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2018-2019 UMSU

ELECTION GUIDE 3-7 September


ELECTIONS

2018–2019 UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE STUDENT UNION ELECTIONS POLLING: 3–7 September 2018 TIMES AND LOCATIONS MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Union House

10:00–5:00

10:00–6:30

10:00–5:00

10:00–5:00

10:00–5:00

Baillieu Foyer

10:30–4:30

10:30–6:15

10:30–4:30

10:30–4:30

10:30–4:30

FBE

11:00–4:00

11:30–4:30

11:00–4:00

11:00–3:00

11:00–4:00

Stop 1

11:00–3:00

11:00–3:00

11:00–3:00

Southbank

11:00–3:00

11:00–3:00

11:00–3:00

11:00–2:00

12:00–3:00

Burnley Murrup Barak

11:30–2:30

11:30–2:30

A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS According to the Constitution of the University of Melbourne Student Union, Farrago is required to publish an election supplement containing the names of all candidates and their submitted speeches and photographs. These statements were submitted by candidates to the returning officer. Any candidate who missed the deadline will have no speech in this supplement. The word limit for candidate statements was 300 words for office bearer positions and 100 words for students’ council, committees and other positions. If a statement ends abruptly, it is because it was over the word limit and was cut in accordance with UMSU’s Electoral Regulations. Other than this, with the exception of text formatting, we have not edited any of the following speeches in any way, including spelling and grammar. UMSU and the media office are located in the city of Melbourne, on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their elders—past, present and emerging—and acknowledge that the land we are on was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.

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COVER ART BY REBECCA FOWLER


ELECTIONS

PRESIDENT NATASHA PRASAD NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

MOLLY WILLMOTT (STAND UP!)

CALLUM SIMPSON (MORE!) I’m running because I want to see a strong student union that builds a diverse community, supports every student, and effectively fights the university for student rights. Nearly four years of experience in union collectives and a variety of student clubs have shown me that these groups are the lifeblood of this university. Every small community on campus provides a home for students who need support and activity, and makes this university a vibrant community. Like myself, all of More!’s candidates come from clubs and collectives, are preselected by representatives of these groups, and understand how best to support and grow these special communities. We know that the strongest campaigns and organisations are built from the bottom-up where every voice is heard and every concern addressed. The University administration has left students to fend for themselves; cutting student services, casualising staff, and not supporting victims of sexual assault. These are just some examples of how the university fails to act according to the interests and values of the student body. The University continues to be a community of big ideas and creative endeavours which I adore, but the administration cares more for its prestige, its industry partnerships, and the bottom-line than the daily life of its students and staff. It is about time that someone called them out on their corporate mindset and brought them to account. We, as students, must act. This is the role of your student union, to fight with all our clout and means for your rights. With the right support and resources, supplied by your union, every single student can learn the key lessons about how to change the world, and work together to make this university a safe and supportive place for all its students.

ZHIYU ZHAO

Hi, I’m Molly and it would be an incredible privilege to be your next UMSU President. I’m running because we owe a lot to UMSU and I love this Union - it shapes the time of all students at university from O-Week to graduation. It’s everything from joining clubs and finding out whether your lecture is recorded, to more complicated things like accessing tertiary education in the first place. This Union’s voice needs to be staunch, progressive, and above all, nurturing – and that’s what I want a Stand Up! presidency to be. This year I had the honour of being one of your Women’s Officers. I’ve been incredibly lucky to create a more inclusive and activist department, and one that will always be close to my heart. My role in Women’s has prepared me to take on the role of President, as it has allowed me to gain skills in many diverse areas. By helping lead the campaign against sexual violence, I’ve learnt how to talk to university management, how to create networks of allies outside of the Union, all the while remaining loyal to UMSU’s activist roots. UMSU has run many influential campaigns, but it also needs to change. We need to come up with fresh strategies of how to engage students at every campus, improve the accessibility of the organisation, and ensure the safety of students at our events. We need to finally, ensure that universities take action on sexual violence, continue to fix student services to improve the accessibility of education, and finalise the plans for the student precinct. Above all, we need to give UMSU and students a fair go. If you want a union that’s more progressive, and one that always fights for your rights as students, vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

GENERAL SECRETARY NATASHA PRASAD NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

MATTHEW CARLEI NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

CHRISTOPHER KOUNELIS NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

XAVIER BOFFA NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

REECE MOIR (STAND UP!) Hey! My name is Reece Moir and I would be honoured to serve you and UMSU as General Secretary in 2019. I am thrilled to

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ELECTIONS have participated in clubs and activities that are empowered through the administration of the Student Services and Amenities Fees. I’ve been an active member of both the Melbourne University Debating Society and the famous M-ASS. My involvement in the Debating Society means I’ve co-convened tournaments that cater to students at a state and national level, providing both opportunities for practice and development. Off-campus, I provide support for students in Victoria, and work with a team to facilitate programs that assist outgoing students in the development of their global competence. It has allowed me to collaborate with international directors in a program development capacity, and with the state government in facilitating orientations for publicly funded youth programs also. Governance is important to ensure that all campaigns, programs and events run effectively. If elected, I will fight to ensure that restorative policy and regulation reforms are ratified and effectively corrected in the constitution to protect our student body. I will encourage committees to align themselves and their budgets with the improvement of student wellbeing on campus in mind. Transparency is a key component of this role, and my goal is to provide clear and easily accessible information to students, so the barriers to involvement in UMSU are dismantled through a greater understanding of how you can participate in our decisionmaking processes. I would be responsible for tracking and maintaining budgets, sustaining the efficiency of UMSU committees, and upholding the Constitution in all instances of university life. This is important for creating open spaces for discussion of policy, and issues on campus that are integral to improving and protecting your well-being. Vote [1] for Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

ZHIYU ZHAO NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

EMILY WHITE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Emily, a second year arts student majoring in creative writing and Italian. I’ve been an activist on campus for a couple of years now, and I’m running for Secretary of UMSU with Melbourne Socialists because I want to fight for a union that stands up for students and champions social justice. Life for students can be tough. We haven’t had an increase in welfare since the 90s, most of us have to work while studying in order to survive. The Liberals are constantly making it harder by attacking education funding and accessibility. Melbourne Socialists activists have been at the forefront of the campaign for education, organising protests on and off campus. Next year we want to continue, by fighting to extend the free tram zone to Melbourne Uni, securing free textbooks for students, and a return to faculty-based support, so students are stuck for hours at Stop One waiting for help. Recently, I’ve been involved in Books not Bombs, a national campaign to force universities to cut investment ties with arms companies. People attend university to make the world a better place, not to have their research and fees used to aid weapons developers. But our university has financial ties with Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems, two of the largest in the world, and is building a multi-million dollar weapons research facility right on our campus. We will fight until the administration severs all ties. Whether it’s defending education rights, standing up to the far right on and off campus, or taking on the rotten corporations like Lockheed that use us and our campus to make a buck, Melbourne Socialists are a group of dedicated, activists who work year-round to make a difference. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for General Secretary - we make a difference

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ELINOR MILLS (MORE!) Hey, I’m Elinor and I would be delighted to be your General Secretary for 2019. I’ve been floating around this university and UMSU since 2014. Throughout my time here, I’ve stage managed student theatre, written for Farrago, been on the operations team for VCE Summer School, volunteered for the Peer Support Program, been actively involved in clubs, sat on misconduct panels, and worked for a campus cafe; I’m also a current UMSU office bearer. In short, I’m an overly-involved nerd with a deep passion for the important work UMSU does. As your General Secretary, I’d help UMSU harness the power of data to make sure we’re truly accessing and supporting all students, backed by a strong regulatory framework to protect student privacy. I’d put accessibility and transparency at the forefront, creating plain language versions of policy and regulations and pushing for more UMSU data to be available to students. I’d promote financial literacy amongst office bearers and Students’ Councillors, reform affirmative action to respect gender diversity, and make sure the important work UMSU volunteers do is supported by consistent policy. UMSU needs to make sure we utilise the knowledge of every student involved on every level, and empower students to take charge of their own little corner of the union - I’d look for every way to give students the tools to make UMSU their own. Fundamentally, I want to make it easier for every student to find their UMSU niche. Whether it’s activism, clubs, community, media, theatre, volunteering, or simply scouting out free food, there’s a place in UMSU for everyone. I want an accessible and united UMSU, backed by piles of data and foregrounding transparency, accountability, and comprehensive policy, and I’m running for General Secretary with More! because with your vote, I believe I can make this happen!

ACTIVITIES OFFICER

LIAM O’BRIEN & OLIVIA PANJKOV (MORE!) Hi, It’s Liam and Liv, and we want to be your Activities Officers for 2019. We’ve been involved in the Activities Collective for years, and we’re really excited to run for office. We believe that the Activities department is for creating a large social sphere for students to meet new people and have fun, memorable experiences.

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ELECTIONS We believe university is a time for making friends, expanding your network, and trying new things, and Activities should bring you that. Our priority is making events safe and enjoyable. If you want to have fun and meet people, there’s a place for you in Activities. The UMSU Summerfest Sleepover has been a great event over the past few years for introducing students to the different departments in the student union. We want to increase the department awareness aspect of the event, and help clubs engage with new students. We would love to provide lots of attractions at the larger events like St Paddys Day and Oktoberfest, and maximise the social aspect of our start of semester events. We also strongly believe that everyone deserves to feel safe and included at every one of our events, we guarantee to push for the safety of all members of our Activities community. Being that typical electrical engineering nerd, Liv wants bring laser tag to the student union next year. Whereas Liam has an unhealthy obsession with presenting the students of Unimelb with the best music Australia has to offer. We’ve been involved in various clubs over the years, and we have both been on the executive committee of the Engineering Students Club. We are experts at running both small and large scale events. Let us use our creativity and hard work to bring you good times and memories. Vote [1] More! to get More from Activities.

Committee this year while Jordan has been Activities Office Bearer so we like to think we have a reasonably good insight into the inner workings of UMSU. As Clubs OB’s we would like to continue the amazing work done this year with welfare and increasing accessibility, specifically with languages, and ensuring easy access to information, especially through the continued development of the Clubs Wiki. We would like to work on improving Clubs Online to make it a more streamlined process as well as reviewing the clubs alcohol policy to ensure the process for running events is as simple as possible. Most importantly, we aim to make sure the office is an inviting and collaborative space for clubs to come and speak to us- we are here to help!

YASH NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

HOLLY ALEXANDER NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

CREATIVE ARTS OFFICER

HOLLY ALEXANDER NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

YASH NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

YUJING XIE NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

ADNAN ALI KHAN

ELLIE HAMILL & LUCY HOLZ (MORE!)

NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

BURNLEY CAMPUS COORDINATOR JAMES BARCLAY PROVISIONALLY ELECTED UNOPPOSED

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES OFFICER YUJING XIE NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

CHRISTOPHER MELENHORST & JORDAN TOCHNER (MORE!) Sup, we’re Chris and Jordan, and we’re running for the Clubs and Societies Office. We both have way too much Clubs experience, between the two of us having been on 9 camps and serving on 9 committees. Chris has been Vice President, Secretary and General of MANY clubs while Jordan has been General, BBQ and Events. Chris has also been on Clubs

Ellie and Lucy would love to facilitate the vibrant Creative Arts Department and produce a funky, fresh, diverse Mudfest in 2019. Ellie and Lucy are passionate about allowing students to create art at a professional standard. They believe that the Creative Arts should give a voice to people and experiences that are often silenced and feel excluded from traditional ways of art making. They wish to nurture all artforms and encourage original student-run initiatives. They aim to diversify involvement in the arts and encourage an environment of inclusion and opportunity. Ellie and Lucy wish to encourage happy, healthy art making processes to create positive learning experiences that allow students to be enriched by the arts. They advocate for a platform where students can express themselves, upskill, try something new, have fun and immerse themselves in the Creative Arts. Lucy is an actor and writer, and has experience working across many artistic mediums. She is studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Creative Writing and English and Theatre Studies. Lucy is acting treasurer of the Melbourne University Shakespeare Company, and has worked with Four Letter Word Theatre, Union House Theatre and Ringtail Theatre. Working at fortyfivedownstairs and Marriner Group, and reviewing student works for The Dialog, she crams as much performance into her life as she can. She hopes to give opportunities and support for to students pursue artistic projects. Ellie is a theatre maker, aspiring arts manager and an art lover. Ellie has been involved with Perth International Arts Festival, Queen’s College Music and Drama Society, Intercollegiate Arts Council, Four Letter Word Theatre, UMMTA and StageArt. Ellie sits on the Union House Theatre Awards Committee and the Theatreboard, and works at Arts Centre

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ELECTIONS Melbourne. Ellie would love to advocate for student art and facilitate positive, soul-enriching, learning experiences for students.

JAN MARUSKA NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

DISABILITIES OFFICER

defend attacks from faculties and lobby for support for ongoing health conditions, thereby advocating for empathetic and respectful treatment of students. Furthermore, we’ll campaign for more financial transparency from the Uni and fight cuts to funding of education services. We’ll continue and further the work of our Stand Up! predecessors. We’ll continue reaching out to our satellite campuses, continue the fight against highly weighted assessments, continue to crack down on unrecorded lectures, and continue to oppose CADMUS. Unions must be active. They must advocate for ALL students. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

JOCELYN DEANE & LUCY BIRCH (MORE!) PROVISIONALLY ELECTED UNOPPOSED

EDUCATION (ACADEMIC AFFAIRS) OFFICER

ELIZABETH TEMBO & RU BEE CHUNG (STAND UP!)

Hi! We’re Elizabeth, second year Bachelor of Science, and Ru Bee, second year Bachelor of Commerce. We believe in equal access and representation of all students, across all courses and all life experiences. As Education Academic Officers, we will dedicate ourselves to interdepartmental collaboration to deliver this. We will collaborate with the Disabilities Department to ensure that the University trains staff properly, and provides resources for different needs. We will work with the Indigenous Department so that Indigenous students control their own studies and programs and are treated with genuine respect and autonomy. We will work with the People of Colour Department to ensure the successful implementation and improvement of the Refugee Scholarship achieved in 2018. Student life is changing, and we’ll ensure that the university experience will change with it. It’s shameful that our University is ranked “#1” in its branding, but 30th for undergraduate education experience (out of 42 Universities!) We’ll continue the work of current Stand Up! office bearers to campaign for a ground-up remodel of Stop1. We’ll lobby the University to train specialised staff to deliver targeted course and career advice for post-grads and undergrads. We will also fight to defend and improve Special Consideration. We will fight to simplify the application system,

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BROCK MANSON & JESSICA CHEN (MORE!) Hey There, we’re Jessica and Brock. You may have seen Brock serving up sausages and holding educational events with M-ASS or running study sessions with the PASS program. Jess may be spotted at various college events, mentoring new students or organising Ted Talk conferences. Since starting university, we’ve watched the quality and accessibility of academic opportunities decline. We think it’s disgraceful that our university was ranked second-lowest in Australia for student support this year. It’s also appalling that the university has implemented policies that negatively impact your education. Students deserve better. We’re running as Education Academic Officers to fight for your fundamental student rights. We’ll ensure that all university policies and actions are driven by your best interests. To allow us to advocate most effectively for you, we’ll hold regular forums to hear your concerns, and take these straight to the administration. We’re both from clubs and colleges, so we’ll harness their knowledge about your issues through maintaining an ongoing relationship with them. We’ll also strive to amplify the voices of international students, people of colour, queer individuals and all other marginalised groups. This way, we will hold the administration to account, ensuring it respects students’ diverse interests. We’re frustrated that lectures still aren’t recorded in some faculties, that there are no twenty-four-hour study spaces, tutors aren’t given adequate training and that feedback isn’t given to all exams. We will pressure the university to rectify this and provide flexible study options because everyone has an equal right to education. We’re also angry that there isn’t a greater breadth of study opportunities. In response, we’ll advocate for double majors and minors for all degrees, minors to be recognised on academic transcripts and the opportunity to take all languages as breadth.

