Impact On The Campaign Trail: Day 1

Impact News finds out how the SU election candidates are publicising their campaigns on social media and online.

Presidential candidate, Ed Keevil, and Sports Officer candidate, Yolanda King, have responded to questions posted on the Student Leader Elections’ ‘Ask a Candidate’ webpage today.

Ed Keevil responded to a question about how he would improve Week One for students who “live out, do not want to take part in events centred on drinking or clubbing, and are female (in light of ‘those’ chants)” – the latter being a reference to 2014’s necrophiliac chant video, exclusively obtained by Impact .

Ed said: “I would like to work with the current Activities Officer to make sure that we have a lot of society engagement and showcasing during the day rather than just the Freshers’ Fair”.

Yolanda was asked about how she would tackle the sentiments held by sportspeople in larger sports teams that their games are not promoted as much as smaller teams.

She cited social media as a tool to “relay information about fixtures” of all UoN sports teams equally, for information about fixtures to be given to students in halls and for a “weekly roundup of matches played”.

He also spoke of introducing more Week One reps so alternative events can be held during the evening and highlighted that making students aware that “offensive chants have no place at this university” would also help to avoid a repetition of the 2014 chants.

Another presidential candidate, Johnny Lawrence, released his third campaign video on social media today, named ‘Vote Johnny Lawrence 3: The Campocalypse’.

Activities Officer candidate, Yaks, has been active on Facebook, posting a video of his team creating campaign posters, and telling students to look out for him on all campuses.

Tamsin Parnell

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