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Live Hustings - Wednesday

Nicky Woolf and Sian Turner are back bringing you the latest news from the second day of Hustings, with speechs and questions from Women's Officer, LGBT Officer, Disability Officer, Student Action, RAG, Academic Affairs, Welfare and President.

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Conclusions of the Presidential race? It's hard to say. Tim and Langrish have the most experience, and that will serve both them well. Bradley's outsider status could go either way. Bushby's policy of calling Bradley "Graham" might serve him well at the polls, or it might not. Now all that remains is an election...

Goodnight and happy voting, everybody!

P.S. if anyone has lost a set of earphones at this event, they can pick them up from the YUSU office.


And with those slightly disturbing revalations, the evening comes cataclysmically to a close.

Word in from pundit and Bushby campaign leader Dan Taylor:

"Bushby's Ethical Investment policy will be basd upon realistic financial and research considerations, working for the benefit of the whole University."


Nouse or Vision:

They all go for Nouse except Bushby, who has decided that his policies now include the massacre of small children, incidentally.

VBAR or Courtyard:

Only Bushby goes for Vbar.

Tru or Gallery?

Tom and Charles go for Tru, the others Gallery.

Busby and Bradley also highlight themselves as Tories, choosing Cameron over Brown. Also, Tom and Bushby prefer to be underneath during a sexual encounter. or something. It's all getting a little chaotic.


Quick-fire round.

Worst thing you've ever done:

Tim: Let Dan cut his hair
Bradley: Something funny about easyjet.
Bushby: Got drunk at university.
Langrish: Walked into a trombone exam with flies undone and trombone on show.

Bradley: Eat the badger, they're
Langrish: eat the badger

If you weren't running which of the others:

Bushby: Graham
Grant Bradley: That's why I need more promotion!
Langrish: Tim. Very impressed.
Ngwena: Tom.
Bradley: Tom. Passionate.


Last round of questions before the quick-fire round.

Why don't students care about student politics?
What is your unique selling point?
What is the most important YUSU campaign?

Langrish thinks that the problem is that students don't really understand how important student politics is. He says that his unique selling points are his passion and experience, and thinks that the 24 hour library campaign, that he kicked off, is his fave.

Ngwena doesn't think students know what the union does. They need to know more about it before they will care. His multi-perspective status is his uniqueness - he's seen every part of student life from sports to media. 24-hour library too.

Bradley thinks that there is a feeling that student politics doesn't apply to students' lives, and he thinks that needs to change. He thinks his outsider-ness is a unique point. Also, 24-hour library.

Bushby thinks people don't know "who YUSU is" and thinks he's the man to change that. He cites his personality as his unique selling point, and thinks that the 24-hour library is the best idea.


Langrish thinks that if the Ethical Investment motion passes Union council, that's half the work done already. He thinks that if he wins the election then that's a comment on his figureheadedness.

Ngwena thinks that the student voice has spoken, and that this mandates him to push Ethical Investment as far as he can. He says that he has plenty of leadership experience that means he'd make an awesome figurehead.

Bradley thinks that ethical policies are paramount, but is worried about cutting into how the University funds itself. He hopes that he'll get a public persona while serving as President.


Last long question round. Ethical investment strategy assuming the policy passes? Do you have the right public image to be a good figurehead?

Bushby likes ethical investment. He thinks the President should find a way to promote ethical investment, as long as it's realistic, and we should definitely follow it. He thinks his public image has been misunderstood, and wants people to "get to know the real Charles Bushby."


High-brow questions now, says Foy. "broken" higher education funding, trade union involvement, and what can the NUS do for York and its students?

Bradley first. He thinks we're paying a lot of money for what we're getting here, and wants to make sure we're getting value for money. YUSU is a union, he says, and has an affinity to other unions. He runs out of time before the NUS.

Can Bushby cover all 3 topics? He thinks HE funding needs to be looked at. Radical changes with fees have been implemented, and he wants to look at where the money's going. He's against trade unions. Not the NUS, though - he thinks that's good, but wants to get a better deal.

