a rep for various different halls (of my eight years at Imperial, six of them have been in halls) and was on Council for a spell. Outside of the Union but still working for students, I have been a sub-warden for two years and heavily involved in halls life every year I have been in halls. In all eight years at Imperial so far, I have always been heavily involved and played as active and full a rôle within the Union as possible."
Withdrawn "I am currently a second year Physics student, and am regularly to be found in the dreary depths of the Physics building. I have experience of running and organizing events in student halls due to serving on Willis Jackson Hall committee.
My motivation in representing large groups of students have led back to my days at school, where I spoke for up to a thousand students on a variety of issues such as the school budget, teacher- pupil relations and student welfare. Over the years many people have come to events I have organized and enjoyed themselves, often with a pint of beer close at hand."
"I?m a second year Geology and Geophysics MSci student. I have the advantage of being a fresh face to union politics; I?m not your average candidate!
Sailing, swimming and running are my passions. I?m a member of the Yacht club, if I could compare the union to a yacht then I would be the best candidate to steer it into new waters. I?ve taken part in the Hyde Park relays for the last two years and I?m keen to promote Imperial?s reputation nationally. To describe myself I would compare myself to a Cosmopolitan cocktail; delicious to drink but with a hidden kick. Stay cool Imperial."
Deputy President (Finance & Services) (4)
"I am a final year Applied Business Management student studying at Imperial's Wye Campus. Volunteers who were involved with the ICU council from 2005/2006 will remember me as the WCUS Student Union President of 05/06, an individual who was not afraid to stand up and disagree with decisions made by the Executive Committee 05/06 regarding large events at the Wye Campus via his seat on Council.
Other positions I have held in the Union are Treasurer of Wye Football 05/06 and Snooker President 06/07. I would also like to add, I was responsible for getting permission from ICU to refurbish our campus bar in Wye Summer 06, my greatest achievement as an officer to date."
"Hi! My name is Andy Holland, and I am a second year chemical engineer standing for DPFS, and part of the infamous "Southwell Slate". I cannot offer any Union experience, except I have bags of enthusiasm, and really want to make a go of this! As for other experience: well with regards to standing for Finance and Services I have several years of experience in pubs and clubs (both sides of the bar!) and feel that I could really use the skills I have picked up to make the Union services run smoothly."
"As a third year geologist, when I?m not colouring in or drawing rocks, I?m typically found doing something to do with the Union. I?m heavily involved in our clubs and societies and over the past few years and have sat on numerous committees including the De La Beche (geology) Club, Outdoor Club, and the Royal School of Mines. As RSM treasurer this year, I?ve overseen the finances at a CSC level for the RSM and its clubs and societies, which has included finance training, running a number of highly successful events, trying to keep RSM officers out of jail. For the last two years I?ve worked for the Union part-time in the Student Activities Centre and when not in the SAC I'm usually either sleeping, playing with rocks or in the Union Bar."
"I am in the final year of a maths BSc. I am the editor of Phoenix, the magazine originally set up by H.G.Wells. I am currently working toward relaunching it as a periodical, and am crossword editor and a regular columnist for Felix."
Deputy President (Clubs & Societies) (2)
"My name is Alexander Mikhailovich Balikhin; I'm currently a second year maths student standing for the position of Deputy-President (Clubs and Societies) on behalf of the 'slate'. I was born in the winter of 86 in Moscow, to a life of poverty, hunger and squalor. At the tender age of 4 just before my 5th birthday, my family fled Russia as soon as the Soviet Union collapsed to escape persecution. We continued to travel around trying to find a place to settle down; until in 95 we settled in Sheffield. There we managed to rent out a tiny attic flat, I studied hard in a run down comprehensive and worked on minimum wage 6am to 6pm to finance my education. Thus working my way up I obtained a place in the great learning establishment of Imperial College."
"I'm a final year materials student. I have been in the RCC exec committee for two years as the equipment officer and am the canoe club bosun this year. I am also organising this year's night hike which is happening in two weeks time. This year I have worked for the union in the student activities centre, you might have seen me there for most of the time; I'm the one with the beard and ponytail. I would describe myself as an inquisitive adventurous person with an ability of not to stress too much over things. One last point that should define me quite well is that I have a sweet tooth, and perhaps like mint imperials a little too much."
Deputy President (Education & Welfare) (2)
"My name is Aditya Narayanan, and I am a first year mechanical engineering student. I am running for the DPEW position as a member of the 'Southwell Slate'. I come to Imperial having lived a 19-year life that began in Plymouth and arrived in South Kensington via Saudi Arabia, Madras and California among other places. Although I do not have any prior experience, I will offer energy and commitment to the students' cause."
"I am a Second Year MSci Student of Geology and Geophysics. I have taken an active role in campaigning: elected to council as Welfare Campaigns Officer and setting up the Fairtrade Society after last years success in achieving ULU Student Campaign Group of the Year. I also hold the new Ethical Campaigns Portfolio on the Representation and Welfare Board. I have shown an active interest in Union affairs, in Club administration through my job in the Student Activities Centre; in commercial services through my job in the Union Bar; in welfare issues through my position on the Representation and Welfare Board and in general management through my position on Council. I am also the Clubs and Societies Editor of Felix.
I have experience in holding different positions of responsibility as Chair of Fairtrade Society, Treasurer of ULU Chamber Choir, Secretary of Sinfonietta, Social Secretary of Choir and AEB Exec Honorary Secretary."
Felix Editor (3)
"I'm currently a 3rd year physicist. I've been writing for Felix for the past two years. Initially I was the TV Editor under Rupert's reign and at the start of this year I became Deputy Editor. This entails me making design decisions, laying out the newspaper pages as we receive material from writers, touching up the other sub editors' work when they're having a hectic day and generally ensuring the paper gets out of the door come midnight on Thursdays!
I've also written several special features this year including one previewing the latest generation of videogames consoles as well as a behind the scenes article on a short film starring Bob Geldof. The more surreal side of my mind can often be found spewing out wise words in the horoscopes section!"
"Hi, I'm Emily Lines and I'm standing for Felix Editor. I'm a 4th year mathematician but I've spent most of my time at Imperial ignoring my degree and doing lots of other things! In my first year I sat on the summer ball committee, I've worked in the Union bar for over 2 years, been part of the netball and breakdancing clubs, and of LeoSoc. I'm currently the RCSU Honorary Secretary and also a Pimlico Volunteer, but most importantly I've been working for Felix since my first year, initially as a writer and since 2005 as the Arts Editor. I've spent a lot of time developing PR contacts and as a result my writers get access to all of London's most important Arts events."
"My name is Felix Sinclair, I am a third year physicist. Many of you know me as a reapp at Southwell hall, busy behind the coffee bar serving caffine to the overworked and underpaid imperial student."