AMBROSE BERLIN NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

ZHIYU ZHAO NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

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EDUCATION (PUBLIC AFFAIRS) OFFICER ZHIYU ZHAO NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

GUY COWARD & MADELEINE JOHNSON (MORE!) Hello! We’re Madeleine and Guy. We’d love to be your Education (Public) Office Bearers! We’re super keen to hear your every minor whinge and major grievance about uni, and take them straight to the university to convince them to act on it. We’re committed to building a diverse, inclusive and strong student body. We want to use the collective power of the student community to force the University to take our perspectives into consideration. We’ll help you build stronger communities on campus so you can get the most out of your education, which we’ll do by building engagement through roaming stalls, running collectives, forums & social events regularly across semester, and making sure everyone is welcome to attend and share their thoughts. This will allow us to achieve the things that you want, like improved professional development opportunities (careers support and internships), more training for tutors, better timetable options, more support from the uni for students in financial need, and more initiatives to address underrepresentation of certain demographics in higher education. Our experiences at UniMelb have prepared us for the responsibility of representing students. Madeleine knows heaps about education and running student organisations, having worked as director of a volunteer tutoring program for disadvantaged secondary students (VCESS), and secretary of Maths & Stats Society. Guy is super experienced in achieving change by lobbying the uni, having been involved with student campaigns (Lockout Lockheed, Fossil Free Melbourne Uni (FFMU), anti-CADMUS) and the UMSU Creative Arts committee. We need our University to stand with us fighting government policy that encourages corporatised education. The only way to achieve this is through an energised, mobilised, organised student body urging them on.

Hey guys! We’re Cam and Charli, and we’re keen to become your Education Public office bearers for 2019. Look - we’ve all been to the Co-op, last week’s pay in hand, and been left high and dry by the insane prices for a compulsory textbook. Everyone’s been on a tram, one stop away and 5 minutes late for that 9 am class, only to have a chummy PTV Mate appear with a fresh $242 morning fine. We’ve all got that friend who works two jobs, lives in Geelong and relies on lecture recordings to scrape the hurdle mark. We’ve all been through it – now it’s time to change it. UMSU Education has a real chance to shake up the system, and make it fairer for all. If elected, we’re going to be out loud and proud on the lawns of UniMelb with social events, film screenings, free public lectures and much much more. We all strive for those sweet passes, but while staff want to give us an A+ education, we’re frustrated because classes are getting bigger, we’re getting less support and we don’t get enough feedback. All we want is to pull an all-nighter to finish the assessment – but the uni’s introducing this cooked program called Cadmus which spies on you while you type your take-homes. We’re not having that! We’ll back up staff to win smaller classes, more student support, and better feedback. We’ll fight the Co-op to win affordable textbooks that are ready in-store for the start of sem. We’ll make sure ALL students have recorded lectures. We’ll pressure the state government to extend the free tram zone to Melbourne Uni. And we’ll stop the uni peering over our shoulder by getting Cadmus off campus. Together - we’ll make change. So Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

MELINDA SUTER & NICK REICH (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, we’re Mindi and Nick both doing arts degrees. We’ve been activists on campus for many years now and have seen successive governments and the university administration attack higher education. When we were new students on campus we were involved in the campaign to push back against the Liberal government’s plan to cut billions of dollars from higher education. We organised demonstrations on campus and in the city, alongside activists from the National Union of Students, and we managed to force back the attacks. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to keep the Liberals at bay and they’ve managed to sneak through attacks and are pushing for us to pay our HECS debts back when we’re earning less. We are sick of the government constantly attacking students. We want to organise students so we can win access to free higher education. Of course it isn’t just the government attacking students but our own administration. The uni admin has continued to cut classes, cancel tutorials and force students into large seminars with less face to face teaching time. Not to mention the big brother style program CADMUS which will literally track us we type and give our biometric data to tutors. Students aren’t criminals to be tracked and surveilled. We need to put up a strong resistance to our neoliberal, austere

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ELECTIONS administration. We think student unions need to be institutions that stand and fight for the rights of students, especially the right to access quality higher education. As the Education Officers we hope to ensure that our student union is a fighting body that pushes back against all attacks against students. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Education Officer (Public Affairs) - we make a difference

ADNAN ALI KHAN NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

BENEDICT KUSAY NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

ENVIRONMENT OFFICER

WILL ROSS & AIA NEWPORT (MORE!) Hey, we’re Aia and Will and we’ve spent the last three years campaigning on environmental protection, climate justice, divestment and demilitarisation. Volunteering with the Stop Adani and Lockout Lockheed campaigns has taught us the value of collective action, and we want to be your voice for a continuing grassroots community in the collective. Aia is a sociology student deeply passionate about viewing environmental issues through a sociological lens. They have spent the last year campaigning on the logging of Victorian forests and the proposed Adani Carmichael mine, bringing an enthusiastic ‘can-do’ attitude to everything they do. A politics student with a keen interest in anti-capitalist and anti-colonial theory, Will believes in putting words into action and has been campaigning with Lockout Lockheed for two years. We both believe in grassroots collective action, and the importance of practising this through consensus decision making and collective care. We also know that the roots of climate change lie in runaway capitalism, extractivism and colonialism, and thus we take a stand against these broken systems. Our vision is for our collective to be in touch with its roots and grow beyond them. Next year we plan on fighting for the university to end its relationships with dodgy weapons manufacturers, and holding the uni to account on its sustainability plan and carbon neutral promises. We will invest resources into training and upskilling activists, running workshops on everything from dumpster diving to non-violent direct action. We will hold larger events and forums with guest speakers that embrace the wider student community. We will reach beyond the green bubble and develop lasting connections with students who have stakes in our collective future. We are the grassroots, anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist activists that care about the environment, and for you.

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ANNEKE DEMANUELE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS!) Hi, I’m Anneke. I’m an arts student studying history and social theory, and I’ve been an activist since I started at university. I’m running for environment officer because I want to ensure our student union is doing everything possible to push back against the horrific state our world is in. Everywhere you look across Australia you can see environmental destruction. The Adani coal mine, a mega mine in Queensland which will add to the irreversible climate destruction and sits on indigenous land, threatening cultural sites, is now nearly fully financed. The barrier reef continues to be bleached and logging continues at an alarming pace. Across the globe, from California to Athens, extreme weather events are claiming lives and land and are becoming the norm. I’ve been involved in the campaign to stop the Adani coal mine. I’ve organised demonstrations and actions, such as a protest out the front of AECOM headquarters, a company that was going to help construct the Adani coal mine, and one that operates on our campus. I’ve also been involved in the campaign to push arms manufacturers off of campus. Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms manufacturer has a $13 million dollar contract with our university. They’re going to build a research facility that will be developing weapons to be used in war. And it’s not just Lockheed, but BAE; the third largest arms manufacturer, the US department of defence and more. With the National Union of Students campaign ‘Books not Bombs’, and alongside students involved in a campaign called ‘Disarm Unis’, I’ve been organising to force the university to break all ties with arms companies. Not only do they add massive amounts of pollution into the environment, I cannot morally study at a university which aids and profits off of war.

INDIGENOUS OFFICER HOPE KUCHEL NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

SERENA RAE THOMPSON & ALEXANDRA HOHOI (THE BIGGEST BLACKEST TICKET) NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

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MEDIA OFFICER

TERENCE TAYLOR (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS!) KATHERINE DOHERTY, STEPHANIE ZHANG, CAROLYN HUANE & RUBY PERRYMAN (INDEPENDENT MEDIA) PROVISIONALLY ELECTED UNOPPOSED

PEOPLE OF COLOUR OFFICER

FARAH KHAIRAT & MARK YIN (MORE!) Hi! We’re Mark and Farah and we’re running with More! to be your People of Colour Officers. More! has held the PoC office since it was created, and we can be trusted to keep the department on track. Mark is an Economics major also studying a diploma in music, and Farah is an English and Politics major with a diploma in Arabic Studies. Farah has given an anti-racism workshop unpacking racism in feminism, as well as engaged in dialogue with the Arts faculty about cultural sensitivity training. She has also served as a PoC committee member this year. Mark gave an anti-racism workshop on activism in literature, and is also passionate about greater engagement of PoC in media. Having both been involved with the department extensively, we value the PoC community on our campus very highly. We believe the most important thing the PoC Department can do is to provide an inclusive space for students of colour from varying backgrounds; a space where they feel comfortable, like they belong, and most importantly, safe. We want this to be provided through a balance which encompasses welfare, social, creative, and academic services. This includes social collectives, which we want to continue to be accessible and regular. We will also actively fight against the different forms of racism on campus. Whether this be in the form of microaggressions or explicit racism, any form of discrimination is unfair and uncomfortable. We aim to empower PoC students to speak out against discrimination in all its forms, and push for the changes they want to see at our University. Ultimately, we aim to bring PoC students closer to one another, and to make sure that our voices are heard. We will fight with you.

Hi, I’m Terence! I’m an Arts student and an activist on campus. this year I’ve been busy campaigning against racism and for refugee rights. I believe that the student union should be an activist body that fights against racism no matter where it appears. Earlier this year neo-nazis tried to spread their racist views outside the Baillieu library, publicly proclaiming the holocaust never happened. In response, I helped to put together a public speak out against their racist views on campus. The message was clear: racism will not go unopposed at Melbourne University. I will help to organise students to fight back against it whenever it arises on campus. I have also been involved in many anti-racist protests this year including a protest against racist, white nationalists Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux when they toured Melbourne as well as protesting against Channel 7’s racist reporting of Sudanese youth in Melbourne. The family separations along the U.S./Mexico border reflects the global rise of racist border enforcement. Trump’s racist scapegoating attempts to justify his inhumane border policies. Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton do the same. The Australian government is a world leader in killing and torturing refugees. Twelve asylum seekers have died on Manus and Nauru since 2014. That’s why I have campaigned to protest the Australian government’s cruel, racist policies. I helped to build a protest against the offshore torture camps on the fifth year anniversary of their re-opening by the Labor Government. UMSU needs to be brave enough to take the fight to Government policy and the far right if we’re going to beat back racism in our society and on campus. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for People of Colour Officer we make a difference.

QUEER OFFICER JAN MARUSKA NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

ANDIE MOORE & WILL PARKER (MORE!)

Hi, we’re Andie and Will and we’d love to be your Queer Officers! Andie is a genderqueer third year Arts student. They coordinate the Queer Political Action Collective and both

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ELECTIONS wrote in and sub-edited for CAMP Magazine. Will is a gendernonconforming butch lesbian who’s been an active part of Unimelb’s Queer Space since 2015. They’re an Arts student in their fourth year of study and have written in CAMP Magazine and facilitated collectives. Throughout our time at Unimelb, we’ve both made amazing friends through the Queer Space. Now we want to give back to a community that we deeply care about and that has done so much for us! We want to ensure successful running of the wonderful events, collectives and initiatives that the Queer Department is known for, including queer lunches, CAMP Magazine and the yearly ball! It’s also important to us to facilitate the development of a safe, welcoming, accessible and diverse LGBTQ+ community, where students are supported and accepted and where homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, racism and transmisogyny are condemned. Student support is a major priority of ours, particularly as LGBTQ+ students experience higher rates of mental and physical health issues. We believe the department should serve the needs and interests of the community, and want to actively engage with students in order to ensure that this is a reality. We also want to cooperate with other departments and open opportunities for more collaborative events for students. We aim to give interested LGBTQ+ students opportunities to engage in activism around issues affecting our community, such as homelessness and healthcare access. We want to create an environment where students can feel comfortable getting involved to whatever extent they like. We’re really looking forward to meeting—and hopefully representing—you!

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HILARY EKINS (MORE!) Hi! I am Lily Ekins, a third year Bachelor of Music student and the current temporary VCA Campus Coordinator, elected by the VCA Student Association Committee in June. I am running to keep this position so that I can follow through on my plans to improve student life at Southbank Campus. Currently, students studying at Southbank lack many of the services and activities that are available on the main campus in Parkville. Since my election I have been in discussion with the UMSU departments and the University, planning how to make UMSU more present on our campus. This begins with reviewing our welfare services, such as the Counseling and Psychological Services, which need to be more available and tailored to the specific needs of creative arts students. I have been an active member of several clubs since beginning my studies and learned a great deal about leadership and the logistics of running a student group from my time as secretary of both the Music Students Society and the Engineering Music Society, and from being on the Clubs and Societies committee. I hope that I can work with the Southbank Department to build a community of student

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engagement, support and inclusion so that incoming and existing students may experience university life at its best. Should I be elected, I will organise an orientation camp for Fine Arts and Music students, followed by a Summerfest packed with activities. I will continue to provide a free lunch at least once per week during semester, continue the weekly free yoga classes, and continue to provide grants for students’ creative projects. I will also lobby for the allocation for a queer space and a women’s space, and I promise to consult with the autonomous departments on issues of diversity and inclusion. Thank you!

SHONTELLE FISHER (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Shonty! I’m a screenwriting student at the VCA, and I’m running for Campus Coordinator with Melbourne Socialists. Whilst at the VCA I have been involved in numerous collaborative projects and events. I believe the rich diversity of disciplines and practices is what makes the VCA experience unique. However, too often the various schools are kept isolated when we could all benefit from a more integrated campus life. I want to use the Campus Coordinator position to organise a wider variety of events. UMSU has an unfortunate history of neglecting the VCA in favour of Parkville, with a disproportionate amount of funding and events going to the Parkville campus. I want to fight for our campus and make sure we get the representation, funding, and events that we deserve. I’m also a left-wing activist, and I want to bring activism into the Student Association. For most of my student life I have been involved with activism around refugee rights, marriage equality, anti-racism and against cuts to higher education. I believe that as artists and future practitioners we have a responsibility to engage with and respond to our political reality. One such campaign I am helping to organise is Disarm Melbourne University. Through research led by student activists, we have found numerous ties between the University and some of the world’s top arms manufacturers. This comes at a time when the government has slashed $2.2 billion of funding for higher education, meanwhile committing $200 billion for defence industries. There is a rich history of student activists challenging University support for militarism and war. We hope to revive that history. We need a defiant student union that is willing to fight for students’ rights and interests. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for VCA campus coordinator - we make a difference.

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NONI BRIDGER & DOMINIC (DOMMY) ROQUE ILAGAN (STAND UP!)

