Students will vote for a new Otago University Students'
Association president next week and the result could lead to a
stronger push for a student-run bar.
With incumbent OUSA president Francisco Hernandez stepping
down after one term, the battle is shaping up as a contest
between welfare officer Ruby Sycamore-Smith and
administrative vice-president Zac Gawn, with third candidate
Jordan Watts an outsider.
Mr Gawn said in his election profile, published in Critic and
on the OUSA's website, that students should vote for ''the
lads who can bring ... scarfiedom back''.
He would push for a student bar owned by the OUSA and for the
OUSA to be more inclusive.
Ms Sycamore-Smith's profile focuses on her achievements as
welfare officer, which included delivering free breakfasts
and $5 meals and leading negotiations with the university
over establishing a student pub on campus.
She would continue to push the university for a student pub
and lobby to fix the university's ''broken'' internet.
Mr Watts said the OUSA should be ''more focused on students
and not politics''. The OUSA needed to build on recreation
and events, which was what it was ''really good at''.
''OUSA does not need a president who only wants a good CV
reference,'' he said.
Mr Hernandez, who is not allowed to back candidates, told the
Otago Daily Times he was happy with the number of candidates
standing for executive positions, with more competition for
places than last year.
He urged students to vote because the OUSA was a
''multimillion-dollar'' organisation in charge of spending
about $170 of their fees.
He was disappointed with the number of female candidates this
year, saying it was possible only two would be elected on to
Voting will be held next week, from Monday until 4pm on
Thursday, with results announced later that day.
The nominations are. -
President: Zac Gawn, Ruby Sycamore-Smith, Jordan Watts.
Administrative vice-president: Ryan Edgar, Paul Hunt, Kamil
Finance officer: Nick Tenci.
Education officer: Thomas Mitchell, Jordan Taylor.
Welfare officer: Jenna Bone, Nali Lee, Payal Ramritu.
Postgraduate students officer: Kurt Purdon.
International students officer: Kamil Saifuddin.
Campaigns officer: Hamish Barker, Jarred Griffiths.
Recreation officer: Henri Faulkner, Daniel Stride.
Colleges officer: Brydie Ockwell.