Updated 20:56 11 Feb 2008: Added submission from Diogo Geraldes
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We asked all of this year's sabbatical election candidates to submit a short (100 word) biography to help Live!'s readers put faces to the names and current positions of those standing.
"I am a 22 year old Portuguese friendly/ sociable/ huggable 4th year Biomedical Engineering student. I love spending time with friends, a good laugh over several pints, clubbing, (watching) sports, music (listening/ pretending to play), travelling, learning new stuff, womanising and meeting people; i.e. I experience University life to the max!
This, together with my previous experiences as Senior Student at Wilson House, Treasurer of the Portuguese Society, Holiday Camp Monitor and founder of the IC Unofficial Choir, turn me into a Student listening/ pleasing/ representing machine sent from the future to lift up our Union and Student Body morale."
"Passionate about our university, I am a third year Aeronautical Engineer who also enjoys a range of union activities, enabling me to meet students with different experiences and needs. I have played football and rugby for Imperial but am better known for my contribution to music, as singer and instrumentalist. As treasurer of choir, I have been part of a team which has seen the choir?s membership and reputation soar. As Artsfest treasurer, I have gained great experience planning large events. Known as a loyal, friendly, good natured person, capable of fighting for what he believes is right."
"I am second year chemical engineering student. This year I was elected as CGCU Honorary Secretary and as well as those duties I co-ordinated the Imperial entry for the Lord Mayors Show. I was also heavily involved in organising and running of the recent Tri-Union Bar night and the upcoming C&G Egg Race. I have lived in Halls for the last few years and I have helped run the hall café and sat on the Halls Committee. Outside university I have been involved in a number of events and with each one gained different experiences of managing projects and organisations."
"I am currently a post-graduate student in Biochemistry having done my undergraduate degree (Biology) at Imperial as well. During my nine years at Imperial, I have been heavily involved in all aspects of student life from club activity to accommodation. I am currently the Polo Captain for Riding and Polo Club, sat on the Accommodation Committee for four years, sat on Council, have been a sub-warden for three years and was Deputy President (Finance and Services) last year. I have always sought to serve students during my time at Imperial and have a deep commitment to student welfare and wellbeing."
"I?m a final year biology student and have been involved with the Union for a while, last year as RCSU Welfare Officer and this as the RCSU President. I've also been an active member of IC bowling and IC radio. I haven?t had a plan to stand for President (my degree and looming finals haven't allowed it!), but I?ve been proud to lead the RCSU and think we?ve had an excellent year so far with more to come. That?s why I want to continue the work I?ve started to advance, extend and defend the rights of every student at Imperial."
"I am currently completing the Fourth Year of my Aeronautics Degree, and I have had the privilege to have served for the last two years as ACC chair, which has allowed me to sit on Union Council for this period. I have also represented Imperial College on the BUSA London committee. I have played Rugby for the Union, and have been Rugby Club treasurer, City and Guilds Rugby Club Honorary Secretary, and I have also been Year Rep in Aeronautics. I am currently working in the Union Bars and have previously driven the Union Night bus."
Deputy President (Finance & Services)
"For those of you trying to put a name to a face, cast your minds back two weeks to Felix, there you go! Well, other than trying to make a name for myself in the modelling world this year, I have been treasurer of Poker Society, and have sat on the RCC all year learning the basics of the Union finances. When I'm not busy writing reports for Mech Eng, you will find me in the C&G office helping to organise events and dealing with alumni as part of the team that helped Guilds become more active since January."
Deputy President (Education & Welfare)
"I'm a final year MSci Physics undergrad. I wasn't really that involved with Union activities until my third year when I was the President of I.Q., the LGBT society at Imperial. It wasn't an easy job but it was one I really enjoyed. As a club that has a welfare role as part of its raison d'être I also felt that I was doing something important for my fellow students.
This year I am secretary of Choir and the SCC, a member of Council and I work down in the Student Activities Centre as well as in Reception."
"Over the past four years of medical school, I have been spotted driving Felix editors mad with my haphazard editing skills, embraced my inner hippy as president of the Environmental Society, sipped cups of tea in Representation and Welfare Board, Council and Executive Committee meetings in Beit headquarters, brought hybrid cars and recycling facilities to campus during Green Week and battled with collapsing tables at the Ethical Careers Fair to name but a few activities. This year as Welfare Campaigns Officer I have worked on union campaigns including SHAG and Positively Red Week, Green Week and the upcoming Healthy Living [cut to length]"
Deputy President (Clubs & Societies)
"I am studying Civil Engineering and am currently in my third year. I spend most of my time maintaining the RCS and RSM motorised mascots, after being Chairman of RCSMC for two years. I am a member of the URNU, Choir, and in my time at Imperial I have been across the channel with Yacht Club, helped to found Cheese Society, and been Vice Chairman of RAG.
Having taken a year in industry, I am committed to working above and beyond forty hours a week and Lord Mayor?s Show Coordinator has shown that I am no stranger to big events."
"I'm a final year Maths student from Cardiff. I've been the Netball Club Captain for the past two years and as a result have sat on the ACC for two years now. I therefore have a very clear understanding of how the Union is run and understand what members of all clubs and socities want to gain from their Sabbs! When I'm not working or playing netball you can find me propping up the Union Bar having fun (probably having had a little bit to drink) and socialising with as many people as possible!"
"I'm a 4th year Medic. When I'm not doing my degree (which is most of the time) I'm getting involved in Dance, Dramsoc and lots of music societies. I've been on the committees of Medics Music and Dance Company, was Artsoc Chair and am Dramsoc Chair. This year I've been looking after lots of other clubs and going to many meetings as SCC Chair. I've also been on the Executive Committee as a representative of the Clubs & Societies Board. I've had experience of the admin side of club activities through working in the Student Activities Centre for 4 years."
"I?m a final year Physics student and am running for Felix editor. I?ve been the nightlife editor for three years now and have been writing articles and features since 2004. I have also worked on the music section (including last year?s music pullout FEMM), as well as festival reviews and the occasional feature.
Other than that, I was president of the Alternative Music Society last year, and have helped organise live music events at the Union for the past three years. I?m also currently a re-app at Piccadilly Court."
"I?m a final year aeronautical engineer. Currently, I?m the Sports Editor in Felix but have also done work on features, mainly for clubs and societies. I?m working on a Varsity Special pull-out, as a kind of memento for everyone, so keep your eyes out for it! Apart from Felix, I?ve been involved with both Imperial College and C&G rugby. With the Guilds, I was appointed as Club Captain last year and this year as treasurer. With IC rugby, I?ve taken more relaxed roles as social and coaching secretary. You can find me at the bar most Thursday and Wednesday nights."