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ELECTIONS Hi! We’re Noni and Dommy and we’re running to be your Welfare Office-bearers for 2019! In our three years at Uni, we’ve both been very involved in UMSU: from clubs to various collectives; from Department Committees to Students’ Council; from campaigns on campus to campaigns beyond. Being Welfare volunteering supervisors this year, as well as passionate advocates for student wellbeing generally, UMSU Welfare has a very special place in our hearts. Its main goal should be to make campus life as inclusive, enjoyable and accessible for all students, by covering essential non-academic support and advocacy, because our circumstances as students have a greater impact on our study than any kind of natural talent or ability, and despite varying circumstances, we should all still feel that we belong, we are safe, and we are valid at Uni. Building on the success of the Community Involvement Program which started this year, we’d like to expand its scope. The CIP volunteers make Welfare’s service provision possible, from daily breakfasts to food packs, to wellness classes; more resources into this program means more benefit for students. We’d like to broaden the CIP’s reach, not only to other UMSU departments, but also to community groups like the LortSmith Animal Hospital (PUPPIES??) and the Young Workers Centre. We plan to run campaigns on student housing—increasing awareness of renters’ rights, and also calling on the university and other groups to provide more beds for students at lowcost—on Centrelink, on International Students’ protections, and continue building on the 2018 officers’ campaign on workers’ rights. We’ll also keep leading the UMSU fight for better funding of Counselling and Psychological Services, and for better policies surrounding Student Equity and Disability in the special considerations space. So fight for student welfare with us! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

ASHWIN CHHAPERIA & NATASHA GUGLIELMINO (MORE!) Hi there! We are Natasha and Ashwin and we would love to be your Welfare Officers for 2019! Natasha is studying Environments (Geography) and Ashwin is studying Science (Microbiology and Immunology). We are actively involved in student life. Tash is on the committee of Youth Charity Society and the Genetics Society, and Ashwin’s been a student liaison in the Science faculty. We’ve both volunteered extensively for UMSU through Mentoring and Host Program, and are passionate and dedicated Welfare Department volunteers. Ashwin is a supervisor for the Department’s Community Involvement Program and Tash can often be seen flipping pancakes during Welfare breakfast. Through our extensive experience, we’ve seen first-hand the variety of issues that affect students the most. Whether it’s living away from home, managing academic requirements or juggling social life and financial challenges, we want to help you thrive at university. We are committed to helping you be your best at university by addressing issues like physical and mental health, work

rights, access to special consideration and the right to feel safe on and around campus. Here are some things we would like to implement as your Office Bearers: • Improving on the Welfare Department’s services like daily breakfasts, Food Bank, yoga and Zumba classes. • Frequent Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Advocacy info sessions to help students deal with mental health issues, Special Consideration and Unsatisfactory Progress. • Work with the autonomous departments to advocate for a more inclusive campus. This includes lobbying the university for better facilities for students who are on campus at night. • Advocate for and educate students on their rights in the workplace and in accommodation. For an open and inclusive Welfare Department that will support students of all backgrounds, vote [1] for More!

WOMEN’S OFFICER

DILPREET KAUR & ROSE-MONET WILSON SCOTT (MORE!) We’re Rose and Dilpreet and it would be our honour to represent women students, fight for their voices and empower the Women’s department. Under the More! Ticket, we strive for a campus where all women and non-binary people are included in every conversation. Dilpreet is a Woman of Color who has worked in women’s empowerment programs in India, providing psychological and judicial help to young women survivors. She is the subeditor for the Women’s Department’s magazine, Judy’s Punch. Rose has previously acted as Social Executive and Women’s Officer at college, and is clubs-focused, with experience in reforming policy to increase the safety and accessibility of events and societies for all women. From not being allowed to study at the University until 1879, to having our own autonomous department and magazine in 2018, women’s rights have come a long way. However, Melbourne University continuously fails to meet the nationally-recognised recommendations regarding abuse. With our unique positioning as both clubs-backed and students-rights focused, our campaign focuses on university accountability, meaningful action and adequate resourcing. Women should have the option to participate in campus life however they choose – whether its protesting with us, or just feeling safe going to events. Our policy platform aims for the implementation of sexual assault policies which are survivor-supportive rather than the current push by University and College policies for stricter alcohol regulations. We also strive to give more platforms to WoC, Indigenous, International, and Queer women and women with disabilities, by launching an online journal for the Department. We shouldn’t have to wait for an annual magazine to have our voices heard. In this, we promote an intersectional framework between autonomous departments. Our platform also identifies a gap in current department

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CRISELDA (ARIA) SUNGA & HANNAH BUCHAN (STAND UP!) Hey! We’re Hannah and Aria, and we’d be honoured to be your 2019 Women’s Officers. We’ve been involved in the Women’s Department since the beginning of our time at uni, and have since been active in Collectives, Women’s Committee and Students’ Council. This year, we have seen the Safety on Campus Campaign pick up a lot of momentum, and our main focus as Women’s Officers will be to force the university to take a serious stand against sexual assault and harassment on campus. Every student deserves to feel safe and supported while completing their education. This involves creating more awareness of the issue, increasing availability of support services, and improving student engagement with UMSU, in particular on these issues. We want to establish an UMSU based sexual assault advocacy director so that survivors can comfortably and confidentially seek the support they deserve throughout the disclosure and reporting process. Within the department we think it’s necessary to engage more students. We want to share all the amazing things that the Women’s Department can do with all students! We will do this by expanding the Women’s Mentoring Network and the Women’s Action Collective, ensuring that activism is at the forefront of the Women’s Department. We will hold engaging weekly collectives including the Transfemme and Women of Colour collectives. Our goal is for our department to always be accessible and intersectional. UMSU has a huge ability to enact change for all women and non-binary students, including students at residential colleges. The culture of apathy towards issues that women face at this university cannot continue, and there has never been a more important time to propel change forward. For a Women’s Department with a key focus on the security and support of all women and non-binary students, vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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VCA ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

As a Campaigns co-ordinator and a member of the VCASA, I would believe in striving towards working towards a fantastic social, cultural and environmental climate amongst VCA, to create a pro-active, positive and healthy environment for staff and students alike. A main focus of mine would be to investigate and explore the pathways of improvement in areas such as our environmental footprint, student wellbeing and the social interaction opportunities between courses. I see this as an opportunity to build a greater foundation and close-knit relationship within VCASA, that will reflect and build stronger ties between the student association and students.

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ARI SANDLER (STAND UP!) It is an incredible honour to run as graduate students’ representative on Students Council. If elected, I hope to use my platform to advocate for all students, promote transparency, and ensure sustainable use of student funds. As a socialist and an advocate of workplace rights, I will represent all exploited members of our university community, and fight against unfair policies that put profit ahead of student welfare. I will seek to see the policies of Stand Up! enacted for the betterment of all students, staff, and others during my tenure on Students Council. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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NICOLA EENINK (STAND UP!) Well hello there! I’m queer, and I’m HERE to represent you on Student’s council! My name’s Nikki and I’m a first year Arts student at UniMelb. This is a city with a culture of celebrating differences, and our University council should be as diverse as the students it represents. It is overwhelmingly important to me that all people feel they are accepted and heard in our university and wider community. UMSU is a vitally important avenue for pushing for inclusive and progressive policy and I want to ensure ALL voices are heard this year! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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CECILIA WIDJOJO (STAND UP!) Hi! I am Cecilia and it has been an honour to run for this position. Being an international student myself, I am familiar with the challenges we face while studying in this university and the importance of making sure that whenever significant decisions are made within UMSU, our voice should be considered and our position must not be disadvantaged. I have been involved in UMSU as a Welfare officer, UMSU Intl and various cultural clubs. Thus I can bring these experiences to the table when it comes to international student advocacy and representation. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

BARRY ZHANG (MORE!) International students is a very big part of the unimelb community. Each one of us has very different backgrounds. Each one of us has very unique and valuable perspective. We potentially have a lot of offer for the community. However this potential is not fully realised, either because international students are not encouraged enough to do so, or because there aren’t any suitable platforms for them. I want to be a part of the student council to make sure such potential is fully realised!

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LALATUAI (noun) [1.] a sovereign Tolai and Kuku Yalanji woman who lives to EMPOWER [2.] a member of University College in an (open & queer) relationship with Sociology & Australian Indigenous Studies [4.] often seen: a) prioritising mental health, wellbeing and happiness b) (re)centring of First Nations knowledges into structures, society and space for healing, growth and connection for all students c) advocating for More! avenues of support (e.g. mental health and legal for sexual assault) d) creating and growing UniMelb as a safe space e) breaking the college bubble to facilitate connection [5.] experienced af see/DM [6] for more/ over word length

ASHLEY WONG SU YEAN (STAND UP!) Hi, my name is Ashley and I’d love to be the next POC representative on Students’ Council. Students Council’s importance and influence is paramount in the student union and for the representation of all students at this university campus. Given this platform, if I am elected I will work to ensure that UMSU is a representative organisation that has good governance, but also stands for all students- whether they be students of colour, domestic or international students, or students who face various other experiences in life. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself

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AMELIA REEVES (MORE!)

JACINTA DOWE (MORE!)

Hey team, my name is Milly and I’m your local queer babe going for Queer Rep on Council! As a neurodivergent queer, I believe that I have the ability to really make students council think about the responsibility they have for minority and vulnerable students. As current UMSU Queer Officer, I’ve already had the pleasure of representing my community, and being able to extend that further and push for the inclusion of all is incredibly important to me. As Queer Rep, I want our voices to be heard, and all decisions made by student’s council to be accessible and representative.

My name is Jacinta Dowe, and I am running for Students Council Disability Representative. I have been involved in the Disabilities Department for the past two years, first as a committee member, and then as an Office Bearer. I have worked with the university and external organisations during this time to ensure that disabled students have access to a high standard of support. I want to continue this work on Student’s Council so that the decisions made will be positive ones for disabled students, whose needs are often very complex and often not well-understood or known about.

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ELECTIONS DANA RILEY (STAND UP!)

NICK REICH (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS)

Hello! I’m Dana and I’m the current Disabilities Representative. Many different disabilities affect students at Melbourne University and I think it is important that the voices of these students be represented on council. For the past three years I’ve struggled through my degree and know firsthand how inaccessible university can be when suffering from an invisible disability. I’ve experienced the difficulty of trying to access on-campus support and getting special consideration when required. If elected, I hope to use my experience within UMSU this year to continue advocating for students with disabilities as best I can. Vote [1] Stand Up!

I’m Nick and I’m running for Students’ Council with Melbourne Socialists. Melbourne Socialists is a group of progressive activists who will defend students against any attack on our education. We want a progressive union that campaigns for refugee rights, against racism, and for better welfare. Melbourne Socialists have successfully campaigned on Students Council to support campaigns for free education, and fought racism on our campus and off it. With more left wing activists on our council we can campaign for progressive causes where they are desperately needed. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Students’ Council - we make a difference.

STUDENTS’ COUNCIL (GENERAL REPRESENTATIVES) FRANK TYSON (欢迎国际学生加入 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELCOME) Racism is rife on campus. Far right groups feel confident to paste up outrageous posters attacking Chinese, Muslim, and Jewish Students. International students should feel welcome on our campus. I want to see our union be an inclusive space for all, and reject racism in all its forms!

MELINDA SUTER (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) I’m Mindi and I’m running for Students’ Council with Melbourne Socialists. Melbourne Socialists is a group of progressive activists who will defend students against any attack on our education. We want a progressive union that campaigns for refugee rights, against racism, and for better welfare. Melbourne Socialists have successfully campaigned on Students Council to support campaigns for free education, and fought racism on our campus and off it. With more left wing activists on our council we can campaign for progressive causes where they are desperately needed. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Students’ Council - we make a difference.

ANNEKE DEMANUELE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS)

I’m Anneke and I’m running for Students’ Council with Melbourne Socialists. Melbourne Socialists is a group of progressive activists who will defend students against any attack on our education. We want a progressive union that campaigns for refugee rights, against racism, and for better welfare. Melbourne Socialists have successfully campaigned on Students Council to support campaigns for free education, and fought racism on our campus and off it. With more left wing activists on our council we can campaign for progressive causes where they are desperately needed. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Students’ Council - we make a difference.

SHONTELLE FISHER (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) I’m Shonty and I’m running for Students’ Council with Melbourne Socialists. Melbourne Socialists is a group of progressive activists who will defend students against any attack on our education. We want a progressive union that campaigns for refugee rights, against racism, and for better welfare. Melbourne Socialists have successfully campaigned on Students Council to support campaigns for free education, and fought racism on our campus and off it. With more left wing activists on our council we can campaign for progressive causes where they are desperately needed. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Students’ Council - we make a difference.

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ATTICUS BANKS (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) I’m Shonty and I’m running for Students’ Council with Melbourne Socialists. Melbourne Socialists is a group of progressive activists who will defend students against any attack on our education. We want a progressive union that campaigns for refugee rights, against racism, and for better welfare. Melbourne Socialists have successfully campaigned on Students Council to support campaigns for free education, and fought racism on our campus and off it. With more left wing activists on our council we can campaign for progressive causes where they are desperately needed. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Students’ Council - we make a difference.

EMILY WHITE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) I’m Emily and I’m running for Students’ Council with Melbourne Socialists. Melbourne Socialists is a group of progressive activists who will defend students against any attack on our education. We want a progressive union that campaigns for refugee rights, against racism, and for better welfare. Melbourne Socialists have successfully campaigned on Students Council to support campaigns for free education, and fought racism on our campus and off it. With more left wing activists on our council we can campaign for progressive causes where they are desperately needed. Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Students’ Council - we make a difference.

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GEORGIA WALTON BRIGGS (STAND UP!) Hi there! I’m Georgia, a first year Arts student, and I’m running to be your voice on the UMSU Students’ Council! I believe that a strong, inclusive student union is vital for protecting the rights of all university students as well as making uni life a just little easier for us all. The accessibility and affordability of university and uni services for all students is an issue that is very close to my heart. As your voice on Students’ Council, I will stand up for you and make our collective voices heard for change. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

EVA ADDINSALL (STAND UP!) Do you believe in a union that fights back and holds the University accountable? A union which fights for all students and amplifies the voices of minority groups and the marginalised? What about ensuring that the union upholds and implements progressive policies – ensuring that we only move forward, and never backwards? My name is Eva Addinsall, and I have nominated to represent YOU on the

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ELECTIONS Students Council because I believe in an active, inclusive, and progressive union– and if you want to see these values embedded in the Student Union in 2019, vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

GURPREET SINGH (STAND UP!) Hey, my name is Gurpreet. I’m a first-year science student and I would love to be your representative on the Student’s Council. The Student Union is a fantastic organisation for advocating for the rights of students, however it can only function effectively when the voices of all, including oft underrepresented students are heard. I believe this can be achieved through maintaining a progressive Student’s Council and am running to ensure all students get a fair go and feel safe and welcome at university. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

will advocate for a more inclusive and activist union. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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CONOR DAY (INDEPENDENT MEDIA)

Hey! My name’s Jess, I’m a second year science student and I’m running for Students’ Council. I was a part of the council last year and found it to be very rewarding. I would love the opportunity to continue next year on students council and remain a voice for science students in UMSU. To continue fighting for a more accessible union and also to make sure that UMSU continues to represent science students best interests and of course, the best interests of all students as well. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

Hi, my name is Conor Day and I would love the opportunity to be on students’ council in 2019. I have been heavily involved in the Media Department, and in UMSU, over the past two years as radio manager and a contributor in the media department. I would really like to be an independent voice on council in 2019. I believe it is important to keep student media well-funded. The media office provides a great platform for students to create content and take on varied roles and I would like to see it further supported

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EMMA PARKINSON (STAND UP!) Hi! My name’s Emma and I’m a first year Arts student. In the short time that I have been studying at this University, I have found getting involved in our student union and finding out more about what it does for us students to be both interesting and rewarding. This is why I am running for a position on our students’ council, where I would be a strong progressive voice for all students - especially those facing disadvantage – and an advocate for taking action on issues that affect us all. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

SOPHIE KERRIGAN (STAND UP!)