Langrish wants to make sure York's views are heard at NUS forums about HE funding. He likes trade unions, because lots of students have jobs, and thinks the NUS's lobbying functions are priceless to us, as are our YourShop and bar deals.

Ngwena thinks that we have to look at HE funding from a national perspective, talk to other student unions around the country, and it's a long-term process, and he loves the NUS as a support system.


Which is your most important policy? Given the credit crunch, are you planning a two-year term? And how do you think you can bring your creativity to the role?

Tim's up first. He doesn't want to choose one particular policy - they're all important to him - but thinks that communications and the website are the areas he'd want to improve most. It's a 1-year goal for Tim, and his creativity will, he says, come through in... Ding! Time's up.

Bradley's most important policy is getting people involved. He wants to integrate us all. If he feels he can help for 2 years, he will - and he has already started being creative. He's on flipper. No, he says, he means twitter.

Bushby wants everyone to leave York a fully rounded person. He likes it here, so would be happy to stay for two years, and his creativity in his extensive - he stressed that - media background, he could help a lot with YUSU's marketing.

Langrish has never used the word promise before, but he's using it now. He has 5 Presidential Policies - check his facebook for them - and certainly isn't leaving till they're all achieved. He means business. He wants all the student creativity to be involved with the Union.


More questions. Support for the GSA following elections problems, relations with the ISA, and should the ISA have a sabbatical president?

Langrish wants to carry on with the status quo, meeting with the GSA president at least once a fortnight and giving it full support. He also wants to talk to the ISA, and if they want a sabbatical officer he's all in favour.

Ngwena thinks that all three organisations, YUSU, ISA and GSA have the same aim: improving the student experience. With that in mind, he's sure he can find solutions, and if that means that ISA having a sabb president then all to the good.

Bradley thinks it's all a matter of getting people involved, promoting the issues. He proposes shared events to improve interaction between YUSU and the GSA.

Bushby thinks there have to be meetings set up, communications channels opened. The same with the ISA. There has been a breakdown in the communications channel. "Let's get them back involved." He wants to compromise on the ISA president.


A whirlwind of information to digest here. From the Nouse bench it feels like Tom and Tim are out in front, but it's all much closer than anyone thought. The two newcomers are both very impressive, though I don't think Bushbey's jabs at the current YUSU team have gone down as well as he might have hoped.


Breaking news about Bradley: it appears that rules were breached... Nouse's own Jim Bulley has the scoop. Check it out here.


Ngwena thinks that if not Prez he'd be running for Student Activities, something he nearly ran for. He thinks its a shame that noone's run for Racial Eq, and thinks that procedure should be followed in the slacker's case.

Bradley's alternative would be Welfare, he thinks that we should look into the reasons why noone's run for RE, and thinks that sabbatical officer is a job like any other, and should be dealt with as such.


Another round: What other position would you be running for if not President? How do you feel about noone running for Racial Equality? And what would you do if one of your sabbs was slacking?

Bushby up first. "If I wasn't running for president I think I'd do a good job at the Democracy and Services position". I understand society's needs, he says. He's disappointed that noone's running for racial equality officer, and would be just as disappointed with a slacking officer.

Langrish thinks that if he wasn't running for Prez, he'd want to be Academic Officer. He wants to promote a by-election for Racial Equality as soon as the new year begins, and he pledges to deal with slacking officers internally, no going to the press...


More questions, on the Media Charter and on The Yorker.

Bradley thinks the Yorker is a fantastic example of the outside looking in, and thinks a new perspective is good, and thinks the media charter might be slightly unfair.

Bushby thinks the media charter should be just for welfare of students and against libel, and thinks that its place is not just for imposition of taste on publications. He thinks the way YUSU thinks about the Yorker also needs to be looked at.

Langrish thinks the media charter is essential, and wants to clarify and update it. "A process of renewal". The Yorker, he thinks, is independent of YUSU so he wants to treat them as another independent news source.

Ngwena now: The media charter needs looking at and analysis, but we need to make sure studnts still know what's going on. The Yorker is good entrepreneurship, he thinks, and is "brilliant."


