Why I Don’t Care About The Exec Elections

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The last couple weeks in the bubble have been absolutely manic, with candidates running from door to door, going on a string of nights out that has put freshers to shame, and spamming our Facebook feeds to no end about how they truly are the best person for the role, regardless if they’ve got into altercations on nights out or faced heat from certain critics against the idea of running two years in a row.

Irrespective of all these debates surrounding the elections, about candidates dropping out last minute or facing campaigning bans on all forms of social media, the real debate is – does anyone actually care?

The elections, and especially this ten day dash of campaigning, come across as an inflating session for the egos of the candidates whom are running (some of which are too damn big already), as the people whom get elected are those whom are the most popular or “bnoccy” on campus, irrespective of whether they truly are the best for the role they’ve applied for.

If the candidates truly believed they were the best for the role they’ve applied for, then surely a process of interviews with the past exec team as well as the university’s plethora of higher ups would be a more suitable way of electing new VPs, instead of this farcical campaigning crap we’ve all unfortunately got to endure for now.

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  1. Unless you opt-out as a member of the Students’ Union it’s your responsibility to vote and ensure the best Exec is chosen for next year. This isn’t just about you and what you can / can’t get out of it – it’s about ensuring the Loughborough Experience for those of your peers who do want to take advantage of it and those in future years. Within a few years the reputation you will carry as a Loughborough alumnus will be because of how the University and Union develop, not as they are known now.

    There isn’t an easy democratic way of selecting an executive without campus wide elections. I’m personally in favour of interviews but these don’t ring with accountability.

    It’s people with the attitude like this article that actually make the issues raised worse – instead of engaging with candidates, you force them to make themselves campaign in an annoying manner with social media, nights out and farcical as that’s the only way to engage with a large number of the members of the Students’ Union.

    For example – look how poor the questions from the Bubble Debate audience were. If more students engage the discussion would be a more mature one. Until then, it’s your responsibility to opt-out of membership or get stuck in.

  2. I understand the point that is being made here, but have you fully thought it through?

    I completely agree that campaigning is not the best way to gain a position of responsibility at the union, and I would personally prefer a more typical style of recruitment for the role. However, have you thought about the fact that a lot of people going for the roles will be friends with the current exec, as the positions that they have been in during their time at University will have led them to work with exec. How do you remove bias from this?

    Also, the ‘BNOC’ point – although I agree to an extent with what you are saying – again lacks some thought. The suggestion that they gain the role ‘irrespective of whether they truly are the best for’ it I think is incorrect. For the most part people do not give themselves a ‘BNOC’ status, it is applied to them after they have held a position on a committee. It follows that the people that have wanted to make a change during their time at University by being on committee, are the same people that will then want to make a change to the Union as a whole when they come to the end of their studies. This previous experience, for the most part, will help to make them much stronger candidates for the role. These people really do want to have a positive effect on the Union.

    The point of campaigning how it is, is so that the students can choose the people that run THEIR union. It may have been completely hyped up and popularity becomes a part of it, which I do not like either. However, in theory this is a nice idea that allows the students to have their say. I agree with some points being made, but their are certainly do arguments to this.

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