Student Union enforces censorship?

It’s that time of the year again, the SU has gone mad. People all across campus are trying to get elected for different society positions, which in a way is just a big joke, as most of the positions are uncontested. As far as I remember, only 2 of them are contested, one of them being Student Radio Station Manager.

Now, these people have to run campaigns (why? – Most of them are uncontested? – Just goes to show how beloved the SU is…). But, the SU has imposed restrictions on what they can, and can’t do. The funniest I heard is, that allegedly, third party students may not promote a specific candidate.

This means, if I would like Nick Stylianou (random pick of the two options below…) to win the election, I am not allowed to tell people to vote for Nick, as I’m not on his campaign team. Why?! In politics, the candidates get to run THEIR OWN campaign the way they want!

So, because I believe in freedom of speech (and am not restricted by UK law in terms of libel), and as I did not sign anything, prohibiting me from telling everyone who to vote for, I will do this here, and now.

Please note: The candidates are in random order. No preference intended.

My picks are: Nick Stylianou or Helen Carr for Student Radio Station Manager, and Sarah for Assistant Station Manager (not that that’s a hard choice.)

Please, if you know of more restrictions imposed by the Student Union, please get in touch. I will treat all submissions confidential, of course.

Keep following this website, as I will add more election news here, as it develops.

UPDATE: Right, here are the official guidelines. This is ridiculous! Who does the SU think they are?!?!

4.2 Facebook will be the only online resource permitted for the purposes of this election with the following restrictions.  Twitter, personal websites and all other forms of online media and social networking pages will not be permitted.

6.3.  No candidate may have more than ten in their campaign team.  if a candidate is found to be receiving additional help or support from anyone, they will face disciplinary action.

Right, starting some FB Ad Campaigns, which will (according to these guidelines) disqualify everyone.

PS: Vote RON on all uncontested positions!

2 Comments, RSS

  1. Ciaran 14. March, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    Lol, that’s outrageous. You must use proprietary service X, you must not use proprietary service Y, and you certainly mustn’t do anything sensible like freely hosting your own content.

    Either the SU are being paid (bribed) by Facebook, or they’re just stupid. Probably the latter.

    P.S. Your OpenID is broken – “Fatal error: Cannot redeclare auth_openid_checkfieldname() (previously declared in /usr/share/php/Auth/OpenID/SReg.php:65)”. I had to put in a duff url or I couldn’t post.

    And you are display PHP errors to the browser, which is generally not recommended.

  2. This post is FAO James 27. May, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    “So, because I believe in freedom of speech (and am not restricted by UK law in terms of libel), and as I did not sign anything, prohibiting me from telling everyone who to vote for, I will do this here, and now.”

    You might want to read the SU consitution, as a member you are bound by it.
    Breaching the rules and regulations makes someone laible to disciplinary action.

    But I have to ask, why RON people simply on the basis that they are standing unopposed? Do you think that is their fault in some way?

    You don’t have to vote for them, and you can vote RON if you think reopening nominations is appropriate. But why should lack of others standing on its own warrant this?

    Have all candidates run campaigns promotes the offices they are running for, which helps ensure high awareness and, in turn, participation.

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