Part time officers run unopposed

RAG officer, Liberation officer and Sports officer position all run unopposed in their categories. We asked Phil Krstic, RAG hopeful, and Jonathan Holmes, the candidate for the Liberation officer, about their plans for the job. Jennine Fox, who is running for Sports officer, did not reply to these questions.

Phil Krstic

Age: 19
Course: L1 Media Production
Hometown: Birmingham, West Midlands

What are the two main issues you want to tackle from your manifesto and how you would achieve them?

The first main issue I want to tackle in my manifesto is involvement of students in organised RAG activities throughout the whole year. It is important for people to get involved, but also vital that students feel proud and enthusiastic about making a difference to the community and charities.

If elected, I plan on doing this by putting heavy emphasis on maintaining an active RAG Society with a range of dedicated students. It’s this society that will be the driving force of RAG. I’d help to produce a positive ethos that will encourage people to attend meetings regularly and attract new members to the society. One idea I had was to do ‘RAG Raids’. This would involve members of the SU, RAG Society and Committee walking around all the different parts of the campus armed with leaflets and information and talking directly to students to engage their interest.

Secondly I want to give RAG an image that is looked upon proudly by the university as a whole. I’d achieve this by publicising as much as possible what students have achieved within the community, on, for example, local radio stations, videos on the SU website, newspapers magazines etc.

What else do you plan on doing apart from RAG week itself?

Throughout the campaigning period so far I’ve been asking students for fundraising ideas and have been writing them in a ‘University of Lincoln Community & Charity Ideas’ book. The responses I’ve had are brilliant; they’ve provided me with a lot of food for thought. Days into campaigning I already had 48 ideas. It’s these ideas that, if elected, I will work with and use to inspire me and the Committee with what to organise.

Some of the ideas so far are: a RAG MAG, lecturer belongings auction, chest waxing, a sponsored stay awake, inter-society sports day challenges, human auctions, a RAP off, burger eating competition, busking on the high street, a race around campus, societies strip calendar, sponging, Santa Marathon and many more!

What do you think about the current state of RAG week?

It was thanks to this year’s RAG week that made me want to get involved with activities that they put on and involved with the society. I came across the current RAG committee and society members braving the harsh, freezing weather conditions as they carried out their ‘RAG in a Box’ event. A chat with their friendly members led to me staying with them for over an hour. Whilst I was with them I saw people putting as much as £20 in their collection boxes, pretty impressive for sitting in a box. I was impressed too that the Engine Shed allowed them to collect money at Fever Pitch by giving them control over the cloak room; 50p from every coat went to charity.

It’s thanks to these events that not only raise money, but raise awareness of who they are and what they do. It was good that they put on a range of different types of activities. There were events that lasted all day, and other events that were short, such as the ‘DUCK IT!’ duck race. I hope to continue with making RAG week as good as it can be, but I still think there’s room to raise the game.

Jonathan Holmes

Age: 18
Course: L1 Journalism
Hometown: Doncaster, Yorkshire

What are the two main issues you want to tackle from your manifesto and how you would achieve them?

The main issues I want to tackle are the development of societies which have not fully established a decent campus presence and increased awareness of minority groups. I would achieve these by liaising with the current groups and student media to promote these, but also to have a greater presence at the freshers’ fair to encourage new members. For these new groups I would go out and actively seek students rather than putting posters up and hoping that people would attend. It’s a shame that very few people realise the power of committees and that’s something I’d like to address.

How do you feel you can represent the variety of groups that the role of Liberation Officer is supposed to represent?

As a member of a minority group, I’m all too aware of why we need a Liberation Officer. It’s about making this minority heard on an equal footing with all other groups.

Why do we need a Liberation Officer, when individual societies are perfectly capable of representing themselves?

I accept that these groups can represent themselves but when we bring them together they can be a strong and unified voice and I’d love to exploit this potential. I also believe that having an officer specifically tasked with minority groups rather than it all coming under VP Welfare means that these problems can be scrutinised in more detail and by someone with more time to spare, such as myself if I’m elected.

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