Union Elections: Meet the Candidates 1 – Liveblog

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With voting opening today, Wessex Scene have prime seats for the first of two ‘Meet the Candidates’ events on the Concourse. Tonight we will hear from candidates for VP Education, VP Sports Development, VP Engagement and VP Democracy and Creative Industries. Keep reading to hear the latest news from us as it happens with our Liveblog.

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  2. Candidate Interview: Simon Pinney, Union President
  3. Candidate Interview: Thomas Gravatt, VP Engagement
  4. Candidate Interviews: Greg Williams, VP Democracy and Creative Industries
  5. Candidate Interview: Dan Varley, VP Engagement
  6. Candidate Interview: Sam Higman, VP Welfare
  7. Candidate Interview: Kirby Moore, Union President
  8. Candidate Interview: Ben Parker, VP Sports Development
  9. Candidate Interviews: Flora Noble, Union President
  10. Candidate Interviews: Stephen Gore, VP Sports Development
  11. Candidates Interviews: Alex Hovden, Union President
  12. Candidate Interview: Amelia Ng, VP Democracy and Creative Industries
  13. Candidate Interview: Arun Aggarwal, VP Student Communities
  14. Candidate Interview: Leyla Elsey, VP Welfare
  15. Candidate Interview: Henry Lane, Union President
  16. Candidate Interview: Evie Reilly, VP Democracy and Creative Industries
  17. Candidate Interview: Liam St Dennis, VP Welfare
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  25. Union Elections 2017: Post-Election Analysis
  26. Union Elections 2017: Exit Poll Results
avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20177:02 pm

Welcome to the 2017 Meet the Candidates for the Spring Elections! Tonight, we will be meeting the candidates for VP Engagement, VP DCI and VP Education. Stay tuned for all the information!

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20177:06 pm

Voting opened at midday today and already over 1000 students have placed votes for the candidates they want to see in sabbatical and student leader positions!

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20177:07 pm

Welcome to the 2017 Meet the Candidates for the Spring Elections! Tonight, we will be meeting the candidates for VP Engagement, VP Sports and Engagement VP DCI and VP Education. Stay tuned for all the information!

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avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20177:28 pm

With 3 minutes to go until the grilling begins let’s look at some of the stats after day 1 of voting …

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20177:29 pm

Over 1000 students have sealed over 8000 votes with turnout currently standing at 3%

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20177:31 pm

And we’re LIVE!

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20177:37 pm

The grilling begins with the two VP Engagement candidates Thomas Gravatt and Dan Varley …

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Gravett thinks that the key to an engaging Union is an ‘open’ Union

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Varley says ‘keeping student voice at heart’ of Union is key

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Gravatt says we need to ‘learn the lessons from the re-brand’

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Varley discusses his union rewards points-based system

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Asked about danger of union rewards points system increasing prices, Varley says ‘aim would be to not rise prices’

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Gravatt proposes working with residents associations in Southampton to combat the bad blood between students and the local Southampton population

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Conversation turns to a permanent space for RAG on campus …

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Gravatt asked about his involvement in societies in the Union. Emphasizes role in University Liberal Democrat Society

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Varley says we need to stop dwelling on the re-brand and move forward…

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and that concludes the engagement interviews, lots of interesting points raised from both candidates

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We’re now backstage with Varley and Gravatt!

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Backstage are jumping straight into, digging out Tom’s first ever tweet was ‘enjoyed my poo with the doctor’; which was apparently written by his housemate …

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This year Tom is taking the elections 100% seriously, after the fun of running from last year. And Dan comments that he has more ideas this year.

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20177:59 pm

Dan, VP engagement we know is not a real word, you are really chief snap chatter! And Dan doesn’t disagree ….

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20178:02 pm

Now, they’re making the best ever 30 seconds snapchat. Dan goes straight for a filter. Tom is clicking away. 3 2 1 STOP

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20178:03 pm

Tom’s made a pile of marshmallows to make a pig and cat. Dan’s used the dog filter. Tweet SUSUTV with your favourite!

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20178:05 pm

The Chubby Bunny challenge is now being attempted. Who’s going to win? And it’s Dan who is the winner!

