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YUSU Elections 2016: Student Activities Officer Candidates – Alex Lusty

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Alex Lusty is running for Student Activities Officer. He wants to improve communication between YUSU and ordinary students, as well as working towards a better experience for University societies all round.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Alex Lusty. I’m a third year History student and Editor of the Lemon Press, York’s satirical magazine. My interests are somewhat contradictory – I play rugby, but am a bit of a history geek, reading historical fiction whenever I can. I also enjoy fell running, or running up mountains. I bet you can’t find another candidate who will say that!

What inspired you to run for Student Activities Officer?

A long chat in Willow? Being serious, I’ve had a lot of frustration when dealing with YUSU, and I honestly believe that I can help to improve that. Chris has done a great job in building up Activities, and I really think I can help to carry on his work. My policies are aimed at streamlining and improving the operation of YUSU.

Why do you think you’re the right candidate for the role?

As Editor of The Lemon Press, I’m someone who’s had a lot of contact with YUSU, it’s easy to see where a lot of the problems lie. This means that I have the unique position of being someone who is at heart a society man, but who also understands how YUSU works. It also puts me in a strong position to combat those problems – for example, I can see that there’s nowhere near enough communication between the union and ordinary students. The Facebook profile’s a start, but there’s more sabbatical officers can do to talk to students. This starts though with ensuring the freedom of York’s press – something as an editor I have always been extremely passionate about.

Which of your policies are you most excited about?

There are a great deal – it’d be great if you could check out my full manifesto. As a whole though, I aim to improve things for students, societies and York. Taking one from each, I’d say my proposal for Society cards – something similar to Sport cards – that would get students money off in clubs and in towns is something that a lot of students can benefit from. For societies, I plan to work with York chamber of commerce to introduce bespoke sponsorship and partners for societies and volunteering groups, which is something entirely new and can have a real impact. Finally, for York, I want to build a new RAG webpage to help to push on the good work they do.

Who do you think is your biggest competition?

I don’t want to underestimate any of the people running against me. We briefly met at the candidate briefing, and they all seemed like engaged students – a few of us had quite a laugh! Either way, I really look forward to a positive campaign where we can get into detail about the questions at hand.

If anyone, who are you backing for YUSU President?

Again, I think that there are a lot of strong candidates. Unfortunately, I haven’t really had the opportunity to look at any of the manifestos in detail yet, but I’ll be voting on the issues debated – it’s the only way to ensure that we have a strong, robust union and sabbatical team.

The YUSU Candidates Debate will take place at the Lounge on the 14th February.