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CGCU Manifestos - Executive

Mar 11 2007 16:20
Ashley Brown
Manifestos for the top CGCU positions for 2007-2008, including President, the Vice Presidents, Honorary Secretary and Academic Affairs Officers.
Time to pick the CGCU team for 07-08

Manifestos for key departmental society positions will appear in the next issue of Guildsheet, due out soon.


Joseph Jezic von Gesseneck

The CGCU, albeit structurally rigid, retains much flexibility in the application of its work. As each faculty thrusts its ideas forth, I propose no withdrawal. I am convinced it is crucial to develop cohesion in the intra-faculty policies towards promoting a reinvigorated consensus spirit at the inter-faculty level, thus allowing us all to remain on top of the issues on the agenda.

There lies exciting potential for initiatives in the penetration of the inexhaustible issues and projects within and beyond our faculty.

We may struggle through initial resolutions as we tackle current and successive outbursts of new challenges, from reviving our internship program to reorganizing our budget to secure a sabbatical for the presidential position. I however reassure you of my confidence that, in foreplay to our centennial celebrations next year, we will climax to some fantastically palpable results, bringing to fruition the cumulative efforts of years past.

Baber Pervez


Tristan Sherliker

Tristan Sherliker

A vote for Tristan Sherliker is a vote for experience.

The CGCU exists for three major reasons: for academic representation, organisation of faculty wide events, and running of our societies. I have direct experience with each aspect: as a YearRep, and Reapp; having helped organise events in Halls, Guilds, and College-wide; and with committee experience on several societies.

A vote for Tristan Sherliker is a vote for improvement.

This year some things have been great, and some poor. As Guildsheet editor I?ve been in a position to see exactly what has gone right and what has gone wrong, and to write it down and remember it!

A vote for Tristan Sherliker is a vote for results.

My experience has always been devoted towards achieving results, and never to self-promotion or ?union hackery?. I?m not interested in constitutional politics if it gets in the way of what needs to be done.

Vice President (Finance & Societies)

Michael Chan

Michael Chan

To all Engineers!

I am Michael from the bioengineering department and I am standing for VPFS of the CGCU. Having been a member of the CGCU executive as the President of the BioEngineering Society for the last academic year, I am well aware of the workings of the CGCU and its shortcomings of which I hope to improve. As the VPFS, not only will I ensure the finances of the Union are managed well and up-to-date, I will strive to increase sponsorship revenues for the Union and its clubs and societies. Furthermore, I aim to evolve the Union, along with its affiliations, into a closer-knit organisation which can better cater to your cause and welfare. I am confident of taking up the huge responsibility that this position entails and I hope to help lead the next CGCU executive, with the utmost dedication, to serve you to the best of my abilities.

Andrew Holland

Andrew Holland

Why should you elect me as CGCU VPFS? I understand the problems facing this college and it's Union, and feel that I would be the person to solve them. I have had experience with organising and financing events, including parties and film nights with, regards to societies, and have a knowledge of how the Union is run. I recently stood for the DPFS sabbatical officer position, but was not elected. However, several people advised me to stand for CGCU, and there is a lot that I could offer our Union. I feel that I would be well suited for the role, and I would give 100% to everything I do.

Yoke Thye


Vice President (Activities)

Salma Begum

Salma Begum

As Vice President (Activities), I will endeavour to work hard to enliven the engineering student?s day-to-day life with light-hearted and fun events. My main aim is to increase awareness of the events organised by CGCU so that more students attend ? the more the merrier! I shall also continue with old successes, such as bar nights, pub-crawls and Inter-Faculty competitions to give the medics and the scientists the thrashing they deserve! I?d also like to introduce more sports events between years and other departments.

I am a first year Mechanical Engineer and this year have become accustomed to the workings of CGCU as a Year Rep. What sets me apart is my enthusiasm and the extra effort I shall put into the role. I am proud of our Union and our College and am keen to get more involved.

Edward Judge

Edward Judge

As a second year engineer at Imperial I know what makes a good event. I also know that if you vote for me as CGCU VP Activities then you will get to experience some of the best engineering events around. I have a distinct knowledge of the union having been in a number of committees both in Imperial and outside. I give 100% to everything that I do and know that I can both continue and improve the events that are held for us engineers. I want to continue looking at our company sponsors so that we can ensure that the events we arrange are the best value for money for everyone. I would also like to see some events being hosted with engineering unions from other colleges. I hope you can see the enthusiasm I have and the belief that I know I will represent you well.