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20178:10 pm

Turnout now at 4% …

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Now up is VP Education candidate Sam Dedman

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Dedman criticizes student workshops as having tendency to be ‘boring’ and ‘patronising’ at present

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Sam stresses that work needs to be done to ensure that study spaces are being used appropriately

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Sam talks about needing to make the most of the quality study spaces we already have at the university like Avenue campus and the Murray building

avatar Ivan Morris Poxton February 27, 20178:17 pm

Dedman says Education Zone’s reputation as the ‘Boring Zone’ puts off people applying for senior Union education positions, e.g. faculty officers

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Sam discusses his plans to introduce online feedback …

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Sam says we’re currently ‘letting joint-honours students down’ and talks about introducing a joint-honours officer position

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We’re backstage with Sam, who is infront of the camera for once!

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20178:24 pm

1 year from now, if I [Sam] got the role I would be very proud if I achieved getting the free printing in the library.

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avatar Ivan Morris Poxton February 27, 20178:29 pm

Yes, we are amazing 😉

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There’s a large plate of crackers on the table and there’s only one thing to do with them – EAT. How many can Sam eat in a minute?

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20178:31 pm

SUSUTV bought an entire packet of crackers and Sam has managed to eat … wait for it … ONE …

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“Sam, what is your guilty pleasure?”

“Historical box sets”

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20178:34 pm

Over to the main stage now, where the VP Sports Engagement Candidates are being questioned!

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20178:35 pm

Next up are the VP Sports Development candidates Ben Parker and Stephen Gore

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Gore wants clubs to introduce more beginners programmes

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Ben discusses his plan to introduce a ‘women’s hour’ in the gym once a week

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A ‘women’s hour’ in the gym has been introduced already at other British universities such as Leeds

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Gore argues that a ‘women’s hour’ isn’t the solution to tackling women feeling intimidated in the gym and wants to address the root cause of the problem

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Parker proposes introducing wearkitwednesdays to promote teamsouthampton and sport within the university

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20178:45 pm

Parker responds to a question asking if he still stands by his comment that there is nothing wrong with lad culture, the problem is only when it gets out of hand

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20178:47 pm

Parker says that the line when lad culture becomes inappropriate is when any individual is made to feel uncomfortable

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Gore argues we don’t want to be encouraging lad culture and it looks bad on the union as a whole

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Gore discusses how he will deal with the sports and wellbeing price increase

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Parker suggests introducing peak/off-peak gym memberships

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Both Ben and Stephen would welcome the introduction of a second bunfight

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We’re backstage with the two candidates now!

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They both comment how stressful they have found elections; but they’re on the homeward stress now!

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20178:57 pm

Well that was certainly the most heated interview …

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“So, what would you say to someone applying next year?”

“If you do care about work and you really want to make a difference then you should apply!” Stephen

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A football has been brought out and the boys are put head to head

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Stephen manages 3 kicks of the football; whilst Ben makes 19 …. That was a clear win, Ben!

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But don’t worry Stephen as there’s other sports to compete at!

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How long can they keep the volley ball up in the air?

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20179:02 pm

They’re being surprisingly tame at the moment….It was an impressive 55!

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Upper body strength is next to be competed with the “Plank Off’

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Stephen comments that he hasn’t had much time to work out during the election period … Ben is looking very relaxed …

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20179:05 pm

We think it’s a draw and time to come back to the sofa with the presenters. Obviously the candidates for VP Sports Development have been working out in the gym still!

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20179:07 pm

To end the first night of ‘meet the candidates’ we’ve got the VP DCI candidates, Evie, Ameila and Greg

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20179:08 pm

Greg says rather than telling students to come to the union, the union needs to go to them

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Ameila, a WSA student, want to get students based in Winchester more involved with the union

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Evie says the union needs to be more approachable

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Greg talks about how lhe will ook at how funding is allocated within media and performing arts

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Ameila describes herself as ‘new blood’ within the union

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Greg discusses how he will encourage clubs to look into commercial funding to substitute for budget cuts

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Ameila says she’d like to see Surge and SUSUtv at WSA

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Thomas Gravatt post the chubby bunny challenge, marshmallow overload …

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Greg talks about his plans for Creative Industries Careers Sessions

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The candidates discuss the need to review the quota system currently in place

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and that’s a wrap

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20179:27 pm

We’re now backstage with the three candidates, Greg, Amelia and Evie, who are running for VP DCI.

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20179:28 pm

thanks to everyone for keeping up to date with the ‘meet the candidates’ via our live blog, we’ll be back tomorrow night for round two …

avatar Nuala McBride February 27, 20179:28 pm

The team have been digging again. Greg’s first ever tweet was enjoytheboob … So many questions!

avatar Zélie Seddon February 27, 20179:29 pm

And don’t forget to vote !

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We’ve got our eyes on these cardboard cut-outs of current VP DCI Cameron …

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