The Hood: November 2015

After a long and laborious summer of negotiating contracts & benefits, I’m glad to make my glorious return as your ever faithful eyes and ears of the SU. My industrial action & outright strike for the Fresher’s edition went unnoticed and I reluctantly accepted that I had no choice but to settle for the usual bag of chip and flat pint in lieu of my services. Perhaps it’s time I get onto some of my elected Student Officers to see how I go about getting an average industrial wage…ahem!

It’s been an interesting start to the term. After a long summer where our officers were planning their year away we’re well and truly back to earth with a bang! The Green Team of Activism are lording it over the SU since their election and I’ve been carefully watching their attempts to reignite the Political Passion of students.

Mr VP Revolution seems to have abandoned his campaign to free the Poppy and has instead turned to the latest tree hugging craze of Freeing QUB of Fossil Fuels, though it seems the bourgeois at the top are less than interested. It appears our current officers are continuing to pander to the egos of those gone before them with the recent Ex Sabbs on their Soapbox event. Needless to say the sermons of the panel reminded me of how old I am and made me long for the days of yesteryear! That, along with the election to council of former VP Education turned DUP Councillor would make you wonder if this team has an iota of original thought between them, or will they simply continue to turn to the rabble of idiots gone before them at every given crisis! One can only hope that the actual Chuckle Brothers are the only duo invited to the Union this year…some sabbatical officers are better left un-resurrected!

That being said, when the roost is being ruled by a Union old timer it’s hard for the officer not to remain stuck in the past. We can only wonder if her promises of change will turn out to be empty, will it be another copy and paste president bowing to the oppression of “the man” and enjoy the comfy lifestyle of dinners, cocktails and being awfully important rather than fight the system and change the world as was promised.

The Red, White & Blue brigade are surely prepping for the Presidential election next year as HRH of the Union herself is clearly plotting her rise to the top. Though it wouldn’t be an SU election if the culchie mafia didn’t don their jersey’s to back the latest GAA “Star” to join the Clubs & Societies Hall of Fame.

While some officer are clearly enjoying this new found fame and fortune our ever humble VP Cats & Cuddles and the Vice President for Political Correctness see to enjoy ticking along nicely in the background and avoid pandering to the spotlight…or they can’t think of anything decent to get the attention of the student body! Not that I would ever criticize and an officer of the Union.

With council elections becoming a clear trial run for March elections with tickets and promises, videos and actual canvassing I wait with bated breath to see how the first council meeting goes. With the usual left and right pontificates re-elected council will surely be the productive, relevant and representative body of scrutineers it always has been, which of course means our elected officer will get off with yet another year of CV building malarkey and you pesky students will be all the worse for it!

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