Honorary Secretary

Vinnothan Balakumarasingham

Vinno Bala

The most enjoyable part of my university life by far has been my involvement with the CGCU, I was a sports officer this year and I was able to see first hand the fun that can be had as a result of combined engineering events. As Honorary secretary I would ensure that we have a wide range of events that encompass the interests of as many people as possible. Moreover, I would also ensure that the sponsorship we obtain is sufficient to run these events without it costing the students a fortune.

Nuri Purswani Ramchandani

Nothing submitted

Welfare Officer

Sam Piper

Sam Piper

I endeavour to embrace the role of welfare officer whole heartedly, having a personal approach to individual student problems and helping students to deal with their concerns in an environment that might be unfamiliar and intimidating. On a wider scale I aim to build on the current university welfare campaigns and implement a number of new initiatives, all with the target of increasing awareness and promoting support services to students. With such a diverse student body I will ensure that all facets of the community are treated fairly and represented, providing an essential link between you and the university and making sure that your voice is heard.

Aditya Narayanan

Aditya Narayanan

A Welfare Officer has to be attuned to needs of the students, and I feel I am the person to do that. A role like this requires communication, and if elected I will endeavour to make communication between both staff and students easier and more effective. I stood for the Education and Welfare sabbatical position, and despite not been elected for that I feel that I can do as much for you as CGCU welfare officer. I believe I have the enthusiasm required to be good in this role and would do my very best for the Union and its students.

Academic Affairs Officer (Taught)

Alexander Grisman

Alex Grisman

I have been involved with CGCU for both my two years at Imperial, this year being my departmental society chair and therefore have the experience and knowledge of how the union runs to take on this responsibility. As the Aero depsoc chair I attend all the staff-student meetings and I consider myself a strong voice of student opinion when it comes to academic affairs.

As AAO within CGCU I promise to voice the opinion of the CGCU students to the senior members of college staff. I will hold regular meetings with departmental representatives to make sure that I have an excellent understanding of the problems you face and am therefore able to voice them correctly.

Leong Lo

Leong Lo

With two years of constant involvement in academic affairs (Year Representative then serve as Departmental Representative in Civil Engineering), I am well aware of the academic system and aspects which need to be changed.

If elected I promise to:

  • Make sure adequate resources are available to you, e.g. keeping your departmental libraries, study areas and computer labs.
  • Increase transparency and fairness of exam and coursework marking. Ensure you get your coursework back with feedback, which allows you to fully understand what is being taught.
  • Increase the number of module options and hence the flexibility of your degree.
  • Work closely with departmental representatives and coordinate academic representation, e.g. review maths modules in departments regularly and enhance the communication system which ensures problems reflected are taken into actions immediately and effectively.

You can obtain my full manifesto by emailing . Vote Kevin (Leong) Lo for a diligent and conscientious AAO.

Academic Affairs Officer (Research)

Eirini Spentza

Eirini Spentza

I am a first year PhD student and the current holder of the City and Guilds AAO (research) position. While holding the position this year I have ably represented PhD students throughout the faculty, by attending all college meetings, liaising with ICU officers, and working together with the GSA to improve social events.

I have pushed forward a number of key issues, such as the London weighting on studentships, the reinstatement of the maths advisory service, and many more that have arisen through the departmental research representatives. Some good results have bee seen already, but I believe that I have more to contribute to the PhD community; hence I am running for the same position again next year. As well as doing my job as academic affairs officer, my extensive experience within the Union over the years means that I can be a very valuable member of the C&G team.

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Discussion about “CGCU Manifestos - Executive”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Mar 11 2007 20:13

Gessenneck has used EXACTLY the same manifesto as last year - what a joke, is this guy for real? See from last year!!!!!

Mar 11 2007 20:17

the second AAO candidate has missed the mark, departmental libraries have stopped being closed and a maths course overhaul is about to happen, know what he is talking about does he?

Mar 11 2007 20:32

Ha ha, I wonder if he still thinks Centenary year is next year?


Mar 11 2007 21:46

Well done Joseph Jezic von Gesseneck! You managed to talk complete s**t for the second year running.

5. pg   
Mar 11 2007 21:46

Well, it's not that hard when you submit the same manifesto, is it?

Mar 11 2007 22:10

Von Bulls**t

I find myself greatly contending your comments. What exactly do you purport to contribute to the university? It is my strong belief that you know nothing of what you speak. That being the definitive case, may I respectfully suggest that you....SOD OFF YOU MUPPET.

Mar 11 2007 23:32

Dear all,

I have used EXACTLY the same manifesto from last year to emphasize as much as possible that my position on the key issues remains EXACTLY the same as last year. You are very eager to ridicule me, but I would like to arrange a debate or some discussion during which you can evaluate me thoroughly before jumping to conclusions.