More questions. Hes East Goodrice, social and entertainment on campus, and Hes East student centre?

Ngwena: There's so many things that need to be catered for in the new Goodricke. The Uni, he warns, will try to cut corners, and we have to avoid it being turned into just another travelodge off the A64, referring to the accommodation crisis at the beginning of this term.

Bradley: Student services for Goodricke need to be evaluated. We need to take a survey to see what students expect. Get societies more involved in bars and open nights, he continues.

Charles: "Hes East offers a fantastic opportunity", but he warns that a "two-tier" campus is avoided. YUSU must ensure students needs are met." He thinks that YUSU entertainment should not be in competition with college events, or everybody loses. YUSU need to be central, he adds.

Langrish: We need to ask the current Goodricke JCRC what they need. Courtyard needs to be promoted, but we need to carry on the fight for a full student venue on Hes East. We're facing a split campuis


Some interesting questions. Is YUSU cliquey? What do you think of the fact that there are no women running for President? And what to do about students who don't know much about how YUSU works?

Langrish points to the wide range of candidates running as an example of how it isn't, and feels that it isn't a problem for men to represent women, and vice versa.

"That's no problem - I can communicate with any women here..." Audience mirth. But Ngwena also points out that greater student awareness needs to be pursued on YUSU's workings.

Quite reasonably, Bradley points out that as an absolute newcomer to the YUSU scene, he would prove cliqueyness wrong himself...

Bushby thinks the YUSU clique "has been around far too long". "It's lost it's focus, it isn't working for student any more." He feels it's a shame in the 21st century that women aren't running, and thinks that more effective communication methods need to be employed.


Tim wants to speak for students. He wants to represent them. He wants Fusion and RAG to one day merge to form one big society- a controversion opinion indeed.

Bradley wants to call the position of President "Student Representative". He feels he's gone against public opinion by simply running for President as an underdog...


Questions. "What is the role of the President"? Bushby sees the role as that of a leader. "When have you gone against popular opinion?" "I like to think that I'm always working for the people," he says.

Langrish up next. "President is your primary representative, your chief campaigner." "I voted against the Fletcher-Hackwood vote of no confidence", is his against popular opinion moment.


Tim Ngwena, relative to Langrish, is also a relative YUSU outsider, though he has more union experience than Bushby or Bradley. "I have come here," he says "not to tell you my policies. You can read them on my facebook group. I'm here to tell you who I am." He's got an impressive array of experience, with sports, with societies, with student media, and as Fusion President. "Anyone you talk to about me will tell you that I do anything 100%". He wants to improve communication with the University. More rapt applause for another very strong speech.


Langrish is known already as "mr. YUSU", and has a large bank of experience to draw on, and he's not holding back, listing an impressive array of achievements. "I know how to get things done," he says, "but more importantly, I know what needs to be changed." He makes a sly dig at Bushby's controversial promise not to draw his salary, saying "any President worth his 15k, which I shall take, because I have to." His policies include a YUSU podcast, a YUSU survey, a restructuring of the Media Charter, and he pledges to double turnout at AGMs. The best speaker so far, he leaves the stage to rapt applause. The one to beat, so far...


Charles Bushby's got the gloves off, calling Tom Scott's leadership "ineffectual" from the stop. He gets Grant's name wrong, calling him Graham, but implies that only he is capable of running the Union successfully. There's a lot wrong that he has to put right, he continues. "I want to encourage cooperation between YUSU and JCRCs to ensure that students get the greatest variety of events and... maximum support." "I am a team player with strong beliefs and values," he continues, "...I will support you. Vote common sense."

A highly contentious speech there. Tom next.


Grant Bradley's up first.

He admits that he lacks political experience or well-known campus status: but feels that this is a strength, not a weakness. He wants to really engage with the student body. He's really selling himself as the everyman, Joe Derwent. He wants to review accommodations services, categorise all the accommodation problems and "sort it out." He also wants to take the Courtyard's successes to the other college bars, and ensure integration between the student body and the student Union, and "make sure every one of your voices are heard." An impressive speech from YUSU outsider Bradley.


