It’s that time of the year again — yes, the University of Lincoln Students’ Union Elections. All the candidates put forward their manifestos on Friday, February 19th, and on Monday it all kicks off.
Not all the positions have been filled though. Out of 13, only eight positions have been claimed, with three roles having only one candidate. But the biggest battle is for the paid positions, President, VP Welfare and Diversity, VP Academic Affairs and VP Activities, each rewarded with around £19,000 per year.
The Linc editors Shane Croucher and Rob Wells have grilled this year’s candidates in a special podcast (listen below), in a half-hour long show. But the most fun part of the elections process is the campaigns the candidates put out.
We had a look at their posters, with some disastrous examples of Photoshop, and we also saw some pretty good ones. So before we bring you the lowdown for each candidate later on this week, we review some of characters this year’s candidates try to impersonate in search for your vote (click on pictures to enlarge).
Chris Charnley: Where have we seen this one before, including the policies? Yes, current President Chris Charnley has done it again — Superman. Maybe it’s time to brush up on those Photoshop skills. Building on his campaign from last year, Charnley hopes students will still think he is Superman. We’ll have to see about that.
Dan Clewley: The new boy on the block — literally — Clewley is fresh from the American exchange. High School Musical hair and American jock jacket, he wants to be on wall with the students. However looking stone-faced on his poster is hardly going to inspire the same hope we’ve seen with Obama.
Lucy Alborough: Black and pink won’t help show Lucy’s colourful personality, yet her foxy looks would make her stand out as the only female presidential candidate. Her poster is definitely catchier than Scott Pack’s, who hasn’t got a Facebook group at all.
Dan Derricott: Clearly “defend and extend” is not something you would normally want to be caught typing into Google, Derricott has made serious attempts to get your vote. He has a strong online presence with his website, though he could have done better colour-correction for his pictures. And by the way Dan, it looks like you misspelled your own name on the poster and on the website (note the two “r”s in his surname).
Ellie Rose Marchant-Williams: Displaying an incredible ability to speak with her mouth closed, Ellie’s poster is catchy, yet easy on the eye. It’s hard to choose one between her and Dan Derricott. Education isn’t as cheap as EasyJet flights for sure though.
Kat Walker: As much as we love Aerosmith “Walk this way, vote this way” does not really work. However, if that is Helvetica we’ll go for it.
Andreas Zacharia: His idea might not be the most original one, but the execution is flawless. Hopefully unlike Aladdin, his idea that any miracle can be done will turn out to be more than fiction.
Katie Blackburn: We’re glad that Katie has discovered WordArt. She can also copy and paste herself three times. It’d be great to see more smiley faces like hers.
Emily Gough: Oh my Gough, what is that? Although she has done a lot of good work at the university, she should really not be associating herself with The Weakest Link. She too can copy and paste herself, several times.
Kayleigh Taylor: “Just a small town girl living in a lonely world,” said the band Journey, and we too “don’t stop believing” in Kayleigh. We just wonder where the drop in and go welfare service will take us. Oh, and maybe you should have taken it easier on the eye with those colours.
Jonathan Holmes: A breath of fresh air, Jonathan went for the clean look, much more appropriate for what the SU Elections want to be. He’s the only other candidate to have a website, so although the poster might be short of information, it can be found online. Let’s just hope there aren’t many Lincoln students that need “liberating”.
Joe Hicks: Going for a sophisticated look, the campaign poster could turn out to be slightly bland. We would have liked to see something more creative and eye-catching, fit for a campaign officer. Yet, his opponent, Declan Ackroyd, didn’t have any poster on his Facebook group.
Phil Krstic: A poster that reflects the fun nature of Phil’s prospective job, he will have time to grow his hair back before the new RAG. Though if he is willing to shave off his hair, he should also get rid of the unsightly chest hair in that picture (Photoshop or not).
— Reporting by Jonathan Cresswell, Charlotte Reid and Daniel IonescuTweet