In our first term of existence, the QUB Greens are putting up 5 candidates for the elections.
At present, the council is being somewhat abused - the council is dominated by two 'camps' - nationalists and unionists. Councillors have complained in the past about this - the two sides regularly engage in political 'point-scoring', egging each other on in an immature way, attempting to pass motions to annoy each other - hunger strikers are regularly brought up, as are motions such as one attempting to make all councillors sing God Save The Queen.
Regardless of one's political stance, it should be clear that these kinds of motions aren't just a waste of time or a sectarian headcount, it's also a sign that the council is being abused - the immaturity of the nationalists and unionists is sadly matched by the immaturity of their representatives in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The council is a representative body of the students at Queens. Student councillors should represent all the people in their constituent areas. The council should be used for REAL student's issues - education, finance, welfare, questions to the union executive, etc.
The QUB Greens are standing 5 candidates in the elections - we want to reduce sectarianism, oppose this 'two-camp' governance of the council, and bring a relevant agenda to the council - proposing environmental improvements at the university, and properly representing ALL students. Our councillors promise to be available to ALL students to put motions and questions to the executive - just contact us. The five candidates are:
Mark McCormick – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Stage 1
Janine Diamond - Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Stage 1
Adam McGibbon - Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Stage 2
Conor Clerkin - Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Stage 2
Petrina Doyle - Postgraduate
We would really appreciate your No. 1 vote or a high preference.
You can vote at http://www.qol.qub.ac.uk/, under 'online voting' - you can only vote under your faculty so this time around only humanities and postgraduates can vote Green... but join us next year and hopefully we can stand many more candidates and make even more of a difference!
Thank you for your support!
Mark and Adam