The Presidential candidates have mounted the stage, now. The atmosphere is electric.


A clarification from Matt Pallas:

"No no no no no!!!

It was not a snub aimed at Charlie. My point was that the period when the union was without an AcWelf Officer, and Anne-Marie was filling in, many of Grace's newer initiatives ended up falling by the wayside, which is entirely understandable. I think that Charlie has done a fantastic job on the welfare front, and this was only a minor criticism. Now that we're going to have a full time welfare officer, hopefully some of these things can be revived."


The hall is really filling up now. There are some slight delays as the candidates prepare themselves for this titanic clash. Henry and Tom's desk is overflowing with post-it notes. They're getting their questions in order now...


Just to remind you, the candidates for President are:

Tim Ngwena
Tom Langrish
Charles Bushby
Grant Bradley

Expect fireworks, ladies and gentlemen...


All of yesterday's campaign videos for sabbatical positions are now available on the candidates page right here...


Humphrys also keen to praise Leyland's academic but avoid her welfare achievements. He points to a recent Derwent sexual-health themed quiz as a good example of how to raise awareness, and wants to work with academic officer and the careers service to help prepare students for unemployment. Ten minutes of break now, and then it's President-time...


Pallas up first. He praises her academic work, but snubs the welfare side of her position- a veiled insult, perhaps? He misses the days of Fletcher-Hackwood, and thinks some of her policies need to be revisited, including "test-your-team".

Coyle's very into Leyland's library opening hours policies, implying that they'd make a good team on the issue. She thinks that sexual health drop-in sessions would help with awareness, and thinks that student short-term internships could be negotiated to help them deal with unemployment...


Last questions. Charlie Leyland's best move, sex issue awareness, and preparing students for unemployment.


Pallas points out that the nursery is "ridiculous... that there are so few spaces. It's just absurd." This will surely prove to be a votewinner among student parents.

Coyle wants everyone to work together, GSA, mature students and all. She thinks that mature students are a forgotten group at the moment, and wants to have meetings with them to work out ways they can benefit. Last round of questions next.


A set of questions on GSA and mature students, and sports club welfare.

Humphrys, with his LGBT experience, has worked with the GSA before, and wants to take this experience into the Welfare role. He thinks sports welfare's "very important," too.


"I've had people approach me in a number of positions," says Pallas to much amusement. I don't get it. He wants to review the counselling services though.


Humphrys highlights his approachability first and foremost, but criticises the health centre in its mental health provision. "Everyone's going through stress... we need more help in coping with stress," he says. Pallas next.


More questions.

Coyle thinks that Mental Health assistance provision needs a lot of attention, due to stigmas that people attach. More help and more information is her prescription, to show people that it's alright to come forward and ask for help.


Humphrys has the bus figures. Impressive. He wants to advertise it more, and has a plan. He wants to make sure the uni provides enough freshers' accommodation, too, but he stays on the fence binge-drinking wise.


Is the magic bus financially viable? Pallas doesn't have access to the figures, but thinks it's a problem due to awareness. He also believes that the Langwith bar's pound-a-pint night encourages binge drinking- potentially a sticking point for many.

Coyle believes in the magic bus. What a lovely sentence to be able to write. -ahem-. She doesn't agree with Pallas on the pound-a-pint issue, though.


Pallas next, and he also thinks the Union position is crucial. He wants to hold "refresher sessions" for college reps to keep them together and working smoothly. He again has to be warned to cease...

Coyle now, and she wants all welfare reps to be under the umbrella-protection of welfare committee, and is in favour of the split: it'll "give students more attention."

YUSU magic bus questions now. Could be contentious...


Questions now about college welfare reps, and about negative side effects of the Ac/welf split. Humphrys up first.

He wants to coordinate both college and union welfare campaigns, and wants to support college welfare reps more: "I think sometimes they're left to themselves". He thinks Ac and Welf need to work very closely together.


Pallas is the most ebullient speaker yet. "I am the most experience candidate here," he begins. He wants an on-campus GUM clinic, to crack down on STI's, and wants to keep the Courtyard bar responsible as an alcohol provider with accreditation. He also wants to establish a clear complaints procedure for students to complain about their landlords. He wants to review the careers service, too, to bring it up to date with the Credit Crunch... He has to be ordered twice to desist. Questions next.


