BEBE AHNA CLEONEE ALLEN DSOUZA Arts/Law IV
My name is Bebe D'Souza and I am running because I believe the USU needs a woman who is prepared to fight. Prepared to fight against multi-million dollar marketing gimmicks that serve few and come at the expense of essential student services. Prepared to fight for transparent board responsible to the students who elected them.Prepared to fight for adequate support for women, queer, Indigenous and International students. Prepared to fight back… with sting.
*Beebee on Board for Student Control & Accountability*
Remind the CEO that he works for us. Challenge Board hypocrisy. Put students first.
*Beebee on Board for Affordability*
Cheaper food achieved by spending less on over the top events like O-week. Further support for outlets that are already popular among students.
*Beebee on Board for Sex Positivity*
Radical Sex & Consent Week. Pro-Choice campaigns. Free condoms and dental dams.
*Beebee on Board for Autonomy and Accessibility*
Affordable child-care. A Postgrad space. Affirmative Action for queer-identifying board candidates.
*Beebee on Board for Increased Arts Funding*
Improve theatre spaces. A writers' space. More revue funding and more grants.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a Beebee.
Tim Matthews Arts/Law IV
The Union is everything I love about University: it’s meeting interesting people; it’s lazy afternoons with cider; it’s events which stimulate and challenge you. I’m running for Union board because I want it to live up to the promise of an expansive student life. I want to:
• Breathe new life into ol’ faithful-give Second Floor Manning a face lift. A Second Floor small bar that’s two parts Shady Pines, three parts Baxter’s Inn and one part Melbourne Bars we mock (but secretly envy).
• Create an Internship Database, using our alumni to connect members with opportunities in the public and private sector. Because all play and no work makes Jack disastrously unemployable.
• Expand orientation with the Fresher Five:, cross-faculty events for the first five weeks of semester. First Years only. Think-Eastern Avenue water-fights, inter-faculty Amazing Race, PJs movie night in the Quad.
• Get fit around campus with Social Fitness. Couch potato or gym junkie, get involved with jogging clubs or Tai Chi on the Front Lawns.
• Make access easier with Equity Grants so no student is prevented from attending USU events because they can’t afford it.
I Choose Matthews!
Vote 1 Tim Matthews for Union Board!
William Dawes Arts/Law III
• Secure more local ACCESS deals with entertainment and food venues that have since expired, especially in the Camperdown, Newtown area.
• Free phone charging facilities in Footbridge, Manning and Wentworth.
• Premium Commercial Services – across campus, and particularly at Manning and Wentworth. Students deserve a higher standard of products. More beers, better coffee and a quality selection of food at reasonable prices.
Students on main campus should be exposed to the talent on display at the Conservatorium.
Main campus spaces would be used to host recitals/ more intimate performances (exhibiting repertoire like art song and chamber music, etc).
The plan would be to literally bus musicians/audiences to and from main campus and the Con.
This plan's benefits include:
- More performance opportunities for Con students. Why should the other ten students in Performance Class be the only people who hear their work?
- For those of us on main caumpus, it provides the opportunity to hear fellow USYD students performing high-end repertoire, to an an incredibly high standard, for free, in amazing venues on a regular basis.
This policy would be in conjunction with greater engagement with the fine arts on campus generally.
Eve Radunz Science IV
I love our USU but I believe it can be EVEn better, EVEn more inclusive and EVEn more fun! I want to see more students engage with the union, especially international students, post grad students, and students from diverse degree backgrounds. Our union should be for EVEryone!
-More live music opportunities for budding artists
-Huge celebration of International Women’s Day
-A social sports program
-A health and wellbeing week
-A welfare room with sofas, bean-bags, phone chargers and a kitchenette
- Free ACCESS and, in the interim, expanding the provision of ACCESS scholarships to low SES students so everyone can get involved
-An improved range of vegetarian, vegan, halal and kosher options in all USU outlets
EVEn stronger and EVEn more progressive:
-Ethical and sustainable products in all USU outlets
-Partnering with the SRC to see community gardens
-A clothes swap program
-Solar panels on USU buildings
-Improved leadership program including expanding the Women’s Portfolio and International Student Portfolio
-Introduction of a Disablity Portfolio
So for a union that is EVEn better, EVEn more inclusive and EVEn stronger, on May 22 Vote  EVE Radunz.
Jordan Smith Science/Law III
If university is not the best time of your life, then your Union is failing you.
The USU has a proud history of enriching university life for students beyond their studies. It has a fantastic record, but I am sure we can do better. I am:
-Sure about Unfair Student Employment. Many young workers have problems with exploitation at work, particularly in the hospitality industry. The Union has a unique opportunity to work with the SRC to provide students with a body which can identify, report, and act on injustice.
-Sure about A Unified Campus. It's time for the best sporting teams, debaters and public speakers from the colleges to test themselves against their wider university counterparts. Through friendly rivalry we can help unify the campus.
-Sure about Uni Nightlife. Our university should be just as amazing at night as it is during the day. I want to increase the number of events on campus at night, making university safer after dark in the process.
