THE ELECTIONS PULL OUT!
7 - 9
Voting Open: 7 March at 9 am 9 March 5pm 2012 vote.kcl.ac.uk
Elections - What’s All the Fuss About?
But wait, don’t switch off just yet. And we know that lots of you do switch off at this point, as whilst last year’s Spring elections saw over 4500
On the bright side however, last year’s voter and candidate numbers smashed records from previous years, and this year once more candidate numbers are record breaking. 37 candidates will be swarming around campus this year to get your votes (whilst UCL’s elections see a measly 11 people competing for their full time officer positions!). I hope that this jump in candidates will see a jump in voter turnout.
VICE PRESIDENT ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
So why vote?
If you’ve ever moaned about King’s or KCLSU (anything from the condition of teaching rooms, library provision, amount of spam you get in your inbox, how hard the website is to navigate, how you have to keep forking out for printing, whatever), now is your chance to do something about it. Have a look at the manifestos. If someone’s promising to sort out a particular gripe of yours, they may be the candidate for you! Maybe you actually don’t have any issues with King’s and KCLSU, in which case, take a look at which can-
VICE PRESIDENT STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES
didates are going to just improve the great things that already exist. You wouldn’t want some under representative Officer who only got a few thousand votes, running amok blowing what little budget there is available on projects you don’t want, would you?
The role of the Student Officer is an odd one – the last 8 months have been the most interesting, frustrating and fun time of my life. They only have a year to make as many changes as they can, and in a place as complex and – and I hope I can get away with saying this – sometimes disorganised, as King’s, this is a hard thing to do. Similarly, KCLSU doesn’t have
VICE PRESIDENT STUDENT MEDIA AND ENGAGEMENT
all the money we’d like to make all the changes we want RIGHT NOW (Media rooms with all mod cons anyone?). However, changes do happen, and when they do, they make a real difference. Make sure that the next Student Officers are proposing the changes that YOU’D like to see. Still not convinced? At least take the opportunity to exercise your democratic right. Vote RON if you have to. Just VOTE.
Welcome to the Spring Student Officer and Trustee Elections 2012!
people voting, still 80% of King’s students chose not to vote. Or didn’t know they could vote. Or really didn’t want to vote. Both reasons are pretty disheartening to think about.
There’s not an inch of space left on KCLSU walls. You’ve been invited – or unknowingly added - to at least three different ‘vote’ groups on Facebook (thanks Facebook for making that possible). You notice individuals haring around campus, looking a little on edge, eager to speak to ‘YOU! Are you a King’s student?!’.
Fran Allfrey - Current VPSME
TRUSTEES 1 x 15 Month term 2 x 2 Year term
Published on Oct 26, 2013