Accountability is Ben Humphrys' main bugbear. He wants to take the University to task on the state of campus kitchens and bedrooms - potentially also a very popular policy. He's got a lot of campaigns planned, too, and wants to create a website to help students club together against bodies that might want to oppress them - landlords and the University governance, centrally. Another confident speech. I predict a close-fought campaign, here. The audience love him, too. Almost a standing ovation.


Welfare is a hotly contested seat. Jenny Coyle, Matt Pallas and Ben Humphrys go head-to-head. Coyle's up first.

Dedication and alternative perspectives are her central ideas. She wants to help students control their finances, with form-filling assistance and other nifty little ideas. This may well prove a big votewinner. Safety's another solid policy area, with better-lit walkways, condom provision and rape alarms forming the core of a four-pronged attack, the fourth prong being lubrication. She is against drink-spiking, too, which is very admirable. A confident opening speech from Coyle...


A sentimental question last: will Leyland miss her officers? She almost seems to tear up a little. "I'll give you six guesses at who asked that," quips Scott. "She really only needs 5," corrects Foy, pointing out correctly that Scott's joke rested on the fact that there are 6 sabbatical officers who might want to know if Leyland was going to miss her, and Foy observed astutely that, in fact, Leyland was the 6th sabbatical officer and only 5 would therefore be either able or willing to enquire as to whether she would miss them. Much mirth from the audience.

You probably had to be there, though.

A short break before Welfare.


Library opening hours- Charlie's very strong on these. She's pledged to make steps towards 24-hour opening. Ambitious, perhaps, but a very popular policy. She also wants to clarify the roles of supervisors, and has enough time left in this round to say only that late essays scoring zero is "ridiculous".


The practice of some departments "shocked" miss Leyland "to the core," though management wins her accolade as the most improved. She runs out of time before answering a question on the National Student Survey. Some more policy questions to come.


Question time. Leyland loved both aspects of her role but picked Academic over Welfare as she thinks it's the area that needs most work. Very admirable... She doesn't agree that there will be negative effects of splitting the position, and thinks there's no reason for any to arise.


Charlie Leyland running unopposed for Academic officer. She wants to be clear that she's ready for any challenge that will be thrown at her, including Heslington East. Support for international students is one of her targets, and she wants to continue improving course representation and put YUSU best practice guides in place in a variety of places. A very policy-heavy speech, this one. Online key reading, more departmental responsibilities, fair penalties for late submissions - these are just a selection.


Some silly questions now.

Zoe and Helen can't choose between raising and giving, but definitely like "recieving". General approval from the room.

Chew wants to be an Aero if she was any chocolate bar, but misses out on the innuendo points. Interesting stuff! Academic affairs up next...


Favourite RAG experience so far?
How much have you raised for RAG so far?
And: Should Alcuin win RAG parade another year in a row?

Chew reckons's she's given about £100 to RAG personally, but has a bone to pick with RAG parade - Derwent got robbed, she thinks.

Zoe and Helen want to raise squillions, they say. Very admirable, but they're sitting on the fence parade-wise.


"Who should choose the RAG beneficiaries?"
"Should other campus groups raise money for charity if it affects the RAG total?"
And, "If you could only support one beneficiary, what would it be?"

Helen and Zoe up first. They want each beneficiary to have a rep to campaign and represent them, but say that as long as money's going to a good cause that's ok.

Chew agrees. "At the end of the day, it's all about raising money for good causes". She chooses the NSPCC as her fave beneficiary, as she's "quite against child abuse." Strong words.


Questions: How will rag cope with the loss of the SDC position? How will RAG activities be improved, and will Student Action get more or less money than other beneficiaries?

Helen and Zoe have got serious. "Student action we really value," they say. No laughs now.

Chew pledges to give the position her all.

A Joe Clarke question: "RAG is a comittee of 30 girls - is there a lack of male participants?"
What do other uni RAGS do well that we ought to do?
And, What is more important, money for charity or a low price event?