Freedom of speech and accessibility are necessary to Independent Media, as well as the Media Department. The years I’ve spent alongside Farrago have always demonstrated respect and communication that I will continue as a councillor. I’m fiercely devoted to student experience, safety and opportunity that will cater to student communities and am devoted to giving back to our union. I’m here to provide a voice for all and listen to the concerns and ideas of students in the same way the Media Department have done for me. Vote Independent Media for your voice to be heard.

DANIEL BERATIS (INDEPENDENT MEDIA)

Hi, I’m Sophie and I’m running for Students Council with Stand Up! I believe that having a strong student union is the best means of getting the university to listen to and address our concerns. I want to be on Students Council because I believe that the best use of our SSAF is our union running strong campaigns to protect our rights. I want to be a part of continuing activism within our union and holding it accountable to its activist roots and that’s why I’m running with Stand Up! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower yourself!

My name is Daniel Beratis and the media department is a Big Mood. I’ve contributed to the media department for the last four years and I deeply believe in the media department’s ability to let students get their work out there, and the importance of the same. The media department’s independence is a big reason why that can happen, and that’s why I’m running for Students’ Council with Independent Media—to ensure that the independence of the media office is protected as much as it can be, and that media’s voice is heard. This Council empty: yeet me in.

JACK BUKSH (STAND UP!)

TRENT VU (INDEPENDENT MEDIA)

Hi, I’m Jack - a first year Arts student here at the University of Melbourne. It is so important that we have progressive voices and representation in UMSU and that is why I am running to be your representative on students council. As a part of Stand Up! I will provide an activist voice for all students. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

Student media is hot. Farrago, Radio Fodder and Above Water? Loves it. We want to get a queen to ascend on their rightful throne to represent Independent Media in student council. So vote for me (and the other Indie Media candidates) to make student media and UMSU that much hotter. Thanks bitch, have a great day.

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NONI COLE (INDEPENDENT MEDIA)

Hi guys, my name is Alice Smith and I’m a third year Arts student and the current Education Academic Officer Bearer at UMSU and I have also previously been a Student Councillor. I’m a strong believer in unionism and believe that the best way to support students, especially those from autonomous groups, is through collective action. Within our own university there are still too many lectures unrecorded and too long a wait to get help from Stop 1. If elected to Students’ Council I

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MONIQUE O’RAFFERTY (INDEPENDENT MEDIA) Hi, I’m Monique! Media, especially student media, is something I am incredibly passionate about. I have experience as editor of Farrago magazine, columnist, Radio Fodder presenter, social media coordinator, and contributor to the campus, nonfiction, creative and graphics sections, as well as Farrago Video. This means I have witnessed firsthand Independent Media’s ability to grow and nurture the media department. If your confidence in me is still wavering, note that I made it through several rounds of casting for Love Island Australia 2018, but unfortunately had to decline as my heart was in the media office.

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HARRY BLACK (MORE!) If you’re reading this, odds are you’re in the few percent of UoM students who actually care about the governance of their student union. I’m running for the student council because I believe that even if most students don’t engage directly with their council representatives, it’s absolutely essential the union is representative of students of all degrees and backgrounds. As a commerce student, I’m committed to better integrating UMSU into student life south of Grattan street and insuring our voices aren’t lost among the arts heavy UMSU clique while also promoting the progressive vision More! has for the union.

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LUCY TURTON (MORE!) Hello friends and foes! I’m Lucy, one of the current UMSU Environment Officers and I’m running for Students’ Council. I’m committed to a student union that is progressive, independent from political factionalism, dedicated to its grassroots collectives and clubs, and run for the good of all students, not just those who make the most noise or the most powerful deals. I don’t care about furthering my own career, but about fighting for students’ rights and making this union the most representative and radical it can be. I hope you’ll vote 1 More! for a more engaged, active, and independent union.

TIM LILLEY (MORE!) Hi, I’m Tim, and I’m running for Students’ Council with More! I’m not some stodgy up-and-coming career politician – I embrace More’s independent-minded, unique approach to politics on campus. If elected, I’ll be your advocate issues ranging from making the UMSU democracy more accessible and transparent, to reviewing our membership of the wasteful National Union of Students, to fighting for students’ rights at uni. I’m especially passionate about fostering community spirit on campus in our often-isolating modern technological world, such as through UMSU’s volunteering programs. For More democracy, More transparency, More community, and More puns, vote More for UMSU!

CATRIONA SMITH (MORE!) Hi, I’m Tree and I’m running for reelection to Student’s Council! I’ve been on Student’s Council this year and have really enjoyed being able to make a difference for students and represent them and their needs within UMSU. I would really love the opportunity to be able to continue to connect the student body with issues that affect them! For a student union that is More! active, More! passionate, More! representative, and More! about you, vote [1] More!

CHI WAI WONG (KAIMON) (MORE!) As an international student, it is my great pleasure to be part of the Student’s Council. Since I come from a different background, I’m in the same situation as all international students are. Thus, I could understand what they want as well as what they are struggling on. And I could help them. This is what I dedicate to.

WORAPITCHA LAICHANT (MORE!) Since I entered the University, I have always acknowledged that UMSU has played a huge role in our experience in the University. As an international student, I see that things

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occuring within the University besides studying are really important, from making us feel like we belong in the Uni to letting us know that when in need of help, someone will be there for us. Therefore, I would like to be a part of UMSU to help our fellow students have the best time in Uni and to help improve what I feel like is missing from my own experience.

Hey there! I’m running for Student’s Council so that I can vote to put the money that you pay UMSU in SSAF back into your pockets! I believe that your SSAF should be spent directly on you, rather than going into bank accounts of inaccessible National bodies. Vote for me and on Student’s Council I will advocate for more funding to on campus and grassroots activism, more funding for on campus activities and more funding for student run collectives. You deserve a Student Union that spends your money for you and your issues! If you agree Vote 1 for More!

LACHLAN HINDS (MORE!) I’m running for students council because I believe that the chief decision making body of UMSU should be representative of our diverse student body. As an interstate student, I have a first-hand experience and understanding of the challenges that face the growing number of students who relocate in order to pursue tertiary study. With experience in youth and community advocacy, I believe I could be a strong and passionate advocate for marginalised students - one who will advocate for the services and opportunities that support students at the University of Melbourne.

AKSHITA BHARGAVA (MORE!) Unimelb consists of a substantial number of International Graduate students from over 130 countries. My voice on council will represent their voices, and strive to ensure their grievances are heard, and ideas appreciated by the university. I’ll also work towards promoting multicultural events. UMSU has the potential to grow into a More! active organisation and host More! programs for graduate students, who are generally passive about social events. Let’s break this down! And make UMSU a More! dynamic organization. Our team is campaigning on a More! exciting initiatives that will make graduate students lives better at unimelb! Vote [1] More!

LEON WANG (MORE!) Hi! My name is Leon and I’m third year science student! I’ve been involved in many aspects of UMSU, from participating and volunteering with many of the UMSU departments and being a part of the great clubs community. These are just a few of the many things that I feel enriches the student experience here. As a councillor, I hope to ensure that there are even more opportunities for students to get involved, and to make sure that students’ funds are used for students as best as possible, and that UMSU remains accountable and transparent in all their actions.

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Hey! I’m Juhria a second year Arts student doing Media and Politics from Singapore. UMSU has made my life here as an international student a more enjoyable and welcoming one and I’d love to be part of the organisation and possibly improve it. I understand the importance of having an environment that is safe, inclusive, welcoming and empowering for all our students and even more so for those underrepresented. When voted into the student council, these are the key points I’ll actively fight for and promote on top of ensuring the needs and welfare of students are met and accessible.

As a new student, involving myself in social aspects of university life was a priority. After just a few weeks, I realised the immense impact student-run events can have on one’s ability to feel a sense of belonging and connection; both to peers and the university itself. Not only did it make the academic workload bearable, it allowed me to get involved within different clubs, particularly UMSU’s activities department. For this reason, I’ve applied for the role of activities committee member; ensuring every student has access to diverse & inclusive events run within a safe & friendly environment.

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We need to change. Things happened and many of us just stand by and ignore all the problems we are having. The main reason I am running for student council is to develop the influence of international students. Over 40% of students studying at the University came from different countries, but not many of these students get involved in UMSU. We need change! We need to raise the awareness of the disconnection between local and international students. We need to do something and turn the situation around. This is Kash Ngan here, and I will fight for all of you.

JOSHUA MUNRO (MORE!) Hi my name is Josh. To have the opportunity to run for students’ council is an absolute honour. In my role, l I would strive to represent my peers and their concerns, as I am passionate about the student experience here at Melbourne. Students’ council is integral to the operation of the union and I would like to advocate for the reponsible governance of the students and the trust placed in us as leaders.

JORDAN DI NATALE (MORE!)

Being a student at university is a magnificent experience, as there are so many opportunities. My father taught me that “with experience comes knowledge, and with knowledge comes the power to shape your destiny”. In life, I eagerly take each opportunity as it gives me a new experience, shaping my future for the better. With each opportunity I take, I feel like I am a better person and I want others to shape their futures for the better as well! That is why I chose More! AND THAT IS WHY I AM CAMPAIGNING FOR STUDENT’S COUNCIL!

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Moving back to Australia after being overseas for 12 years, I was terrified at the prospect of making new friends. I had no idea how I would break into the groups that had been forged in high school. From speed-friending to the O-Week parties to EOX, UMSU activities provided me the facilities to make new friends in a welcoming and unintimidating environment. I want to do my part to make sure UMSU Activities continues to provide students with the chance to take a break from everything else going on in their lives and have a good time with good people.

ROSE VAN ROOY (MORE!) Hi I’m Rose, and I’m running for Activities Committee for More! It’s my second semester here at Melbourne University and I can say that the best thing about uni has been without a doubt how welcoming everyone is from the different clubs and societies. The activities that UMSU have held have changed my view of uni, in the fact that yes studying is important, but so is kicking back from time to time. I’m an energy-giving, excitable person who would love to be involved with More! and help other students feel welcome and see the fun side of University.

SAMANTHA COFFEY (MORE!) Moving from Sydney was extremely daunting. Knowing that I wouldn’t know anyone attending uni. By attending various events through O week, The St Patricks Day Party and Tuesday Bands and Bevs, I was shown a vibrant, friendly and inclusive community where I met a wide range of people and formed strong relationships. I’m running for UMSU activities committee because I want to facilitate the same experience for other students both new and current. As well, I wish to be a part of the thriving and encouraging atmosphere that UMSU provides and want to assist with making UMSU activities More! popular.

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Why I am running for activities, is that even a question??? Activities at uni is one of the key things that brings people together at uni. From Bands and Bevs to free sausage sizzles. These events are what brings people together, it’s how and why friendships are formed at university, life-long friendships!!! These events are my highlight of my uni week and everyone else’s week, as it gives me something to look forward to, besides my upcoming assignments that I leave till the very last minute (not all the time). So, my answer is clear really! Vote [1] More!

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HAYLEY STANFORD (MORE!) Hey! I’m Hayley and I’m running for activities committee because I am dedicated to creating a fun, safe and inclusive social environment where everyone can hang out, make new friends and socialise. I would love to have the opportunity to represent you, the student body, on the activities committee and I will strive to ensure UMSU events remain about having fun and bringing students from all backgrounds together. I am dedicated to providing everyone the chance to make their university experience the best it can be! For a student union that is More! about you, vote [1] More!

BRIDGET HAWKINS (MORE!) In the wise words of KESHA; the party don’t start until I walk in, but who am I? I’m a queer gal studying creative writing and English literature, I’m the bridge(t) between the colleges and university, ready to create some GREAT times that are inclusive for everyone, especially the queer, poc, and female identifying communities repping that sick grey unimelb jumper (nb: no uni merch actually required). Experience: I have helped organise college o-week, countless high-school fundraisers,

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ELECTIONS and a couple of (sick) house parties. Now everyone, don’t stop, make it pop, DJ blow our speakers up tonight. More! to love

DEAN KAROPOULOS (STAND UP!) As every distinguished Melbourne university student should say, I’ve won my fair share of boat races and dance-offs at Activities’ events this year, but Activities is more than just drinking, music and dancing. Of all the UMSU departments, it has the most widespread appeal to all, and has huge potential to bring different people together, smashing cultural barriers, shyness and assignment stress. I’m running for the Activities committee to make sure every student has a fantastic time next year, and to keep a beautifully variegated range of people attending. Everyone loves a party, right? Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

CECILIA WIDJOJO (STAND UP!) Hi I am Cecilia and I think social events run by UMSU need to be advertised and run more by students! We want more engagement from our events and I think I’d be a good person to advocate for this on Activities Committee. We have great spaces available in Union House and we should utilise them more effectively. Promotion of UMSU events is key to promoting student engagement, because everyone deserves a good party. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

STUART SUTTON (STAND UP!) Hello there! As a fellow student, I understand that the highlight of our lives are not the midnight Baillieu seshes, which are fun in a grotesque sort of way (jk nah not really), but are actually the BBQs at Union House and wild parties. Which is how I want to optimize our university experience, and put our SSAF contributions to good use. I also want to run these events to maximise inclusivity, regardless of age, gender, race or sexuality. So, come and chat with about any suggestions or just memes! And Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

JASON HU (STAND UP!) Hi! My name’s Jason and I’m excited for the opportunity contribute to the UMSU Activities committee. I hope to bring the learnings from my work and my experience in UMSU student clubs to deliver an accountable and efficient UMSU dedicated to providing students with an enriching experience during their time at UniMelb. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

LOUISE MONSELL-BUTLER (STAND UP!) Hey everyone my name is Louise (most people call me Lulu!!) and I’m running for the Activities Committee! I believe balancing work and play is crucial to having an overall positive university experience, but I know for some people getting involved in university activities can be quite daunting (hey first years!!). I hope to organise social events where everyone has the opportunity to get involved and have a great time to build a great sense of community on campus. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

YASMIN MIDDLETON (STAND UP!) Hey there, my name is Yasmin and I’m running to be a representative on Activities Committee! University needs to have a balance of academic and social life and I want to ensure that UMSU events are the best they can be so you can kick back and relax for once in a while. I want to make sure people feel comfortable and that events are representative of the diversity at Melbourne Uni. Parties should be a fun time for everyone so make sure you Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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committee member I want to make sure parties are accessible for everyone across the uni, from first year to grad students. I also want to make sure that they’re fun, because what’s a party without some fun? Events are crucial for making friends and feeling a part of the UniMelb community. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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CREATIVE ARTS COMMITTEE REIS LOW (MORE!) From my point of view, the committee plays an integral part in providing opportunities for the student population to engage in art as they wish; creativity flourishes when people feel supported. I am running for committee to continue building on the work of previous committees and students, and help make art more accessible in any way I can. My experience has been predominantly in management of theatre productions, including company manager of Four Letter Word Theatre in 2018. However, I enjoy all forms of art and look forward to helping people make meaningful connections across mediums, forms, genres and styles.