-Sure about reviving USyd Commemoration Day. Up until 1975 the USU put on a festival day showcasing the best that the uni has to offer. Let's bring it back.
Be Jordy sure on 22 May!
Grace O'Brien Arts II
It’s time to restore common sense to the USU and focus on the practical issues that affect students daily. I would like to see C&S Executives participating in marketing and management training (by way of a formal mentorship programme) to ensure that clubs and societies on campus remain active and efficiently run. In addition to this, I will advocate for C&S funding reform to promote the creation of new clubs & societies.
I will also push for the renewal of expired off-campus ACCESS contracts with food vendors and entertainment venues, such as Hoyts Broadway and other locations in the local area. We need to make the ACCESS card more ‘accessible’ for students, and can do this by either reducing the membership cost or by getting students a better deal. Furthermore, by providing more incentives for students to sign up to ACCESS, we are doing the clubs & societies programme a favour too!
Lastly, I would like to see the USU putting on more musical, theatrical and cultural events in partnership with faculties, clubs & societies, SCA and the Con. We strive to make every Sydney Uni campus a lively public space that can be enjoyed by all.
Robby Magyar Arts and Social Sciences III
Rock it, Robby! Our Union is not just about fun between classes and at O-Week, I want to revamp our Union so you can Work, Rest, and Play all-day!
*USU-Games! A scavenger extravaganza, run over a whole week. May the odds be ever in your favour!
*USU-Miles! An incentivised Access program that rewards you for reaching dollar milestones!
*Let’s Go Fro-Yo! Let’s milk the vacant space in Wentworth for all it’s worth!
*Revamp Re O-Day! I’ll create a new student position so Re O-Day is not just a re-run of O-Week!
*Study Buddy! Organised Union study help for students feeling lost!
*The INTER.net! An online hub for international students to share notes, course information, as well as job and accommodation info!
*More Joint Events! We need a revision of the funding structure for C&S, so societies can host more inter-club events!
*UasSUme the Position! I'll get the USU to find internships for you!
*USU-Records! The Union has some of the best student performers, and recording capabilities in Holme. Let's make a mix-tape showcasing this talent!
*Hermano's! Let's make Hermann's el loco and host weekly Mexican nights with burritos and cervesa!
Rock it, Robby! for a Rowdy, Refreshing and Ready Union!
KADE DENTON Agriculture III
As the first agriculture student in over 20 years to run for election, I believe that the USU needs diversity to ensure it provides meaningful services to the entire student body. As your board director, I will work hard to ensure the Union is engaged in continuing to provide the number 1 student experience in Australia.
I want to make an Entertaining USU:
• Annual USU Open Air Music Festival – UNSW does it well, let’s do it better!
• Better use of campus space – how about Friday beers on the Front Lawns?
• Bigger acts on campus – more acts like Ball Park Music & The Jezebels!
I want to make an Engaged USU:
• Extensive C&S training - specific Marketing and IT training
• Mobile-friendly online events calendar – exposure for the great events that happen everyday
• Focus on satellite campuses – initiatives targeted at students off main campus
I want to make a Diverse USU:
• Joint USU-SRC organisation of on-campus Pride and Blue Stocking Weeks
• Social network for students relocated from regional areas
• Greater representation of science and engineering faculties
Vote 1 Kade Denton on May 22 and Make A Dent-On Board.
Tara Waniganayaka Arts/Law III
It has never been more exciting to be a part of the USU. I want to expand our incredible student experience into new territory; to make what students want into a reality.
On Top of Campus Life: Eat and be entertained!
•USU Food Festival: Unleash your inner gourmand with multicultural food and a side serving of live entertainment.
•USU Cinema: Catch your favourite arthouse, foreign and classic films at student prices on campus.
On Top of Manning: Bring back the heyday!
•Gigs and more gigs: Partner with Triple J to make Manning a sponsored venue for hot new acts. Bring back secret-shows and showcase society talent!
•Manning Bakery: Refit the bottom floor with couches, pastries and more for those peckish moments.
On Top of Opportunities: Contribute and develop!
•Online Employment Hub: Streamline access to jobs, work experience and skills.
•Volunteer Rewards Program: Be rewarded for your community contributions with vouchers, discounts and concert tickets.
•Overhaul C&S funding: A needs-based scheme and taking all administration online.
On Top of Time: When you need it and you need it now!
•24-hour Holme café/study lounge: Study in comfort whenever you need to.
•Resource Centre: Photocopying/printing services and ancillary course items at cost prices.
Georg Tamm Science I
I'm Georg Tamm, your next USU Board Member. I want to get you more Bam for your Buck – so vote Bam for Tamm.
Students are under more financial pressure than ever, I'm running to level the playing field and provide more opportunities to earn and save on campus. With the current insecure university-USU funding arrangement, I'll make sure you get Bam for your Buck. My focus is to support students with better services, provide a transparent USU, and allow students to earn and save on campus.
