Tue 6th Mar by Emma Clarke
Your New Sabbs: Chloe Green, VP Welfare and Communities
'Green Can Do It'
After a long and hectic week of campaigning for the position of VP Welfare and Communities, Chloe Green has, indeed, stayed true to her word: she actually can do it, having won in the 2012 Sabbatical Elections last Thursday night. By way of the AV voting system, Chloe remained in the lead during each stage of the elimination process, although she was closely followed by a fellow candidate, Simon Eyles.
Her manifesto, in which her primary aims were divided into five categories, ‘housing’, ‘finance’, ‘health and well being’, ‘safety and security’, and ‘communities’, outlined her desire to tackle bad landlords and council tax issues; to alleviate financial difficulties by way of money management schemes; to encourage greater transparency on the university’s part with regard to student fees; to propose new safety initiatives within our community; to ensure greater inclusion of International and Post Graduate students; and perhaps most importantly, to raise awareness about mental health. Even in this day and age there is still a stigma attached to the latter issue, so it’s Chloe’s intention to lobby for a more efficient counselling service within the university walls and to organise support groups for those of us going through a difficult time.
The feasibility of some of her proposals were contested - is it actually possible to reduce the waiting time of the counselling service from 4 weeks to 2 weeks, bearing in mind time and staffing constraints? Chloe maintained that she will do the very best that she can in a year to achieve this. Her most recent roles of responsibility as Equality and Diversity Officer (11-12) and Union Trustee (11-12) will act as a useful stepping stone for such a prominent Sabbatical position, allowing her to boast the skills that she’s already accumulated.
From day one of the campaign to Results Night, Chloe never strayed away from her ultimate aim and, alongside the other Welfare and Communities candidates - Simon Eyles, Nick Johnson and Frank Sondors - she managed to keep a smile on her face. So, congratulations Chloe! We look forward to seeing you in action.