LUCY SEALE (MORE!) I’m passionate about Creative Arts. Through its various productions and workshops (the Writer in Residence Program, Mudfest, a directing mentorship) I’ve found a valuable space on campus, to connect with others, express ideas and better myself beyond my studies. I’m currently doing Union House Theatre’s (UHT) Tastings, performing weekly/on committee as an Equity & Welfare officer for Mudcrabs (Melbourne University Comedy Revue Board), and rehearsing UHT’s semester 2 show, ‘Ida’. I admire Creative Arts’ interdepartmental collaboration, creating an inclusive, accessible space. I’d love to bring my communication skills, plus my crazy, energetic attitude, to give back to this community.

NICHOLAS KIRKBY (MORE!) I’m running for creative arts committee because I have a love for theatre and all forms of fiction. Through personal experience, I have come to believe in Theatre’s power to create a strong sense of community and belonging. My vision for the Creative Arts office is to focus on self care and positive mental health for artists and help create a freely accessible and inclusive support network. I will also work to provide more opportunities of involvement that aren’t dependant on passing an audition.

CHARLIE ZHANG (MORE!)

Heyyy lovely dumplings (my favourite), I’m Charlie and I’m a first year creative science student :) I am running for creative arts committee and there are two main goals I want to achieve. Firstly, I want to make arts accessible to everyone. I believe that arts is for everyone regardless of experience or talent. If you want to start your creative journey or develop your professional skills, I can get you involved. Secondly, I want to hear from YOU!!! I think the best way to facilitate YOU as a student artist is to know what opportunities you want. Stay beautiful!

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LAURA WERNERT (MORE!) suh my dudes my names laura but yeah that says it above anyway so creative arts im gonna bring back finger painting and those butterfly paintings (you know the ones that you paint on one side and fold it over and its mirrored on the other side? yeah those) but also im very into the performing arts (i write my own mediocre songs so you know im a true artist) you can count on me for events where you can get in on performing or spectating also i wrote this on notepad so you know im organic xoxo laura

FIONA XIA (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Fiona, and I’d be honoured to serve in your Creative Arts Committee. Dabbling in some creative pursuits myself, I know that a supportive platform for all to pursue their artistic endeavours is important- and this is what I’ll strive for. I’ll work hard to involve students on campus through engaging events and foster the community of students in the department via collaborative efforts to celebrate originality and innovation. Most importantly, I’m open to all suggestions (I’m only sketchy and shady with a pencil!) so that we can cater to your creative needs! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

LUCA (STAND UP!) Hi, my name’s Luca and I’m running for the Creative Arts Committee with Stand Up! I’m passionate about the arts because to me they provide not only the opportunity to expand our horizons and understand others perspectives of the world, but they also provide an escape from the stress of the classroom. The arts have always helped me to destress and express myself and I’m running for the Creative Arts Committee because i want to make the arts more accessible on campus and I believe Stand Up! is the best ticket to do that. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

CONOR CLEMENTS (STAND UP!) My name is Conor; I’m a third year Bachelor of Arts student, and I’m hoping to be elected to Creative Arts committee for 2019. Since I was young, I have been very passionate about playing music, and I have seen first-hand the effect that it can have on people’s lives. In spite of this, I think that music (and music students) are underrepresented within the Creative Arts department, which is something that I believe can be improved. I hope to be an advocate for these students if I am elected. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

CHARLIE JOYCE (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Charlie and I’m running for Creative Arts committee. I’m a first year arts student, and have played trumpet for most of my life. Music and arts are huge parts of my life and deserve to be the backbone of student life at Melbourne uni. I want UMSU to ensure that students of all degrees have more opportunities to perform or showcase their art, no matter their level. The creative arts committee needs to be the driving force behind culture at our uni, and I would be a passionate advocate for that goal. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

AISLING ACTON (STAND UP!) Hi! My name is Aisling and I’m running for creative arts committee because I love the arts! I want to represent all students who have literally no creative abilities whatsoever but still love hanging out at the NGV, watching arthouse movies in languages they don’t understand, and curating the perfect instagram aesthetic. The creative arts department is

for everyone, and I want to make sure we’re holding events for everyone - including people who struggle to paint a straight line - especially with Mudfest coming up in 2019. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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DISABILITIES COMMITTEE NICHOLAS KIRKBY (MORE!) The Disabilities Department exists to provide opportunities of access for those who find themselves disadvantaged by disability. They organise events to educate the broader university community, and work to create an environment that provides disadvantaged students with a sense of acceptance and belonging. I understand what it is to struggle in a world that is fundamentally ableist and I believe passionately in creating a world that will bridge the gaps between those who can and those who cannot. My goal is to provide greater access to events through online platforms such as Skype for those too ill to attend.

MICHAEL TE (MORE!) For a committee member in Disabilities, I look to create a supportive environment on campus for students identified with a disability. It is essential to listen to the voice and input of these individuals before working closely together to develop helpful plans. My vision involves making a genuine difference to students with disabilities on campus. I aim to help eliminate the stigma attached to those who suffer from mental health problems and encourage them to not feel ashamed in expressing it to others. I also intend to advocate for students with physical disabilities and raise awareness of marginalisation they face.

AMELIA REEVES (MORE!) Hi team! I’m Milly, and I’m a third year arts student. I’m running for disabilities committee because as a queer and neurodivergent babe I have a first-hand understanding of just how hard uni can be for some people. I want to be on this committee to ensure that UMSU is providing support and access to the students who need it most. As Queer Officer for UMSU this year, I have an understanding of the way this union works which means I can bring my experience and expertise into this role so we can have the best disabilities department!

JACINTA DOWE (MORE!) My name is Jacinta Dowe, and I am running for Disability Committee Member. I have been involved in the Disabilities Department for the past two years, first as a committee member, and then as an Office Bearer. I have co-run many events and two weekly collectives, and worked closely with disabled students to help them navigate university services. I want to continue to work with the department to help create a safer, more accessible university.

HIEN NGUYEN (MORE!) Hi! My name is Hien, and I’m running for Disabilities Committee. As one of the 2018 Disabilities Office Bearers, I have firsthand knowledge and experience of what the department can do and hope to continue helping run it as a committee member for 2019. I understand my role along with other committee members will be to provide a vision for the department and guide the Office Bearers in how to achieve that vision. The Disabilities Department is important in its role to advocate for accessibility for all students and I believe that my contribution will be beneficial to that goal.

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ELECTIONS ISA PENDRAGON (MORE!) As someone who has experience with chronic and ongoing mental illness and felt the impact of the associated stigma in my personal, professional and political life, I understand the support and help needed by others in similar positions at university. As a member of the Disabilities Committee I would work towards supporting the officebearers in fulfilling their duties. I would like to see a campaign to lobby the university for improved counseling and psychological services undergone with the support of the whole Union next year. I would also like to help improve awareness and accessibility of Disability Collective meetings.

DANA RILEY (STAND UP!) Hi everyone! I’m Dana and I’m the current Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council. I’m passionate about making the Melbourne University a welcoming, inclusive and accessible place for all students. For the past three years I’ve struggled through my degree and know firsthand how difficult and inaccessible university can be when suffering from an invisible disability. I’ve experienced the difficulty of trying to access on-campus support and getting special consideration when required. On committee, I hope to use my experience within UMSU this year to continue advocating for students with disabilities as best I can. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

JESSICA MILLER (STAND UP!) Hi! My name is Jess and I am running for Disabilities Committee. I want the university to become more accessible and inclusive to all students, but particularly students with disabilities. I think that Special Consideration needs to be improved vastly, so it’s not a stressful and intimidating experience. I also think the accessibility of lectures and other classes need to be improved, for instance I think compulsory attendance limits students who cannot attend or find it very difficult to attend for personal reasons. I hope you consider me and vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

NICOLA EENINK (STAND UP!) Hi there beautiful people! I’m Nikki (Christian name Nicola) and I’m excited to be running for Disabilities Committee! As someone who has lived their entire life with an ‘invisible’ disability, I feel that it’s so important we bring diverse representation to the UMSU Disabilities Department and allow for a diverse range of experiences to be visualised. Now halfway through my first year studying a Bachelor of Arts, I know how frustrating and overwhelming aspects of university life are and I hope through UMSU I am able to represent and change things for the community. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

KAY POON (STAND UP!) Managing course load at university causes reasonable anxiety to all students. This is especially true for many of our underrepresented students with physical, mental, or both disabilities. As an international student with diagnosed bipolar affective disorder, I believe better student representation is needed to support often times highly capable students, whose performance is genuinely compromised by their medical conditions. Especially when the university’s Disabilities and Equity or Counselling and Psychological Services are not sufficiently assisting with applications for procedures regarding leaves of absence and reduced study load for those complying with visa requirements. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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Hi! My name is Aisling and I’m a BA/Honours student. I’m running for disabilities committee because I want to help

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make this union more inclusive and accessible for all students. I’ve been involved in UMSU for a while and have seen the hurdles many students with disabilities face when it comes to navigating university and accessing help and support, especially when dealing with university administration. I’m passionate about equity and representation, and I think the disabilities department plays a huge role in making university a fairer place for all students. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

EDUCATION COMMITTEE MELINDA SUTER (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Mindi ! The government is attacking young people. They’re raising the cost of education, cutting funding to universities and forcing us to pay back our debt earlier. The cost of being a student is rising. We’re paying more for our degrees but getting less in return. We’ve seen our classes grow larger and course content move online. I want to be part of campaigns that organise to improve the quality and accessibility of education. If we all stand together we can defeat any future cuts! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Education Committee - we make a difference.

ANNEKE DEMANUELE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS)

Hi, I’m Anneke! The government is attacking young people. They’re raising the cost of education, cutting funding to universities and forcing us to pay back our debt earlier. The cost of being a student is rising. We’re paying more for our degrees but getting less in return. We’ve seen our classes grow larger and course content move online. I want to be part of campaigns that organise to improve the quality and accessibility of education. If we all stand together we can defeat any future cuts! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Education Committee - we make a difference.

SHONTELLE FISHER (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Shonty! The government is attacking young people. They’re raising the cost of education, cutting funding to universities and forcing us to pay back our debt earlier. The cost of being a student is rising. We’re paying more for our degrees but getting less in return. We’ve seen our classes grow larger and course content move online. I want to be part of campaigns that organise to improve the quality and accessibility of education. If we all stand together we can defeat any future cuts! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Education Committee - we make a difference.

NICK REICH (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Nick! The government is attacking young people. They’re raising the cost of education, cutting funding to universities and forcing us to pay back our debt earlier. The cost of being a student is rising. We’re paying more for our degrees but getting less in return. We’ve seen our classes grow larger and course content move online. I want to be part of campaigns that organise to improve the quality and accessibility of education. If we all stand together we can defeat any future cuts! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Education Committee - we make a difference.

TERENCE TAYLOR (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Terence! The government is attacking young people. They’re raising the cost of education, cutting funding to universities and forcing us to pay back our debt earlier. The cost of being a student is rising. We’re paying more for our degrees but getting less in return. We’ve seen our classes grow larger and course content move online. I want to be part of campaigns that organise to improve the quality and accessibility of education. If we all stand together we can

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ELECTIONS defeat any future cuts! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Education Committee - we make a difference.

EMILY WHITE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Emily! The government is attacking young people. They’re raising the cost of education, cutting funding to universities and forcing us to pay back our debt earlier. The cost of being a student is rising. We’re paying more for our degrees but getting less in return. We’ve seen our classes grow larger and course content move online. I want to be part of campaigns that organise to improve the quality and accessibility of education. If we all stand together we can defeat any future cuts! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Education Committee - we make a difference.

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NEERA KADKOL (EXTEND THE FREE TRAM ZONE) So first old mate Dandrews gives us this ‘Free Tram Zone’ where we can pop around without worrying about getting bodyslammed by ‘authorised officers’ - pretty sweet, yeah? But then we realise that the Free Tram Zone ends a few stops short of uni, giving tickies a new favourite hangout. Taking the tram to uni means running the gauntlet of middled-aged lunatics, decked out in sweet jeans/runners combos with matching bumbags, who apparently developed their conflict resolution skills by watching late night WWE reruns. Anyway, if you can’t afford to touch on then vote for me instead.

FRANK TYSON (欢迎国际学生加入 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELCOME) Racism is rife on campus. Far right groups feel confident to paste up outrageous posters attacking Chinese, Muslim, and Jewish Students. International students should feel welcome on our campus. I want to see our union be an inclusive space for all, and reject racism in all its forms!

GEORGIA WALTON BRIGGS (STAND UP!) Hi there! I’m Georgia and I am a first year Arts student with a passion for Education! I would love the chance to represent you on the Education Committee in 2019. I believe in free, accessible and inclusive tertiary education for all students. I’m particularly concerned by the Liberal Government’s attacks on our tertiary education system and the university’s intended introduction of Cadmus. In these uncertain times, it is so important for students to be actively involved in discussions surrounding our education and have an active voice on these issues which affect us directly. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

ALICE SMITH (STAND UP!) Hi guys, my name is Alice Smith and I’m a third year Arts student and the current Education Academic Officer Bearer at UMSU. Having been the one of the Education Office Bearers this year I’ve seen the importance of the Education Committee in determining the direction of the committee. I think the Education Department should strive to be an activist one, one that fights against the attacks that the University makes on students through budget cuts, introducing programs like Cadmus and by charging excessive fees for things like student cards. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

NADINE NEWELL (STAND UP!) We’re here for our education, to learn and study, but what about the conditions for students? I’m Nadine and I study science. Like in any course, it can be tough plowing through the hurdles put in place by the university. I believe students have the right to a quality education in an environment that

allows them to flourish. On this committee I can elevate the voices of students concerned about their education. We need to fight and stand up for our education, we’re the buyer, we have the power to influence the system together. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

ANGUS HOY (STAND UP!) Hey! I’m Angus and I’m a second year science student majoring in applied mathematics. I am standing up for the Education Committee because I believe the University could be doing so much more to ensure a productive, safe and equitable educational experience for all students. If elected, I will be resolute in holding the university administration to account on a range of issues, from the highly controversial Cadmus implementation to the explosive growth of HECS fees and many others. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself

HENRY SPEAGLE (STAND UP!) I’m running for a position on the education committee due to my keenness to get involved first-hand in positive advocacy for students in an area that has affected me personally. Among other things, my inability to fully withdraw from subjects after the deadline even in extreme circumstances has motivated me to want to change this and other things, such as the inefficiency of Stop 1 and the still frequent occurrence of unrecorded lectures. My passion and assertive nature in dealing with the university is what I believe will make me an effective committee member. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

DANNA LEZCANO MARTINEZ (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Danna and I’m running for Education Committee! As an International Student paying exorbitant fees to go here, I believe it is really important that all students hold the university to account in improving the quality of education and teaching and learning, as well as improving the overall experience of students who come here from all over the world with big expectations! I understand that fighting the University’s bureaucracy can be challenging at times, but I believe the Education Committee has a very important role to support students in this fight! Join us! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

HUE MAN DANG (MORE!) I’m Hue Man and I believe that we deserve a just educational system that takes into account both inclusion and diversity. You shouldn’t be locked out of getting an education because of the amount of money in your bank! I believe there is always ‘More!’ that we could be doing. If elected I will be working to bring marginalised voices (and those from low-SES background) into the decision making process. Furthermore, I’ll be the voice that ensures all decisions made are fair for students. Equipped with passion and a lot of sass, I’ll be fighting for our education rights!