I hope to achieve this by:
• Providing a ‘silver benefits’ Access Card to participate in C&S OR receive food discounts
• Providing opportunities to earn Access Card rewards through volunteering and contributing to the student experience
• Organising more activities and networking events for a closer community
• Creating bursaries to help students with the cost of studying and participating in co-curricular activities
• Ensuring students are first in line for jobs on campus
• Making the USU more transparent through improved marketing of services and activities
You know that we need more bam for our buck… So think Bam for Tamm and Vote Georg Tamm for USU Board
Patrick Ward Commerce/Arts II
My motivation for running is simple. To create progressive change for the USU. The USU should be environmentally-friendly and I intend on promoting further sustainable measures for the future. We need to stop investing in fossil fuels and gain ethically-sourced products (not just coffee). I want more vegetarian, vegan, kosher and halal options in food courts and catering to those with allergies so that all members are provided for.
International Students are of prime concern to me, given my role as President of Unimates. It is unjust that international students be expected to pay full price for access cards, especially when many are only here for a semester and pay extra to attend this university. Since they are grossly underrepresented in the USU, I will advocate for a dedicated spot on the USU for international students, ensuring greater involvement.
I want to see more C&S funding options to create more event opportunities for small clubs. I have personally experienced the frustration with Quidditch Society with limited funding options and high equipment costs. I want C&S regulation changes to ensure more diversity within clubs’ executives (currently skewed towards men).
We can create a sustainable and ethical USU
Vote Ward for Board
SARAH MARRIOTT Commerce/Arts IV
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Sarah Marriott running for Union Board!
The USU is a multi-million dollar organisation that runs all the fun things on campus, from clubs and societies to bars and festivals. With my extensive experience as a student leader in the clubs and societies program and through my work as a commerce student and management consultant I believe I can bring the perfect mix of business savvy and fun times to your USU.
I want to super power your student experience:
• Internship program - Making you more employable with degree related experience in USU departments.
• Healthy focus - Prioritising physical and mental health for students including reducing accessibility issues with a ‘Wellbeing Week’ to raise awareness.
• Hermann’s beer garden - Making Hermann’s as cool as it really is. I want a beer garden and BBQ so that you can enjoy the sun and a sanga after class.
• Commemoration Day Party – The USU is turning 140! I want to try and fit 140 years worth of birthday wishes into a huge outdoor festival on the front lawns!
Vote for Super Sarah taking your USU up, up and away!
Jeremy Elphick Arts II
My Union Board campaign is going to revolve around four key areas that I believe the USU should focus on: student representation, student life, the arts, and student welfare. The welfare of students should be central to the Union. I believe that cheaper food and drinks on campus, ethically-sourced products, subsidized membership for low SES students, a puppy room during stressful times, and more student jobs within the USU are specific ways in which we can improve student welfare. For student representation, I will focus on improving relationships with Satellite Campuses and having autonomously chosen Indigenous, Queer and Women’s convenors. The Arts is a major focus of my campaign. I think there should be rehearsal spaces on campus, more live music, and more outdoor events with more films and local music groups – and that these should not be limited to the main campuses, but also the Con and SCA where there is such great potential for USU growth. Last, but not least, is my focus on student life, which the USU fosters. I want to bring back a Daily Bull, either in a physical or online form, so people know what events are on and can make societies flourish
THOMAS FRANCIS RUSSELL Arts III
My pitch to voters is surmised as charting a course between the rampant ideologues on the one hand and the bread and circuses mob on the other. I recall my first Union election cycle and the anonymous campaigns each in lock-step formula of 'random bright colour/corny tagline/Hey have we told you yet how much we’re for students’ inoffensive policies. Figuring out later on who was Liberal/Labor/Indie really was an eye-opener; I swear they all looked the same to me at the time. The Union is a serious enterprise and is not to be approached flippantly, but at the same time it can't simply represent the self-serving dress-rehearsal nursery-playground to 'future leaders'.
Oh and I want to chart a course towards ending AA.
The other major issue (greatly exacerbated by the SSAF) is the perception of the Union as a one-way cash drain. If you asked most people to identify value received from student services commensurate to the amount they pay into student bodies, they'd come up empty handed. I don't claim to know how to fix this but I can tell you I'll probably be the only candidate who'll actually identify the problem to begin with.
Kanika Batra Arts I
I have my many policies I would like to incorporate into the board should I have the fortune to be elected. I would first and foremost like the establishment of a Multicultural Officer to drive multicultural events of the union and oversee student engagement. I feel such an officer would be greatly beneficial to students from differing backgrounds, and more multicultural events would celebrate the diversity of the university population.
I would also strengthen our partnerships with popular bars, entertainment venues and clubs outside of the university, enabling students to receive discounts on drinks, food and entry at places they genuinely enjoy, and in addition to this, I'd introduce a wider array of parties on campus as well as weekly BBQs that would allow students, particularly new students, to familiarise themselves with their peers and the university itself.
I plan to also introduce a Clubs & Societies’ Mentorship Programme – this would essentially formalise mentorship programmes for club execs. encouraging the creation of new societies and promoting wider executive participation.
I also plan to provide phone-charging facilities at Manning, Wentworth and Footbridge so students are able to recharge their phones whilst on campus.