Unless you’ve been quarantined from Campus and social networking, you must know that the SUSU elections have been taking place this week. From collages of posters to dangerously hung banners to interrupted lectures, there is little escape from the campaign teams, but what do you guys think? Photographer Will Russell and myself were on the Concourse to ask you all what you think about this year’s elections:
With the votes being tallied, why not reminisce on how elections have gone. Thank you to the lovely people around on Monday 25th February, who were kind enough to answer the questions in the cold. First and probably most important question:
Do you care about the SUSU Elections?
Jono (2nd Year, English):
‘I feel I should…’
Matt (3rd Year, Bio-medic):
‘A little bit…’
In fact almost everyone that we asked said ‘No’, but there were a few who did, if only a little bit or for friends.
So, is this all a big waste of time?
Lawrence (3rd Year, Film):
Hannah (1st Year, Occupational Therapy):
‘Yes, and paper!’
Baiba (2nd Year, Management and Entrepreneurship):
‘No, just because I’m not into it doesn’t mean it isn’t important to us all.’
(Baiba preferred not to be photographed)
Is a good pun important and could it help sway your vote?
Sophie (2nd Year, Criminology):
‘I think it is. It makes it more memorable’
Michael and Albert:
‘Yeah, and a good photo too.’
Vitay: ‘A good poster, definitely. There are too many so you need one that catches your eye.’
Matt: ‘Yeah, some puns are…questionable. Some are too obvious as well.’
What’s more important: Manifestos or Campaigns or is there something else?
Prudence and Jen (2nd Year, Physics):
‘A mixture of both. I’ll look them up before I vote for them.’
Claire and Tom:
‘A mixture of everything, but definitely the manifestos.’
Finally, what are the best and worst parts of the election period?
Catherine (2nd Year, English):
‘The best thing is probably seeing people getting involved.
The worst part is all the Facebook Notifications!’
Nicole (Fine art graduate):
‘I’ve never seen the spirit of it in Winchester so it’s nice to see it all.
The worst part is there is quite heavy controversy sometimes.’
‘You have to put into it and campaigning can be pushy.
The best bit is that it raises awareness of what’s going on and gets people to say what they want to happen.’
So there we go. A mixture of opinions about the election process. Whilst some people don’t seem to care, those who do are getting involved and enjoying it while it lasts. Although there was a lot of pushy campaigning and walls plastered in posters, make sure you check out who wins later this evening.
The Wessex Scene will be live-blogging from 8pm updating you with all the information as it happens.