TUNA NGUYEN (MORE!) Hi all! I’m getting involved with Education as I believe as students it is crucial that we’re able to actively engage in improving our education experience - after all, tuition isn’t cheap! A particular issue I’d like to focus on with the Education committee concerns improving the provision, consistency and quality of tutor training to ensure that picking good tutorials doesn’t simply become a game of Russian roulette. If this is an issue which resonates with you or someone you know I’d love to have your support!

JOSHUA TSENG (MORE!) Hi! Josh here. I aim to deliver the best university experience to all Unimelb students during my term. I am dedicated to creating a safe environment for students to share and learn.

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WILLIAM CHUA (MORE!) Hi! I’m William, and I’d love to give back to our incredible student community by representing you on the Education Committee. I’m so grateful to have met so many inclusive, supportive and inspiring people at Unimelb who helped me with moving from interstate. Presenting student feedback to the science faculty as Staff-Student-Liaison Representative showed me how important it is for your voice to be heard. I’d love to advocate for more transparency in assessments, better industry placements for undergrads and more Commonwealth supported places for postgrads. I’d really appreciate this opportunity to ensure you get the education you deserve.

run forums to host discussion around how we can save the planet from avoidable disaster! Vote [1] Me for Environment Committee - we make a difference.

SHONTELLE FISHER (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) I’m Shonty, and I’m running for Environment Committee with Melbourne Socialists. Environmental degradation is an unfortunate reality in Australia. I have been involved in campaigns about various issues in the past year particularly in defense of the Great Barrier Reef and against the Adani Coal Mine. I have been supporting protests and raising awareness about the consequences. I want to help run broad campaigns around local and global environmental damage as well as run forums to host discussion around how we can save the planet from avoidable disaster! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Environment Committee - we make a difference.

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CAT FOLEY (MORE!)

One fateful night I found a book in the toilets of Union house, and thought, man, sober me is gonna be bamboozled when she finds this. Hi, my name is Cat Foley and from that day onwards, I learnt that education haunts us through every step in life; and we should be bold enough to demand all we can learn from this life. I’m vying for a committee position to advocate for elevating standards in lecture recordings, better and free access to technological competency training and better awareness of what the education committee can and will do for YOU.

I’m Mindi, and I’m running for Environment Committee with Melbourne Socialists. Environmental degradation is an unfortunate reality in Australia. I have been involved in campaigns about various issues in the past year particularly in defense of the Great Barrier Reef and against the Adani Coal Mine. I have been supporting protests and raising awareness about the consequences. I want to help run broad campaigns around local and global environmental damage as well as run forums to host discussion around how we can save the planet from avoidable disaster! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Environment Committee - we make a difference.

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Hi! I am Danielle, and I am running for Education Committee because I want to better represent Dookie students. As a student who has studied at both the Parkville and Dookie campuses, I’ve seen how a strong student union presence can enhance student life and would love to bring that to Dookie. I want to advocate for more efficient ways to deliver lectures and tutorials and for students to have more information about overseas studies, internships and graduate programs. I would love this opportunity to act on behalf of our dynamic student community to create a more enriching learning experience.

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Hey! I’m Tianyi and I am a first-year Arts student, majoring in Linguistics. Since education does play a crucial part in individual development, it is necessary for us to make contributions to make education more accessible, especially for those from marginalized area. Working as a committee member in China Rural Education Initiative, I have learned a lot and I feel that student voices should be heard in order to better our learning experience at the University. I would love the opportunity to engage in issues dealing with a more optimized high-quality studying environment.

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I’m Terence, and I’m running for Environment Committee with Melbourne Socialists. Environmental degradation is an unfortunate reality in Australia. I have been involved in campaigns about various issues in the past year particularly in defense of the Great Barrier Reef and against the Adani Coal Mine. I have been supporting protests and raising awareness about the consequences. I want to help run broad campaigns around local and global environmental damage as well as run forums to host discussion around how we can save the planet from avoidable disaster! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Environment Committee - we make a difference.

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ANNEKE DEMANUELE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) I’m Anneke, and I’m running for Environment Committee with Melbourne Socialists. Environmental degradation is an unfortunate reality in Australia. I have been involved in campaigns about various issues in the past year particularly in defense of the Great Barrier Reef and against the Adani Coal Mine. I have been supporting protests and raising awareness about the consequences. I want to help run broad campaigns around local and global environmental damage as well as

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I’m Nick, and I’m running for Environment Committee with Melbourne Socialists. Environmental degradation is an unfortunate reality in Australia. I have been involved in campaigns about various issues in the past year particularly in defense of the Great Barrier Reef and against the Adani Coal Mine. I have been supporting protests and raising awareness about the consequences. I want to help run broad campaigns around local and global environmental damage as well as run forums to host discussion around how we can save the planet from avoidable disaster! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Environment Committee - we make a difference.

I’m Mindi, and I’m running for Environment Committee with Melbourne Socialists. Environmental degradation is an unfortunate reality in Australia. I have been involved in campaigns about various issues in the past year particularly in defense of the Great Barrier Reef and against the Adani Coal Mine. I have been supporting protests and raising awareness about the consequences. I want to help run broad campaigns around local and global environmental damage as well as run forums to host discussion around how we can save the planet from avoidable disaster! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for Environment Committee - we make a difference.

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I’m Sophie and I’m running for Environment Committee with Stand Up! I’m running for Environment Committee because I love the earth, I think our home planet is the bomb (but shouldn’t be a ticking time bomb) and we should do everything in our power to reduce our detrimental effect on it. I believe that reducing our impact on the earth should start here, we should be striving towards having a fully sustainable campus. I’m passionate about continuing the fossil free campaign, reducing plastic waste on campus and having more sustainable options at BBQs. Vote [1] Stand Up!

DESIREE CAI (STAND UP!)

Hey guys, my name is Desiree and I’ve been keenly involved in UMSU all 3 years that I have been in university. As students and young people, one of the biggest issues facing our generation is climate change. There will be a global crisis if our society doesn’t act, and I believe the UMSU environment department can continue to be part of the good fight against climate change and for environmental justice. Let’s spread the activism and spread the fight for our earth, I am so keen to get involved in all campaigns run. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

MATHILDE RITMAN (STAND UP!) Hi, my name’s Mathilde and I’m running for a position on the Environments committee. I’m an Environmental Science student with a growing passion for environmental responsibility and activism. There is a lot that can be accomplished with this opportunity and I look forward to diving in and deepening my understandings of the issues facing our present and future on this planet. As university students we have access to a unique position in the fight for climate justice. Both education and collective action are vital if we mean to positively impact society.Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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advocate for a greener future, but to make everyone willing to contribute to it. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

NITUL DESHPANDE (STAND UP!) My name is Nitul Deshpande and I am Master of Applied Econometrics student in my second semester at Unimelb. My values include giving back to the community and leading with exceptional ideas. I have been involved with the Enviro department since my first semester, assisting with Lockout Lockheed protest and attending Enviro collective. I hope to get more students involved with the Enviro Department and continue the work that has been done in getting the University to divest from companies and corporations which harm the environment to churn out profits for their shareholders. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

NEERA KADKOL (EXTEND THE FREE TRAM ZONE!)

So first old mate Dandrews gives us this ‘Free Tram Zone’ where we can pop around without worrying about getting bodyslammed by ‘authorised officers’ - pretty sweet, yeah? But then we realise that the Free Tram Zone ends a few stops short of uni, giving tickies a new favourite hangout. Taking the tram to uni means running the gauntlet of middledaged lunatics, decked out in sweet jeans/runners combos with matching bumbags, who apparently developed their conflict resolution skills by watching late night WWE reruns. Anyway, if you can’t afford to touch on then vote for me instead.

FRANK TYSON (欢迎国际学生加入 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELCOME) Racism is rife on campus. Far right groups feel confident to paste up outrageous posters attacking Chinese, Muslim, and Jewish Students. International students should feel welcome on our campus. I want to see our union be an inclusive space for all, and reject racism in all its forms!

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We are failing our environment. It is clear we must make a concerted effort to change our destructive ways. Litter lines the streets and oceans, people cry out in protest at the thought of having to bring a bag to the shops, and power plants pump toxic gas into our atmosphere. Something has to give, and it starts with you and me. With a collective effort we can ensure our generation leaves the environment healthier than when we inherited it. We hold an ethical obligation to fulfill this. Please Vote [1] Stand Up! so we may initiate meaningful change.

Hi I’m Zeb! I’m a Master of Environment student who’s been involved in the Enviro Collective and Fossil Free MU in the past. Pretty devastated by what we’re doing to each other and this planet but the fight’s not over yet! The Enviro Department is one of the best things going on campus: so many great people, so many great campaigns and initiatives. I want to help out, speak up for students’ interests and keep the university accountable for its actions. Let’s make this uni a caring and sustainable place for everyone.

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Hi! I’m Ellie and I’m a first year law student. I’m running for the Environment Committee because I think that UMSU has a key role to play in decreasing waste on campus. We could encourage the university and all student clubs and societies to embrace more sustainable practices. For example, supporting groups to run zero-waste events. We could also do more to encourage behaviour change on campus. For example, we could track how much waste is being generated in different buildings and run a competition between faculties for the least waste each month. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

KEVIN ABRAHAM (STAND UP!) Hey everyone! My name is Abraham and I am a student of Energy Systems. One of the primary rolles of my major is Climate Change analysis and mitigation. That is why I think that the place where future professionals are trained is a great place for the transition to low emission technologies and policies to start taking place. To me, being part of the environmental committee is an opportunity not just to

As we face an environmental crisis, there is a need for the activities in the world to be more sustainable, and so why not start here on campus? My passion is to shine a light on the environmental issues that we are facing today so that we can figure out what we can do as a community to make more informed decisions that are less damaging to the beautiful planet we live on. I wish to be in a position that can facilitate such change.

SARAH WANG (MORE!) The environment is on a decline but I believe by educating the future generation about the importance of a sustainable society, we can continue to live on this beautiful planet! Being on the environment committee, I hope to spread my enthusiasm for the environment and introduce new ways to create understanding of the damage we are doing to Earth. I am also a 2nd year physics major who is into sustainability, cats (I have three, bordering on crazy cat lady) and making all sorts of things like cakes, scarves and kimchi!

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ELECTIONS ELLIOT ALDER (MORE!) Hi everyone, I’m Elliot, one of your new Enviro Department committee candidates! This year I want to support the Enviro department to continue and expand their awesome initiatives that promote sustainability. I’m all for accidentally saving the world, so I want to work to make it super easy and accessible to be sustainable for everyone.

STELLA MORGAN (MORE!) Hi! I’m Stella, I’m doing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Geography. I’m vegan, and I love the earth. As is the case for most young people, taking care of the environment in every way possible is among my highest priorities. Partly because we live in such a beautiful country, and also because of the mistreatment faced by all ecosystems on this planet. Whether it be through diet change, transport change, or generally a change in how much we consume, I want to provide opportunities and inspiration for students at Melbourne Uni to make their daily habits more! sustainable!

NICOLE NGUYEN (MORE!) Many seem to forget that our earth is a living entity, that it can get sick and destroyed. They choose to brush off the signs of the earth dying: “If it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.” But they shouldn’t treat it that lightly. Everyone should remember what strain they put our planet through, including ourselves. Everyone should be educated on how they can help lessen our planet’s suffering. Even the littlest things like knowing how to separate waste correctly can make a huge difference. It’s time to own up to our actions and help the environment!

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ensure the issues specific to people of colour are represented in UMSU. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

FIONA XIA (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Fiona, and I would be honoured to represent you in the People of Colour Committee and ensure that our diverse needs and interests are heard. Growing up Asian in Australia (© Alice Pung) has meant that I too have experienced racial discrimination and the difficulties of coming to terms with ones’ cultural identity. That’s why I’ll stand up against racism on campus (and everywhere else!), promote cross-cultural understanding and celebrate diversity through various events. I’d also like to provide more support for international PoC

SADAH WEBSTER (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Sadah and I’m running for People of Colour Committee with Stand Up! The growing experience of racism and intolerance at this University (from Nazi salutes to crudely Google-translated ‘you are not welcome here’ posters in Mandarin), coupled with the inadequate responses of Chancellery following this, demand now more than ever an activist and vocal and visible People of Colour department in UMSU in the support and advocacy it provides for students of this community at this university. I stand for Committee with this in mind, and ask you to stand with me: Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

SAM ZAMAN (STAND UP!) Hi, I’m Sam and I’m a second year science student running for the People of Colour committee. As a second generation Bangladeshi Australian and I understand the nuances of living between cultures and the difficulty of find your own identity and voice. Being part of the POC community has provided me with the environment to explore both of my cultures in safe and supportive community. I want to ensure everyone has access to this supportive environment with people who understand the complexities experienced by people of colour. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

NITUL DESHPANDE (STAND UP!) Hey I’m Nitul, a second semester Master of Applied Econometrics student. My values include giving back to the community and leading with exceptional ideas. I’ve been involved with the People of Colour department since my first semester, attending the PoC Collectives, movie screenings and reading groups regularly. I will be working to assist other students of colour with some of the issues that they face discrimination, exploitation on campus and outside. I intend to lobby the University to create and design policies and programmes that can identify racism and help in preventing discrimination. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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Hello there! As a coloured person with upbringings in many countries, I never felt a sense of belonging, until I came to UniMelb. It’s our diverse and multicultural POC community that made me feel truly at home. So naturally, I understand the struggles of race, racism and identity; and I’m always free to talk about such issues, or memes. Now, I can’t promise to overthrow the bourgeoisie, but I can work tirelessly to improve our community and repay y’all for making me feel wanted! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

Hey, I’m Gurpreet and I am studying first year science. Growing up brown in suburban Melbourne, I rarely had a place where I would feel truly at home, so I realise the strength and value a PoC Committee has for people from diverse backgrounds who are connected through shared struggle. I would love to serve on the People of Colour Committee, so I could work with fellow members in providing a strong voice to

Hey, my name is Varusha and I’m a first-year biomedicine student. I understand the importance of having a safe and representative environment for people of colour at university, having grown up in a largely white community in Melbourne. The university is a place where there are students from many

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NEHA AGARWAL (MORE!) Hi, I’m Neha Agarwal. I am an Indian student studying master’s in finance. Having experienced the American and Australian cultures, I know how profound the feeling of not belonging can be. My endeavour is going to be to make international students feel comfortable in their shoes and to appreciate, celebrate and recover cultures that have been erased historically. I’d also like to develop the conversation on intersectional feminism. My beliefs are rooted in love and inclusion and I look forward to bringing more of just that this year in everything I do.