Not being a CGCU officer this past year, I am really disappointed that I have found it virtually impossible to join in organizing your activities this year despite discussions with Mr. Fok. But I remain convinced that I have more than the qualities required for the position.

It is unfortunate that only the most active members of the CGCU will care to vote. And you will choose to vote safely. But I encourage you to consider a facelift from someone with a fresh perspective rather than the stale prejudices of longer servitude to the cause.

It has been very difficult to reach the core of our CGCU. Reach into me so that I may reach into you. Please do not be so brash in your judgment, but rather recommend how I can subject myself to your most thorough review. What you miss today, you may never have tomorrow. Have a bite of the apple.


Mar 12 2007 00:00

2 things...

1) If the manifesto didn't work last year, would it not have been a good idea to change it for this year?

2) Any idiot that read your manifesto would have known the Centenary celebration things are not next year! How can Guilds have a President who simply cuts/pastes instead of doing some original work?


Mar 12 2007 00:10

Based on the sabb manifestos and these manifestos (and general hustings word banter) next years buzz word is:

  • Transparency


Mar 12 2007 01:32

gesseneck never ceases to amaze me - his manifesto could be for any position in the Union, with a few word changes. If he didn't find any guilds activities this year he must be blind - I saw plenty of posters about the place.

also, how can anyone who thinks a good manifesto is one immaturely riddled with innuendoes, be taken seriously as a FU president?

Mar 12 2007 10:36

Yay, buzzword bingo! We could sell it at the Union shop.

Mar 12 2007 10:59

Do you think it will be as hot a seller as the chess sets?

13. pedant   
Mar 12 2007 15:59

"How can Guilds have a President who simply cuts/pastes instead of doing some original work?"

Do you think he should have Harvard referenced himself like academics are meant to when refering to a previous body of work? Can we take him down for plagarism?

14. anon   
Mar 12 2007 16:17

self plagiarism... against college policy!

Mar 12 2007 18:17

You are talking about someone who has undegraduate credit at Harvard. I remind you, however, that we're at Imperial... Instead of searching for technical flaws, I suggest you instead attack me directly on the relevant issues!


Mar 12 2007 19:43

I think people would like a Guilds President who can spell...


17. Griz   
Mar 12 2007 22:47

I would like to point out that the picture used of me was not one i submitted and hence shows a somewhate ambiguous expression. Appologies to all those who suffered in the form of broken screens or any reflective surfaces that my mug may have reflected onto breaking.

Mar 12 2007 23:10

I'm fairly sure your submitted photo looked something like this:

Mar 13 2007 13:45

Dear Von Gesseneck

I suggest very cordially you employ your useful time ( I nkow you can't have much seeing as you cant even write a new manifesto) in other activites far away from CGCU. (Please take no offence if I suggest Nepal) First of all mate, learn a big truth about life by understanding that big words don't make you any more mature or older, you're still a youngster full of bulls**t. It doesnt matter how many times you use the thesaurus you still know f**k all about the running of the office. Second of all, it is imperative that a president is respected and known, last time I checked no-one knows who you are (probably works in your favour this time though) I shall remind you that the work of a president does not only extend as far as the office, but also to liaise with other entities.... something I am sure you don't have a clue how to do! I am not taking the p*** out of you(well not too much) but just trying to make you see what a fool you are; get on with your degree, stop f**king around with elections and find a job to make you happy. Next time you wish to contribute to CGCU either come to our events, or for a start learn some humility and start by applying for a position of calibre, you need to earn respect before you can play with the big guns.

Yours Sincerely

Current member or Exec

Mar 13 2007 13:45

"The CGCU, albeit structurally rigid"


"As each faculty thrusts its ideas forth, I propose no withdrawal."


"...allowing us all to remain on top of the issues..."


"There lies exciting potential for initiatives in the penetration of the inexhaustible issues..."

Ooh err, missus, etc.

"...we will climax to some fantastically palpable results, bringing to fruition the cumulative efforts of years past."

I think I need a cold shower.

21. Seb   
Mar 13 2007 17:56

You missed foreplay...

Mar 13 2007 23:39

That's always been my problem.

Mar 14 2007 09:38

"Reach into me so that I may reach into you. "

"What you miss today, you may never have tomorrow."

"Have a bite of the apple."

What is this guy on?!

24. Editor   
Mar 14 2007 10:26

Please note that Baber Pervez has withdrawn from the presidential election and Yoke Thye has withdrawn from VPFS.

Jun 27 2007 00:06

Withdrawn from the election?

hahah.. i'm sure you're not referring to little ole me.

I live in Canada man.

[email protected]

write me...


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