Elections fever has been in full swing, it’s almost inescapable. Posters, Facebook pages, hashtags, sweets, lecture shout outs and door knocking.
Altogether, campus has been swamped with the Executive Elections candidates.
There is a real buzz throughout Loughborough for elections period, a buzz which adds a new life to the place.
Every year each candidate uses a theme to base their campaign around; they’re memorable, funny and colourful, all of which are vital in getting across a candidate’s personality to everyone who they don’t get the chance to talk to face to face.
Hang on, let’s cut out the nonsense.
Each candidate chooses a theme which is basically a pun on their name and if there’s no pun, they invariably go with superman.
Why on earth would anyone want a bunny as their next VP Education or a pirate in charge of their finances? It’s ludicrous.
In Becky Lauder-Fletcher and Zak Evans, we have two strong candidates whose quality of manifesto points are extremely high and each seem very capable to perform the role.
In fact, we could say the same about the majority of the candidates who each have a silly theme.
Why the nonsense?
Don’t get me wrong, I do have massive respect for anyone who manages to actually come up with something genuinely witty or which at least has something to do with what they’re going for. Thankfully there are a few this year which have managed to be funny or relevant.
Sam Hampson said that he wants these elections to be fun. I agree. Making each candidate beat you at Fifa before they earn your vote is a quality idea. I just also wish that we would stop being patronised as voters, thinking that we’ll only remember someone if they’re dressed as a cartoon.
I guarantee one thing though. If you do manage to beat me at Fifa then I am much more likely to remember you over some other candidate dressed as an elf.
Will anyone ever be bold enough to run without a theme in future years?