A’BIDAH ZAID SHIRBEENI (MORE!) Hey, I’m A’bidah! I’m a second-year Arts student from Singapore. As an International Student, and a Person of Colour, I’ve stared down racism in the eye and understand the fear of being racially and/or religiously attacked in a country that isn’t your own. It’s 2018, and yes, racism still exists. It’s a challenge that majority of us People of Colour face and it’s scarier than it seems. Having gone through such, I want to be on the PoC Committee to not only combat racism, but to also be part of your support system and your home, away from home.

MAHA MASROOR (MORE!) Hey, students of UniMelb! I’m running for the PoC Committee because I want to represent all things and people of beautiful colours. I’m the perfect mix of this (PoC) and that (international) to relate to the troubles and joys of an average PoC on campus (trust me, the article ‘I am Brown before I am Human’ in a recent Farrago edition hits home everytime!). I want More! support, More! facilities, More! activities, More! safe spaces, and most importantly, a More! exhilarating university experience for ya’ll. If you wanna know more about me, come chat with me during election week.

KA TANG (MORE!) I am an ABC who has been torn between my Chinese and Australian identity. I so furiously wanted to get myself as far away as I could from my Chinese identity, but as I grew up, I realised that it should be something that I’m proud of. Through my personal development and growth, I have come to understand the discourses surrounding ones identity and belonging and how a lack of representation of PoC in the media can seriously affect other individuals. As a hopeful committee member, I hope learn new things and look at issues in a new perspective.

ALLEN XIAO (MORE!) I’d start with some inspirational tumblr quote, but when your life is sucked up by Biomed you’re a bit too sleep deprived to be creative. Born in China and raised in Australia, I’ve always been passionate about minority voices and their representation in the wider community- which despite many great strides (shoutout to Lee Lin Chin) is sadly still lacking. At a time where intolerance is on the rise, I want to make a stand for understanding against stereotyping, learning over ignorance. Get around it, make your voice heard- and vote!

EZRA BANGUN (MORE!) Heya, Ezra here! Although the world has become more progressive, there are still ignorance and hate within some

people towards those who are different to themselves. As an international student, I believe that I could be a great addition to the PoC committee, contributing perspectives on the issues facing international students. I believe that the PoC department is responsible in aiding the welfare of and providing safe space for PoC. However, it would be amazing for PoC to go even further, helping in enhancing understanding and acceptance between PoC of different backgrounds as well as non-PoC. More! culture, More! Love.

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Hey! I’m Nour. Not Nora. Just Nour. As an Egyptian-Saudi Arabian woman who lived in the States for a bit, no one knows why I ended up in Australia. I barely know myself, but I do know that I love it here. However, it, like any other place, comes with its disadvantages. What helped me feel the safest given these circumstances is the People of Colour department. I feel understood and respected in that space, and it has definitely helped me adjust to my stay in Australia. I’d love to help do the same for incoming students of colour.

QUEER COMMITTEE SHANA COCHRANE (STAND UP!) Hey, I’m Shana and I’m a first year Arts student. I believe there needs to be an emphasis on creating an inclusive and safe environment for all students, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. As a queer person, I have actively been involved in the incredible work of organisations, such as Equal Love, in their attempt to improve the situation of LGBTQ+ communities. I am hoping to join UMSU so that everyone is given the opportunity to voice their opinion, feel comfortable, and challenge the peril of queerphobia in society and university. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

SALONI SWAMINATHAN (STAND UP!) My name is Saloni and i’m running for Queer Committee with Stand Up! The queer community is such a beautiful, and diverse community and it would be amazing to be able to represent it at the University of Melbourne. I’d like to make sure that queer students feel supported with more events, and targeted advocacy for issues like queer homelessness, gender neutral bathrooms, as well as mental health support. There are so many things that impact queer students that can be fixed with the Queer Department, and I think Stand Up! can do that! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

MAX TATT (STAND UP!) My name is Max and I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne. I’m running with Stand Up! because ensuring that queer students are represented and treated in an equal manner as non-queer students at University is extremely important, especially when aiming to make University accessible and welcoming to all students, no matter their sexual orientation. Continuing to create an environment where queer students are celebrated and are welcomed through accessibility to support services, a variety of events and communal queer spaces is very important to me as a queer individual! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

SADAH WEBSTER (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Sadah and I’m running for Queer Committee! I believe that the University fails to deliver on many of the things it advertises in its marketing like the quality of the student experience and the level of support for students, ESPECIALLY for students who identify as queer or questioning. Rely on me to use my position in the committee to direct the Queer department and its officers to keep calling loudly on the university to do better for this community and to hold the

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ELEANOR RYAN (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Ellie and I’m a first year law student. I’m running for the Queer Committee because I think that UMSU has a key role to play in making both social and educational spaces at university welcoming and safe for queer people. As a law student, I know that there is a lot more that the law school could be doing to teach our subjects in a queer-friendly way. I’m keen to hear from other queer students how other faculties could improve and advocate to academic staff for those changes. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

THOMAS RANDS (STAND UP!) Hi my name’s Tom and I wanna be on Queer Committee! Life as a queer student is difficult. We have higher rates of mental illness, housing is more precarious, and we have to worry about institutional homophobia at nearly every level of the university. I want to be on Queer Committee because I believe that the student union can fix this! A strong Queer Department not only supports queer students within UMSU, but it can talk to the university to ensure that all students feel supported and safe in the community. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

MICHAEL HANGGODO (STAND UP!) Hi! My name’s Michael and I’m running with Stand Up! for Queer Committee! Being a queer student at the University of Melbourne means that I get to be a part of a amazing community that supports and cares for each other and I think the role of the Queer Department is to help foster and nurture this community. If I am elected, I will advocate as best I can for greater and better support for Queer students at this university, especially those who are not in the position to be out, vocal and loud. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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EZRA BANGUN (MORE!) YAS, Ezra here! Though the world has become a better place for queer people (YAS marriage equality), there are still unsettling rifts between some people. I believe that I could be a great addition to the committee as I embrace identities that rarely mix together (Queer, international, PoC, religious, introvert). I believe that Queer department should provide safe spaces for queer students as well as providing discussion spaces between queer people and people outside the sphere. It is important to learn from each other. We all might be different, but that’s what makes the world awesome. More! YAS, More! love.

JACKSON YOUNG (MORE!) Hey there, my name’s Jackson, and I enjoy long walks on the beach, candle-lit dinners and social justice! If elected to Queer Committee I want to help make the already vibrant Queer Department more open and accessible to those who are questioning their sexual and gender identity, as well as help build on the welfare services provided by the department. By voting [1] for More!, you’re voting for a safer and more inclusive Union!

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A’BIDAH ZAID SHIRBEENI (MORE!) Hey, I’m A’bidah! I’m a second-year Arts student from Singapore. I’m a Queer Person of Colour and plot twist a Muslim (yes, we exist). I want to be on the Queer Committee because I believe that the people on the committee should be as diverse as the myriad of religions, sexual expression and gender that exist at University. I believe in the importance of visibility, which will push the committee to be more inclusive, loving and above all, accepting, regardless of one’s identity and beliefs. I’m unapologetically me, and I want to help you be unapologetically you too.

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RAPH CANTY (MORE!) Hi, I’m Raph! The UMSU Queer department is such a vibrant and supportive community which I’m grateful to be part of. It’s helped me to find myself and I want every student at this University to have the same opportunity as I’ve had to feel supported in discovering their sexuality. I’m aware of the great diversity which exists within our community, and I hope that I can contribute my portion of queer identity to the committee, which will continue to support and provide a safe space for all students under the LGBTIAQ+ umbrella and beyond.

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ERICA WILD (STAND UP!) My name is Erica and I’m running for VCA Committee because I think this school fosters an incredible environment of creatives coming together to further our craft, but I also think there are many ways in which it needs improving. The study conditions which we are subjected to are unacceptable. The hours which we are expected to work are disgraceful. The conditions in which many students are expected to live in to survive are deplorable. These things need to change and I believe Stand Up! will bring about those changes. Stand Up! Vote [1] Stand Up! for a better VCA.

HAYLEY EDWARDS (STAND UP!) Hey, my name is Hayley and I’m a first year acting student at VCA. i have spent 6 months on this campus being subject to subpar conditions and experiencing entirely unprofessional treatment and I will not continue to stand for being educated in this environment. I want to be on VCA Committee because I want to stand up (!) to a system that forces us to work unjust hours under outrageous conditions. We deserve an UMSU that stands with us and advocates for us. Stand with me for the campus we deserve and Vote [1] Stand Up! for a better/ over word count

NOAH HUXTABLE (STAND UP!) I’m Noah and i’m a third year production student. I’m the angriest student that’s come out of VCA - I’ve had classmates disappear because of stress, i’ve been forced to study 80 hour weeks, and the amount of OHS violations that i’ve encountered can be counted on two hands. VCA needs to be fixed, 8/40 of my course dropped out this year alone. We need more than BBQs - it needs proper advocacy by UMSU to make students lives better. I think Stand Up! Is the ONLY ticket that can do that. For a better VCA campus, Vote [1] Stand Up!

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ELECTIONS CARMODY NICOL (STAND UP!) Hi, I’m Carmody and I’m a second year production student. I moved from Newcastle to study and I’ve been lucky enough to be supported. If i hadn’t have had that support I’m not sure how i would’ve been able to financially make it through my course. The gruelling hours of production limit the ability of students to hold down employment throughout their degree making this art form inaccessible to many students. I want to see production be more accessible to all students, that’s why I’m running for VCA Committee with Stand Up! Vote [1] Stand Up! for a better VCA.

MOLLY WARD (STAND UP!) My name’s Molly, I’m a second year production student. VCA is rife with student welfare issues. Construction has overtaken our entire campus and taken away most of our student spaces, we have little support from our student services, and we’re overworked in our courses. What’s the point of having a student association if they are not actively campaigning to stop these issues - im sick of events that dont address these issues. We need a union that can fix these issues, we need a union with Stand Up! Vote [1] Stand Up! For a better VCA.

CARTER MURSELL (MORE!) NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

NICOLE NG (MORE!) NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

HAYDEN WILLIAMS (MORE!) NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

IOANNIS SIDIROPOULOS NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

WELFARE COMMITTEE JANE MICHELLE SERRAO (MORE!) I am sure most of you have heard about the Welfare Department and the events they hold during the semester. Breakfasts every day, free yoga, Zumba and meditation classes and also campaigns with other departments. Being a second-year student, I can relate to the hectic student life and troubles. I have enjoyed being part of Welfare and had one of the best years helping them organise amazing events for the student community. I want to be able to help the department continue providing these amazing events and organise many more so that students get their money’s worth.

SAMANTHA TIRTAJAYA (MORE!) Hello! My name is Samantha Tirtajaya and I’d love to be a member of the Welfare Committee. I am a second year Bachelor of Commerce student and thoroughly enjoyed my experience volunteering with UMSU Welfare last semester. Welfare is an integral part of UMSU and I am passionate about supporting the non-academic aspect of the student life. Through my position, I would like to promote the Welfare services to students so you can have More! free breakfast, yoga and Zumba!

best university experience possible. The time we have at uni is short and memorable, and we are here to make the experience more perfect. This is Kash Ngan here, and I will be here to perfect your Uni life.

KAMOL KIN (MORE!) Hi, Kamol here, joining More! Welfare committee this year I plan to introduce many exciting activities to better the wellbeing of students, focusing on food. Let’s be real, who in Unimelb doesn’t love a good free snag and drink at south lawn? But we all know those fatty sausages can’t be good for you. That is why I hope to expose students to other options to benefits both your body, your mind, and your tongue (most important). With events like breakfast club, free sandwich, fruit day, your boy got you covered for free eats that is beneficial to your wellbeing.

OUYANG XIONG (MORE!) Hello, I’m Ouyang Xiong and would love to run for Welfare Officer. I am passionate about solving the issues and fighting for the best interest of all students. As your officer, I committed to consistently provide services and benefits for you with the more inclusive, enjoyable and supportive experience, to ensure your wellbeing including standing against bullying, discrimination and harassment on campus, to continue and expand the Food bank, Community Involvement Program, Stress Less week and other help services, and to run a campaign for an extension of the free tram zone . Vote 1 More! More Love!

SIMING HAO (MORE!)

Hi, everybody, this is Siming Hao, you can also call me Mike. It’s a great honour to be running for welfare committee. The department provides students many extracurricular events, and is a vital point of call for many. My plan for next year is to focus on those events that get high feedback from you and make them More! interesting, so that they can not only make you feel the beauty of uni life, but also solve your puzzles and make Melbourne uni and welfare another home for you. If you want a More! vibrant campus, vote [1] More!

SHI MEEN YEO (MORE!) Being quite the oddball, I have always enjoyed making my friends laugh! Being in the welfare committee gives me the opportunity to be able to brighten the days of many other students who might need an extra boost for a day at uni! I hope to be able to encourage them to stress a little less and live a little More! If you want More! for your student union, More! fun, More! laughs, and a More! passionate and compassionate student representative, vote [1] More!

JESSICA MADANAYAKE (STAND UP!) Hi everyone! My name is Dani, and I’m currently completing my Masters in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing. I’m running for a position on the Welfare Committee. During my first semester at university, I was involved in the Community Involvement Program. I did 90.5 hours of volunteering, and was also the Social Media Manager for the department’s Instagram page. Having gotten so involved in the department, I would love to be able to commit myself to this role and continue to help to further improve the department. Please vote for me and Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

EMMA PARKINSON (STAND UP!)

NGAN KASH (MORE!) As a Design student, we experience huge pressures from upcoming assignment every second. Don’t we deserve time to rest and receive support? That’s why I’m running for Welfare committee. We need change and all of us deserve support when we need it. The Welfare Department is the best way for us to support students and make sure everyone has the

Hey, my name’s Emma, I’m in my first year of arts, and I’m running for the Welfare committee! I believe that UMSU welfare does such an important job at our university in helping and supporting every student. This is especially important for students like myself who come from interstate or disadvantaged backgrounds, and don’t have much of a safety

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ELECTIONS net. I would love to be able to help support other students in this situation by supporting programs like the food bank, the free breakfasts, and advocating for better mental health services on campus. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

DEAN KAROPOULOS (STAND UP!) Hi! At the beginning of the year, I was new to Melbourne, and it was volunteering through Welfare that gave me my first group of friends and made me feel at home. I’m running for a position on the Welfare committee as I’d love to be able to give back to the incredible people in this department, and to see Welfare services extended to give a broader range and number of people the experience I was lucky enough to have. Student’s welfare comes first, and I’m ready to work hard for it. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

NADINE NEWELL (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Nadine and I’m a first-year science student. I empathise with the stress of university lifestyle and I want to help students manage any burdens they may carry from any background. I believe everyone should be able to have access to basic needs and services. Services and activities that improve, help and most importantly are fun and welcoming for students. Welfare provides a lending hand to anyone that needs it. By being a representative on the committee I can speak your concerns and needs and fight to have them addressed by UMSU. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

WOMEN’S COMMITTEE NICOLE NGUYEN (MORE!) Hi! I’m Nicole and I’m running for the Women’s Department, where we are not there to woo men. I’m here to promote autonomy: a term that embodies freedom and independence while being mindful of others. I want this concept to be more widespread in our community, so that everyone feels safe and respected. To achieve these goals, we must not only empower ourselves but support each other in order to create change. To do this, I aspire to slam gender stereotypes and provide emotional catharsis for all women, and want to fight to create a safer campus for all students.

