YUSU Elections 2016: Student Activities Officer Candidate – Dom Elhert
Dom Elhert is running for Student Activities Officer. He wants to tackle the issue of funding for RAG, as well as provide a friendly face for any student who just wants to have a chat.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name’s Dom Ehlert, and I’m a 3rd year law student! While at York, I’ve been heavily involved with ComedySoc, doing writing, stand-up, being a member of The Shambles improv troupe, and being on the committee too. We even got to take the show up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Besides that, I’m involved with legal volunteering and I’ve done it both here and in Australia (which was honestly fantastic) …and I once cracked a safe in the Bank of England (true story!)
What inspired you to run for this position?
Well, I would have never normally considered student politics my gig, but once I got involved with ComedySoc I realised how much I liked setting fun up for other people, and once I was on committee, I realised there’s more than just performing to do it. When nominations opened this term, a few people told me I’d be a good a good Activities sabb, and that I should go for it, and after a few long chats about what I actually could do (and want to do!) I decided to go for it.
Why do you think you’re the right person for the job?
I think I’m right for the job because I can fill whatever shoes the job needs me to fill. ComedySoc means I’m familiar with societies, how they run, and how to run events. My legal training (if that doesn’t sound too official for an almost-law-grad) means I’m used to dealing with people, resolving conflicts, and balancing interests while still being thorough and neutral in what I do. Then lastly, dare I say, I think I’m just a friendly guy you can come and have a chat with – I genuinely like talking to folks, and I think it’s important to be represented by someone you can actually talk to. So in a nutshell, I think I can be whatever the job calls for!
Which of your policies are you most excited about?
Ooo, that’s tough. If I had to choose, it’d be either the Bigger & Better RAG Events policy, or the New YUSU Performance Space one. I’m pretty pumped at the idea of being able to sink my teeth into the finance issue (it just seems to crop up every year!) but those first two are the ones that get me excited. I love the idea of being at the helm of events on such a big scale – maybe it goes back to my Comedy roots, but I like the sound of putting on fun stuff on a university-wide scale, and I’ve got plans for all sorts with RAG. But then also, I’m quite excited to campaign for a dedicated YUSU events space too, because at that point we’re talking about the future of Activities in the Union. Co-ordinating something on that scale, representing students at the discussion table on UoY’s future, and just making something that big happen is something I’m very keen on doing.
Who do you think is your biggest competition?
Oh my days, what a question. I’ve read through all the other folks’ manifestos, and I honestly don’t think anyone should be taken for granted this year. That said, I think my biggest competition is going to be Golfo! We have a lot of common ground, in how much we care for the societies and our performance society roots (and I also know her besides from Comedy/Panto stuff, and she’s honestly just a super nice person.)
Who, if anyone, are you backing for YUSU President?
I honestly haven’t decided yet! I’m waiting until Campaign week kicks off to really see what’s what with the prez candidates, so in that sense, I’m as keen as everyone else to see what happens!
The YUSU Candidates Debate will take place at the Lounge on the 14th of February.