Chew thinks more men are getting involved already, and wants to work with societies to make it more. She points to Nottingham's raids as an example of how it should be done, too.

The terrible twosome think we've got a lot to learn, RAG-wise. We've got to make RAG more of an institution, they say, make more people feel involved who aren't necessarily on the committee. Interesting.


Helen Fry & Zoe Stones: A strong rapport between these two- lots of puns ("I don't like to brag, but I do like to rag.") I think we're watching performance art, here. The audience is loving them. ("I've got a bit of a vice - Goodricke vice-chair to be exact.") I like them.

Policies blend in with more performance. "Policies?" cries one. "Fun," begins the other, "-draising," finishes the other triumphantly. What fun! Questions up next.


Iszi Chew's speech builds more on passion than policies, but she's got a lot of it. She wants to raise rag's profile with mega-raids, and wants to continue the hitches, as well as more hybrid events like Fusion. "Choose Chew", she says. How will the others follow?


And they're off. Breaking news: Sarah Goss and Will Scobie have dropped out of the race last-minute... Iszi up first.


Langwith Bar supremo Matt Burton's having food delivered to him in the hall again. Is he misusing his powers? News Editor Jim Bulley hints that Burton might be developing some kind of god complex. We'll have a full psychological analysis within the hour.


Everyone's back in the hall now, and there's an expectant buzz among the throng. Matt Burton appears to have been told to sit further back as his day-glo boots were blinding the candidates. He looks chastened.

The candidates for RAG officer will be:

Iszi Chew
Helen Fry & Zoe Stones
Sarah Goss & Will Scobie

Scott's just called two minutes 'till start. A hush falls across the room until he tells everyone to start talking again. That's how he rolls.


People are filing back into the hall in dribs and drabs now. The next section will be RAG, and is scheduled to start at half past 7.

We've got word of a schism forming between the two chairmen of tonight's event- Henry James Foy has complained that YUSU Prez Tom Scott's humour isn't up to it's Noel Coward-esque norm. He charitably admits, however, that Scott has had a molar removed this afternoon, and if he isn't high on painkillers he's a better man than any of us.


By the way, just because Jim's the only one with a cut-out there on the right, doesn't mean Sian and I are etherial beings, existing purely in blog form.

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Remember folks, you can check out the candidates here, and see all their policies condensed into wordles: it's all very clever.


Nicky Woolf here, blogging you through up as the pressure mounts towards the one everyone's been waiting for- President of YUSU. It's going to be a good one, folks. S-action, LGBT, Disability and Womens' Officer have been dispatched in record time, allowing everyone a half-hour break to gather themselves and prepare their speeches, and Matt Burton time to polish his neon yellow Doc Martens. Stay with us.


A question from 'the gentleman in yellow boots in the front row.' NOTE: Services and Finance Officer Matt Burton.

"How much action should students get?" Well now.

"It depends on their personality. Everyone should get involved and get lots of action." Wow, fiesty words from Miss Hesselwood there. I might even get involved in Student Action if she gets elected...


1. SA and RAG often get lumped together - how do you feel about this?
2. How will you increase prograd involvement and enthusiasm?

Hesselwood hopes to liase better with th GA and improve postering in Wentworth. And as for RAG? It's different, but it shouldn't affect SA and their reputation for quality of volunteering.


And some questions for Miss Hesselwood -

1. What has been your best experience with SA so far?
2. What are your views on Kids Camp.

She'll answer these two as one. In short: Kids Camp is great, it has to keep going.


Student Action Officer is up next. Rachel Hesselwood steps up to the mic.

The former Vanbrugh SA rep hopes to raise awareness of projects, especially in Wentworth and the postgrad community. Getting students national recognition for their volunteering work is also on the cards - some Nobel Prizes for York undergrads perchance?

And she's a fully qualified girl guide leader. Awesome stuff. And facepainting. We love it.


A question: "Which college needs the most effort to improve disability support?"

Ans: "I'm not too sure."

