It’s that time of year again. Swarms of colourful t-shirts are out in force at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove, armed with bright smiles and informative flyers. Student Guild elections are upon us. If this is your first year at QUT or you just don’t know much about it, let me give you a quick introduction to the whole thing.
1. Background - Firstly, the Student Guild is the student body responsible for clubs, sports and various other student welfare services. The election is held every year to ensure the Guild is run by people the students of QUT want. Pretty simple, right? Yes, yes it is.
2. Campaigning - This week (and last week), you might find yourself being approached by people asking how your day is, if you’ve heard of them and if you’d like a flyer. These people are campaigning to get their group’s message out to the masses. Some of them are genuinely friendly and leave you alone if you’re in a rush, and some are overly enthusiastic, following you to your class trying to keep a conversation going. They might talk about some of their future goals, what they’ve already achieved and what they promise to bring next year if they’re elected.
I’m usually pretty tolerant when someone approaches me. I’ll be down for a little chat, take a flyer and I’ll be on my way. Other times I’m in no mood for it so I’ll switch into antisocial mode, get my Kath and Kim speed walk happening and move past as quickly as possible.
If you’re not a people person at all, why not take a leisurely stroll trough the Botanical Gardens? It’s nice, it’s calming and you bypass (most of) the campaigning going on at the entrance of Gardens Point. Or you could plug in your iPod, whip out your phone and look really busy, whichever floats your boat.
3. Voting – Remembering what I did last year, you go to wherever voting is taking place (last year it was in the Refectory at KG), you give them your ID card for verification and you get several pieces of paper. You put some scribbles on the paper, you put the paper in the box and you’re done. Easy peasy! Vote for whoever you want, it’s up to you to decide.
Voting isn’t compulsory, BUT you do get a nifty $5 food voucher for voting (no matter who you vote for), and that’s enough persuasion for this lazy student to vote.
Voting is open Monday to Wednesday (17 -19 September) at Gardens Point and Thursday and Friday (20 and 21 September) at Kelvin Grove.
And there you have it, my extremely quick, no-frills guide to guild voting. Good luck!