NURUL JUHRIA BINTE KAMAL (MORE!) Hey! I’m Juhria, a second-year Arts student doing Media and Politics from Singapore. Being a female international student, I’ve unfortunately experienced some discrimination that no one should go through — and I will try my darn best to stop this from happening to anyone. I’m passionate about women empowerment and creating a safe space which shields us from the harshness of a patriarchal system (fight me!). I understand the importance of having an accessible platform for our voices and having familiar faces representing the community to foster inclusivity — something I will actively fight for when voted into the committee.

CHRISTIAN GIOIA (STAND UP!)

NOUR ALTOUKHI (MORE!)

My name is Christian Gioia and I’d like to be apart of the UMSU Welfare Committee, because I know personally University life can be tough enough even when you’re in a secure position. Having finished my Bachelors in Commerce and now commencing a Masters in IT, I’ve got a pretty solid understanding of what Melbourne University offers its students in terms of support and what its sorely missing out on. I believe together as united front we can provide students the resources necessary to navigate University’s challenges with greater ease. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

Hey! I’m Nour. As an Egyptian-Saudi Arabian woman you could say I’ve experienced a fair bit of anger from unfair first-hand experiences. I’m always working towards channelling that anger in respect and understanding for WoC. I truly believe that cooperation in the quest of ameliorating women’s issues and abolishing gender norms should be a norm amongst all members of all communities. I aim to embody intersectionality in order to ensure that all women and non-binary students have access to resources that accommodate their varied needs. Rather than providing you a voice, my goal is to help you amplify your own.

HANNAH LI (STAND UP!) Hi, my name’s Hannah and I’m running for the Welfare Committee with Stand Up! because from my first day at uni the Welfare Department has touched me. From the free breakfasts, to the food bank, to the meditation classes and stress less week, the Welfare department has the ability to positively impact every students experience at Melbourne Uni. I want to be part of not only keeping the programs it runs thriving but introducing new programs to further its reach. I believe that Stand Up! is the ticket that can do that. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

TALLULAH DUFFY (MORE!) My names Tallulah, I’m a second-year science student majoring in pathology. I’m running for women’s committee because I recognise that women still aren’t offered the support they deserve on and off campus. Sexual violence is still a huge issue for students and women and I believe the university isn’t doing enough to protect and empower females. Vote [1] for More! And I’ll make sure more pressure is put on the University to end violence against women and provide safety and support for the whole student body.

CIARA O’SULLIVAN (MORE!)

ALEC WATT (STAND UP!) Hey my name is Alec Watt and I`ll be running for a place in the welfare committee representing Stand Up! I believe that your wellbeing is an essential part of your life on campus, because being in a good state in terms of wellbeing will only work to maximise your time at university! I want to make sure that any issues that you may face which directly affect your welfare on campus are made known, and we will strongly advocate on your behalf to ensure your voice is heard! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

I’m a first-year arts student (cue unemployment jokes) that know more can and should be done for women at this university. Chuck a 1 for More! And in return I will promote recognition and acceptance for all people who identify as women, INCLUDING trans women. Perhaps more importantly I will work to address absolutely appalling culture of sexual assault on campus. The services for students affected are insufficient; the consequences for perpetrators are nonexistent. If elected I will do everything to push for the equality of ALL women and appropriate support and recognition for us all. Smash the patriarchy.

KA TANG (MORE!) As a woman, I have experienced first hand, of the inequalities that we have to go through daily. Through my knowledge and experience on the matter, I hope to bring a sense of comfort

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OUYANG XIONG (MORE!) Hello, Ouyang Xiong here, I would love to run for Women’s Officer. I am passionate about fighting for the women’s rights and support women students with a prominent voice. To ensure all women students to feel safe and supported both on and off campus, we will run safety on campus campaign, continue and improve the intersectional groups, and bring new initiatives like providing opportunities for women students to advance their practical skills needed for career. If elected, we’ll involve more women in to make the campus a inclusive, supportive and safe place.

XUEYING LU NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

ZHIYU ZHAO NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

VINDHYA VASINI SHATDARSANAM NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

EVA ADDINSALL (STAND UP!) My name is Eva Addinsall and I am a feminist, and I want to be elected because I want EVERYONE to be a feminist too. I want the union to fight for those who identify as a woman or non-binary, to push the importance of consent and continue the conversation on toxic masculinity. I am sick of men at the university making decisions about issues which disproportionately affect women, and I want our voices to be privileged, taken seriously and ACTED UPON. If you want to see real progress for women on campus, Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

RHEA MADAN (STAND UP!) Hi, I’m Rhea. I’m a first year arts student and I’m running for Women’s Committee with Stand Up! I’m originally from Delhi and I detest seeing the violence against and mistreatment of women that is prevalent in my hometown reflected to any extent on the campus that I choose to call home. Sexual violence is a pandemic at this university and I believe we should stand together and stand up against. I want to see the culture that causes sexual violence ended and this is why I’m running for Women’s Committee with Stand Up! Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

NAOMI SMITH (STAND UP!) Hi, I’m Naomi and I’m passionate about making this campus a safer and more accessible place for people who identify as women. The UMSU women’s department offers great support systems and resources for women. However, I feel that often our University administration fails us on pressing issues. As a student, I have encountered many issues that disproportionately affect women. I’m running for the women’s committee because I think it’s important that we advocate for: a safer campus, more access to and for funding for counselling services, and support for students facing financial hardship. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

SHERRY DU (STAND UP!) Hi there! I’m Sherry - a fourth year science/music student. Having experienced a fair few years of student life on campus, I think it is more important now than ever to let the female

student voice be heard and I want to assist in creating a smoothly operating university space that is inclusive of everyone. The Women’s department is a safe environment that values equality, and offers support to femme-identifiers no matter their background. It is my goal to further enhance this culture and promote the education of females in all areas. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

CHRISTINE SEMERDJIAN (STAND UP!) Hello! I would love the opportunity to be on the Women’s Committee in 2019, contributing to the ongoing work of the department in addressing women’s barriers to education. I want to ensure that University is a safe place for all women, through continuing the department’s commitment to the ‘End Rape on Campus’ campaign. Accessibility to classes is also important. I want to make sure the department is doing all it can to lessen the risk of being burdened by the emotional labour that comes from past traumas, through the use of trigger warnings. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

SAM ZAMAN (STAND UP!) Hi, I’m Sam and I’m a second year science student running for the Women’s committee. As woman of colour, I have experienced the sexism and double standards within the South East Asian community and I believe we need greater diversity in the discussions of women and ensure all women and non-binary student are included. I’m very passionate about women’s sport and the promotion of the game. I want to ensure all women are given opportunities to get involved in all aspects of sport. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

GRACE SANDERS (STAND UP!) My names Grace Sanders and I’m running for womens committee because i’m angry. I’m angry about the rates of sexual violence on campus. I’m angry about hazing and I’m angry that the womens department has to focus on sexual assault instead of the infinite other issues that the patriarchy has caused for women. I’m running for womens committee because I want to be part of ending sexual violence on our campus and starting to focus on ending a new form of oppression women face, there are so many. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower yourself!

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BENEDICT KUSAY NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

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CHRISTOPHER KOUNELIS NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

IOANNIS SIDIROPOULOS NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

DESIREE CAI (MORE!) Hi my name is Desiree, and I love student unions. I love the University of Melbourne Student Union here on campus, but I also believe that it is so important that the national representative union in Australia- the National Union of Students is performing at its best. When there are federal attacks to higher education and student welfare, it is so

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ELECTIONS important that there is a national body to coordinate strong campaigns on our issues and represent all students. That’s why i’m running for delegate and that’s why i’ll be fighting for a transparent, effective National Union if I’m elected.

fight for a student union that fights for us! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for NUS Delegate - we make a/ over word limit

MELINDA SUTER (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS)

The NUS has the ability to empower students to stand up for the issues that matter to them. NUS can bring students together to fight against cuts to education and new start and push for change in the ways universities handle sexual assault and harassment on campus. I want to be your NUS delegate because I want Melbourne Uni’s voice to be loud and proud on those issues and many others. Our campus should be at the forefront of fighting for students and I believe being a strong voice in the NUS is where that starts.

Hi, I’m Nick and I’m running for National Union of Students Delegate with Melbourne Socialists. NUS is the peak representative body for students in Australia. It’s organised campaigns to win marriage equality, to fight attacks to education, demand free education and to force the government to stop spending millions of dollars on arms manufacturing. These campaigns have been organised because socialists have been elected as representatives. I want to continue that work and fight for a student union that fights for us! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for NUS Delegate - we make a difference

JACK BUKSH (MORE!)

NICK REICH (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS)

SOPHIE KERRIGAN (MORE!)

Hi, I’m Jack – a first year Arts student. The National Union of Students is the only peak representative body for tertiary students and it has never been more important. The NUS runs large-scale campaigns against the government’s war on students and it is vital that the NUS continues to get stronger. I’d like to ensure that UMSU builds its relationship with the NUS and represent you at the NUS National Conference.

NAOMI SMITH (MORE!) Hi I’m Naomi and I believe that the NUS has the power to advocate for students across the country and represent our interests, but it can only do this effectively when we support it while also looking at areas for improvement. I want to make NUS National Conference more accessible to all students, and I want to write policy that will directly benefit University of Melbourne students. I want to be your voice at conference and fight for a strong and progressive national union, because only then can they properly support us and our campus.

ISA PENDRAGON (MORE!) NO STATEMENT RECEIVED

JOSHUA BRUNI (MORE!) Howdy! My name is Josh, I’m from Doncaster, and I’m here to help. For too long, the National Union of Students has been dominated by unrepresentative special interest groups, which do not consider the interests of ordinary students. I’m here to change that. If elected, I will be a passionate advocate of increasing the transparency of the organisation, including live streaming its National Conference. NUS needs to make itself more accessible, otherwise it will remain an undemocratic institution. I will forcefully push for change from within, including cutting down on wasteful spending, and greater cooperation with other national student bodies.

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TERENCE TAYLOR (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Terence and I’m running for National Union of Students Delegate with Melbourne Socialists. NUS is the peak representative body for students in Australia. It’s organised campaigns to win marriage equality, to fight attacks to education, demand free education and to force the government to stop spending millions of dollars on arms manufacturing. These campaigns have been organised because socialists have been elected as representatives. I want to continue that work and fight for a student union that fights for us! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for NUS Delegate - we make a difference

SHONTELLE FISHER (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Shonty and I’m running for National Union of Students Delegate with Melbourne Socialists. NUS is the peak representative body for students in Australia. It’s organised campaigns to win marriage equality, to fight attacks to education, demand free education and to force the government to stop spending millions of dollars on arms manufacturing. These campaigns have been organised because socialists have been elected as representatives. I want to continue that work and fight for a student union that fights for us! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for NUS Delegate - we make a difference

EMILY WHITE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS)

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ANNEKE DEMANUELE (MELBOURNE SOCIALISTS) Hi, I’m Anneke and I’m running for National Union of Students Delegate with Melbourne Socialists. I’m a former NUS education officer and want to continue to promote left wing campaigns in our national union. NUS has organised campaigns to win marriage equality, to fight attacks to education, demand free education and to force the government to stop spending millions of dollars on arms manufacturing. These were organised because socialists were elected as representatives. I want to continue that work and

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Hi, I’m Nick and I’m running for National Union of Students Delegate with Melbourne Socialists. NUS is the peak representative body for students in Australia. It’s organised campaigns to win marriage equality, to fight attacks to education, demand free education and to force the government to stop spending millions of dollars on arms manufacturing. These campaigns have been organised because socialists have been elected as representatives. I want to continue that work and fight for a student union that fights for us! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for NUS Delegate - we make a difference

Hi, I’m Emily and I’m running for National Union of Students Delegate with Melbourne Socialists. NUS is the peak representative body for students in Australia. It’s organised campaigns to win marriage equality, to fight attacks to education, demand free education and to force the government to stop spending millions of dollars on arms manufacturing. These campaigns have been organised because socialists have been elected as representatives. I want to continue that work and fight for a student union that fights for us! Vote [1] Melbourne Socialists for NUS Delegate - we make a difference

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ELECTIONS ALICE SMITH (STAND UP!) Hi guys, my name is Alice Smith and I’m a third year Arts student and the current Education Academic Office Bearer at UMSU. I had the privilege of being a NUS delegate to last year’s National Conference, and this meant I had the opportunity to write policy that directly affected University of Melbourne students. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to reform the NUS but having had previous experience at the National Conference I feel I am in a good place to help make that change this year. Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

MOLLY WILLMOTT (STAND UP!) Hi, I’m Molly. I’m not going to write this statement and pretend that NUS is perfect. There are so many issues to do with its culture that needs to be changed. We need greater transparency and accountability from our national union. I do, however, believe that one cannot stand on the boundaries and yell. It’s scabby to do this to Australia’s peak student representative body. We need to get actively involved to make our union a stronger, more representative place for students, and thats why im running for delegate. Chuck a vote to Stand Up! Empower yourself AND NUS.

BURNLEY COMMITTEE BY-ELECTION (2018) MADELEINE LIVINGSTON PROVISIONALLY ELECTED

DISABILITIES COMMITTEE BY-ELECTION (2018) JOCELYN DEANE (MORE!) PROVISIONALLY ELECTED

VCA CAMPUS COORDINATOR BY-ELECTION (2018) HILARY EKINS (MORE!) PROVISIONALLY ELECTED

NONI BRIDGER (STAND UP!) Hi! I’m Noni and I’m running for NUS delegate because I am passionate about student unionism and representation within student run organisations. I’ve attended many NUS conferences before, such as Education conference, National conference and the Network of Women Students Australia conference which have all been an enriching experience. I want to advocate for change within NUS and I see room for improvement from my previous experiences at conferences. I want to represent UMSU and the students of the University of Melbourne with their best interest in mind. Please consider me for this position when you Vote [1] Stand Up!

HANNAH BUCHAN (STAND UP!) Hey, my name is Hannah and I think the NUS is grouse. In fact, I think the N-U-S is the B-E-S(t)! The National Union of Students is the peak representative body for students and it’s really important that it acts in the best interest of students. Campaigns run by NUS make the government actually listen to students, and makes them become accountable for their actions when they try to make cuts to education. I would like to continue the relationship that UMSU has with NUS, and make sure that the voices of students are heard.

CONOR CLEMENTS (STAND UP!) As UMSU’s Education Public Officer for 2018, I have worked closely with the National Union of Students both on and off campus. The national union has an important role to play in the lives of students, and as a delegate for Melbourne University, I aim to have my say in shaping the policy for NUS in 2019. If elected, at National Conference, I will ensure that issues related to students are put first; things like opposing wage theft, campaigning for free higher education, and ensuring that we have a level playing field once we enter the job market.

RAJAN DOMINIC ROQUE ILAGAN (STAND UP!) Hi I’m Dom and I’m running for NUS delegate because I froth NUS. NUS is the peak body for student representation and it’s important that they hear the voices of all students that they represent. As much as I love NUS it has problems that can only be fixed with good representation of students across a wide range of background and experiences. I have previous experience with NUS conferences so I can see the what and how it needs to be fixed. Help me become delegate when you Vote [1] Stand Up! Empower Yourself!

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