Demo 2012, Staff Contracts: no assembly mandate under minimum attendance rules. Kallum Taylor, YUSU President and the other sabbatical officers cannot not be held accountable for failure to act on many assembly motions that a majority of students present voted in favour of.
Freedom from YUSU or NUS regulations allows criticism - not just of old guard publications like Nouse, but also of the nature of universities within contemporary society. In recapturing the sensibilities in which established publications were founded on, independent media allows for new channels to voice opinion and dissent - an undisputable benefit for students.
News of the French intervention have inevitably brought up questions familiar to us: How long will French troops be stationed in Mali? Will Hollande's efforts rid the south of Islamist advance succeed? Most salient of all, will this be France's Afghanistan?
"They are only telling the student body what they think the student body wants to hear - they can talk the talk, but they can't walk the walk." (Thumbnail credit Chawla's position on the referendum defends the current role of YUSU Entertainment officer on campus)