By Amy Moore
Student Union election time is upon us and with it brings lots of ‘original’ pitches from longer library opening hours to more integrated communities. While most students don’t care who gets the position, there are some candidates that are pulling all the stops to win. Here are some of this year’s most creative entries.
1. Super Fabio Mario
Ian “Super Fabio" Kafka who is campaigning to become the Representation and Resource Officer at the University of Birmingham has other things on his mind. Not only does he dress up as Super Mario in his campaign photo, but also promises in his manifesto to “rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser". No doubt he is dedicated to the cause!
Joseph Clough certainly likes eggs, so much so that when asked the question ‘Why should you vote for me?’ he responded with the word ‘EGG’ 60 times. Joseph promises to provide every student in the University of Manchester a chocolate egg on their birthday. He also promises to turn their North Campus into an Egg Museum and turn a SU campus room into a puppy room.
3. 10p Freddos, jam sandwiches and wider beds
Milo Edwards in Cambridge University promises to provide students with some of life’s necessities. A priority of his is to subsidise Freddo bars so students can “relive the glory days" of when they were 10p. He will also give out free jam sandwiches as well as providing wider beds and free condoms for “condom balloon making".
University of Nottingham’s presidential candidate ‘YOLO’ is exactly what it says on the tin. He or she (it is unknown) wants to turn their assessment intranet portal ‘Blue Castle’, into a physical blue castle on campus. Students would have to complete a range of physical challenges in the castle before they could get their exam results. We can only imagine what that might entail.
5. The Wolf of UL
Finally, last year’s candidate Tommy Bolger from the University of Limerick became SU president after his Wolf of Wall street parody video went viral. The combination of The Wolf of Wall Street story with a student life setting resulted in a hilarious parody. Scenes involved spin-offs of the film such as sniffing Dip Dap (a bag of sherbet for dipping a lollipop into) and bribing the Grade Appeals committee with a €5 note. Needless to say it was a huge success.
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