The final departure of Martin Chong as Honorary Secretary for the City & Guilds after the Freshers' Ball led to an imminent and very necessary need for a replacement.
A general meeting was held but RON was elected in preference to both candidates. In this season of elections and resignations, it was decided that holding the elections for the position along with those for the ICU Council would boost the turn out, especially useful as CGCU General Meetings, where the first Hon. Sec. election was held, are nearly always inquarate. Hence the elections where held on-line in conjunction with those for ICU Council.
The candidates for the CGCU Hon. Sec. elections included Jason Clarke, a ISE 2nd year student who believed it was necessary to raise awareness about the City & Guilds, and planned to hold a CGCU Summer Ball; Helen Dawson, Mech. Eng. 3rd year student who cited her experience of being involved with the Mechanical Engineering Department and previous C&G activities; and RON, victorious in C&G's previous attempt to fill the post at a General Meeting.
Both candidates were involved with serious campaigning initiatives, canvassing students and mounting poster campaigns, with Helen Dawson also carrying around a residual golden spanner from the Lord Mayor's Show and asking people to sign it.
After a very long and tedious wait, the City & Guilds College Union acquired a new Honorary Secretary in the form of Helen Dawson, who received 252 votes in comparison to Jason Clarke's 82 and RON's 20.
Miss Dawson has now vowed to continue the "Keep the CGCU Office Habitable" campaign and hopes to continue the good work her predecessors started, as well as support the Guilds president John Collins to the point of getting him drunk every night at the Union.
More elections are planned for the future, hopefully in the Spring and Summer terms to keep the students of Imperial College entertained as well as ensure that the fundamental principles of freedom, liberty and doughnuts are represented by the democratic process.