She hopes to improve awareness of 'unseen disabilities' too, and provide better transport facilities too.

Just the one set of questions for our candidates there. Wow, that's must be almost a first.

Uncontested Claire Cornock steps up to deliver her speech for the position of Disability Officer. You might recognise her name, she was a key player in the organisation of York Come Dancing. Will she be tango-ing her way to (and through) YUSU towers?

She feels her position is very relevant to students. And that she wold like to improve disability awareness courses for students and staff. "I'm very committed to helping students," she says. Good stuff if you're planning to be a Union officer.


Madavo and Ball now...

They're both all for the faith, and the inclusion of all sexualities too. Ahhh Madavo, your voice could sing me to sleep...


Our first questions for the LGBT candidates.

1. LGBT have been holding events discussing faith - what are the benefits of these events and how will you continue them?
2. Will you include welfare provision for asexual individuals?
3. How do you intend to build on the work done last year by your predecessors?

Vince and Medley set up, answers clutched eagerly in hand. They're all for asexuality and for faith. "We can't do a better job than Ben and Sarah last year." Hmmm...a good way to start?

Elanin Vince and Peter Medley up next.

Inclusion, accessibility and experience, that their slogan. They hope to create an LGBT safe space to hold meetings, drop-in sessions and reach out to a greater number of students across campus.

"We want to put the T back into LGBT." Apparently the 'trans' part of the society is lacking behind, and these are your people to put them back on the map. And in the acronym, quite literally.


Next up we've got LGBT hopefuls, and this one's contested. First to the mic are Mandi Madavo and James Ball.

"We have the drive and commitment to make solid policies." A forceful start from Ball there. There's keen to emphasise co-operation with other societies, including the CU and the ISA, and hope to create a STI-gma week. STI-gma. As in STI-GMA. See what he did there? That was good.

"Now a contraversial policy." Ooohh. "Power in LGBT is held too close to the top. This is ridiculous." The pair hope to bring greater equality throughout the society.

Good speech by the pair. Especialy Madavo. What a beautiful voice.


And one more - who's your favourite feminist? Or chemist, as Ali thought.

The best thing they've done this year with women's committee? The love your body campaign. Dove would be proud.


First set of questions for our ladies -

1. Do you agree with the policy of letting blokes onto the committee?
2. How much do you value male input into the role?
3. To what extent should women's officer talk about male-based sexual equality issues?

"We only tend to get one man coming to Women's Committee, and that's Jason Rose." Wow. Dating advise for all men out there from Mr Rose.


Up first we've got Women's Officer hopeful Ellie Kuper-Thomas and Amal Ali. Both have a strong history of involvement in the Women's Committee already, and they hope to make Heslington East "aware of female safety issues" and make an "anti-unwanted attention issue." Now that's a mouthful.

"Why is feminism a dirty word?" A question indeed, and one our candidates would like to answer.


And we're off. Tom Scott opens the night with a reminder that open drinks containers must not be taken into the area. Mr Foy, what's that by your right hand I see? A pint? Never.


Welcome back to the second night of Hustings, with your dream team of Woolf, Turner and Bulley taking you through the night. And trust me, it's going to be a big one. Tonight we've got speeches from RAG president hopefuls, Welfare wonders and even our Presidential powers...

L/0/28 is gradually filling up with excited chatter, and the YSTV magicians are setting up their very expensive cameras. Very exciting stuff. Stay tuned for the electric-hot action.

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Oliver Lester Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Can't be there tonight guys! Have a good one though!


Oliver Lester Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Oh the first post about Tom Scott reminding people not to bring open drink containers into the lecture hall is getting me moist. I will try to rush back after the meal.


Mandi Madavo Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

You flatter me ;) Thanks, guys.


Dan Taylor Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

What do they think on 'trans-gender' toilets as have come up at the University of Manchester?


Richard Mitchell Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Punny is funny. :)


Anonymous Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Can Henry James Foy approach me for positions?


Watching from home... Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Assuming the Welfare Officer is still responsible for removing media articles which contravene students' welfare, would you remove stories about yourself or fellow sabbs?


Fan Club Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Could YSTV do Henry James Foy close ups please?


