Saturday, March 01, 2008

It's Collins v Helferty for President

- Ryan McAleer

The 2008 sabbatical elections are here! This year is significantly different however as there are seven black padded leather chairs up for grabs instead of the usual five.

For those of you clueless to what will be going on the 4th and 5th of March, (i.e. – anyone not on the exec or student council) Queen’s students will vote via QOL for a new President along with 6 Vice-Presidents. Those elected will form the new student executive for next year, taking a £15k-per-post salary in the process.

As usual we are being promised the world as candidates map out visionary utopias of ‘their union’ on black and white A4 paper. This year’s presidential race pits the sitting Vice-President for Welfare, Ciarnán Helferty, against relative new-comer Michael Collins who is running under the banner of ‘people before profit’.

Expect the usual bad custom-made t-shirts and free lollipops next Tuesday and Wednesday (4th & 5th March) as candidates vie for your vote. Looking beyond Helferty’s manifesto, the fact he was nominated by current President John Roger and seconded by VP Clubs & Services Steffan Rafferty suggests a certain retention of the present regime. Running on his ticket are some familiar faces among union societies, Andrew Gordon (VP Campaigns and Communications), Shane Brogan (VP Equality and Diversity), Laura Hawthorne (VP Community) and Michael Bower (VP Education). Fergus McAleavey could be forgiven for taking it easy on the canvassing front next week as the sole contender for election to the seat of VP Welfare - or perhaps that would under-estimate the popularity of RON?

It seems Michael Collins is up against it to overcome such a well established presence within union governance. His manifesto is logo and slogan friendly and with fees, housing, racism, green issues and protest on the agenda he is obviously appealing to ‘left politics’. Unionists shouldn’t be too scared of the famed nationalist's namesake however, as he envisions “a centre for bringing people together”. Also running on his ticket is Paul Simpson (VP Campaigns and Communications).

Other candidates include James Murphy (VP Campaigns and Communications) from the present Law Society (whose manifesto boasts a generous endorsement from the Law Soc President, who doubles as a housemate and bosom buddy). Kevin Kelly (VP Education) and Paul Courtney (VP Clubs and Societies) are running on the same ticket.

Rhonda Milligan (VP Community) and Jeremy Bennett (VP Clubs and Societies) run on a joint DUA-Queen’s Ulster Unionists ticket with Jonathon Crawford (VP Equality and Diversity) running under a simply ‘unionist’ label. LGBT President Debbie McCook runs for VP Clubs and Societies with Colin McShane running for VP Education with the endorsement of the current seat-holder, Michal Harkin.

Elections take place exclusively online over Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of March. View candidate’s manifestos on


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For those of you clueless to what will be going on the 4th and 5th of March, (i.e. – anyone not on the exec or student council)"

-So the same people who read the gown then?

3/01/2008 5:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think that people should write Michael Collins off... He is a lot more popular than people in the Union care to think!


3/01/2008 7:40 pm  
Anonymous John 3: V 16 said...

At least the DUA/YU ticket are honest about who there are. Unlike our undercover provo candidate (no names).

Nevertheless, I doubt I will be voting for either.

Ciarnan for President.

3/01/2008 11:54 pm  
Anonymous Colin Oisin mc Shane said...

I object to the miniscule coverage of my election campaign in your article.

3/02/2008 12:11 am  
Anonymous God Fearing Free P said...

The moral standards of the DUA have slipped since Thomas "double vodka + coke and a guinness" Hogg has taken over as Chair.

3/02/2008 12:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why did mccaffrey not run!? surely she would have won easily

3/02/2008 4:59 am  
Anonymous Ogra Fianna Fail said...

Are the Jim Allister's new party running anyone?

3/02/2008 8:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Collins for Pres!!!!!

3/02/2008 10:20 pm  
Anonymous Observer said...

Michael Bower is a particularly bad candidate.

He could be the weak link in Helferty's chain.

3/03/2008 12:30 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm voting for Michael Collins.....what a name,eh!?!?!?!?!

3/03/2008 12:44 pm  
Anonymous djb said...

Chris Andrews should have ran for President !

Bower is letting the Alliance party down, by running this time !!

3/03/2008 7:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RON - The only candidate (if elected) who will do exactly what he says.... Sorry the only candidate who will do anything

RON for President
RON for all those sabb posts to aid the holders CVs

3/05/2008 12:28 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've scrapped the 5 Non-sabbs lets scrap the other 7 wasters

3/05/2008 12:30 am  

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