Matthew Pallas Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

"Pallas up first. He praises her academic work, but snubs the welfare side of her position- a veiled insult, perhaps? He misses the days of Fletcher-Hackwood, and thinks some of her policies need to be revisited, including "test-your-team"."

No no no no no!!!

It was not a snub aimed at Charlie. My point was that the period when the union was without an AcWelf Officer, and Anne-Marie was filling in, many of Grace's newer initiatives ended up falling by the wayside, which is entirely understandable. I think that Charlie has done a fantastic job on the welfare front, and this was only a minor criticism. Now that we're going to have a full time welfare officer, hopefully some of these things can be revived. :)


Fan Club Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Rhyme for us Henry...


Somebody Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

On the clique issue, people who claim they're going to break down a clique often just end up replacing them with a new one.


Rosamund Wood Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Question: what would you do to increase student awareness and involvement with YUSU?


Tom Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

To presidential candidates: do you dye your hair, and if no, why not..?


Daniel Carr Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Re: 22.21

Tom was not stating that getting the Ethical Investment Policy past Union Council is half the job, but rather getting it past University Council where it will be discussed this Friday.


Bryn French Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Enjoyed hustings very much tonight.
Especially the Presidential candidates.
Grant Bradley seems a lot better in real life than on paper.
Didn't like Tom Langrish's choice of socks though. Bright red, is this sublimal support for Kinchin, who seems to have claimed the colour red as her own?


Someone who is more interested in YUSU than he should be really... Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Some interesting stuff tonight.

Langrish was excellent in the Presidential bit, although I was impressed with Ngwena aswell. Bradley impressed me somewhat with his answers to the questions, he's clearly done a lot of research and has a sensible approach to most things - his lack of experience/notability might hold him back though. Bushby's attack on Scott was unneccessary and just a waste of part of his three minutes.

Welfare looks tight. I was far more impressed with Jennifer Coyle that I'd expected to be, her policies were very good, although the other two were very good in the questioning bit.

Hesselwood will make an excellent Student Action officer, and Zoe and Helen were amusing and clearly have the experience, although Iszi gave a really good account of herself.

Bring on the elections, and get voting people!


Jason Rose Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

"Word in from pundit and Bushby campaign leader Dan Taylor:

"Bushby's Ethical Investment policy will be basd upon realistic financial and research considerations, working for the benefit of the whole University." "

Bushby will do nothing of the sort. If he doesn't act in the way that the UGM mandates him to do so then he would be removed from office. That's constitutional - UGM overrules sabbatical opinion. Also, the Environment and Ethics Officer has a massive say in this and the university makes the final decision so, frankly, the President hasn't got anything to do on the issue but lobby the university to adopt one, which the President has to do.

That's not a gripe against Bushby. It's just a point and I'm sure that he would act as the constitution dictates he must, should he be elected.


A. Democrat Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Presidents would also be mandated to campaign for repairing langwith to alcuin bridge... should they be removed from office if they don't?


Jason Rose Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

I think you'll find that's not the case. The President would be mandated to:

a) lobby the University to repair or replace the Goodricke-Vanbrugh bridge as soon as possible.
b) lobby the University to improve the paths around campus as soon as possible.
c) lobby the University to improve the surface of the remaining bridges around campus.
d) lobby the University to regularly maintain the existing bridges on campus.

Those are quotes from the UGM that was passed. It doesn't say anything about Langwith-Alcuin bridge although it was covered by parts (c) and (d) at the time. We need a proper crossing point there though because I, for one, just think "screw it" and walk up that slope :P


Matthew Pallas Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

I really miss the Langwith-Alcuin bridge!

Think of how useful it would be for all those trips between the library and The Courtyard!


Jason Rose Posted on Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

I would like to reiterate my own idea on this, Matt: as long as there is no traffic, walking down the Alcuin slope and crossing the road to Langwith is perfectly acceptable...

I'm sure I'll get told off one day but despite having lectures over there fairly often I haven't been done for it yet!

Could do with a proper crossing and some stairs though. The grass is a bit slippery considering it's on a steep slope next to a busy road...


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