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November 09, 2006
I’ve had loads of fun with my many commitments. I ended up with 18 different commitments by yesterday but was starting to consider what could go. I hate being kitchen rep, for example. Before this, however, I decided I’d have a crack at going for one further commitment. I failed miserably! I’m not too disappointed by that as I knew that I didn’t stand much of a chance. I just thought I would give it a go as I had nothing to lose.
I heard that commitment number 18 (NUS regional conference rep) only applied to yesterday’s conference – or if it is after midnight, Tuesday’s conference – and not to all regional conferences in the year. I also really enjoyed the conference I went to so wanted to go to the others. I decided in council that this was what I would do (or more correctly, attempt to do) so stood to be a NUS regional conference rep for the rest of the year. I, however, was not elected so will not be going to any more conferences for the time being – though it is highly likely I will at least consider standing again next year.
This means that I am back on 17 commitments. I don’t see this as a bad thing but it is always the better commitments that I end up losing first. Now if only I could figure out how to no longer be the kitchen rep for my flat!
November 02, 2006
The 3 main political party societies are going on a bar crawl tonight. This led to a conversation between a few of us in my kitchen last night. Obviously the main aim of tonight’s bar crawl is to have a good time but one of us came up with what I thought was a really interesting idea, even if a little controversial. This idea was whoever drinks the most should form the next government. Who needs elections when you have alcohol deciding the next government? This could be the perfect solution to voter apathy!
November 01, 2006
Last weekend I finally went off campus for the first time since I arrived here. I went to Warwick on Saturday – not to the castle but to a housing estate. I am not one of those really annoying people who is already looking for off campus accomodation that is too far away from campus for convenience anyway, I went with the Tory society campaigning for next year’s local elections (and the rather important issue of saving Warwick hospital). We then went for a pub lunch which was really good. The most annoying thing was that I had to do my analysis assignment when I got back.
Then, on Sunday, I went on the Fees Demo in London. I had to get up rather earlier than I would have otherwise done but it was a good day out. I’m not expecting anything from the government – when have they ever listened to the people (apart from when there is an election next week but I am not going to wait another 3 years to be listened to) – but it was worth going because I had a good time and I do disagree with top-up fees. I also appeared on TV on Sunday lunchtime. If you didn’t see it then you can watch online here.
I’m not going anywhere over the weekend but I will be going to Birmingham on Tuesday next week. That should be quite a good day.
October 25, 2006
Those of you who know me or have been reading this blog will know that I am in 11 societies – yes, that’s right, I did say eleven! You will also know that I have 3 non-society non-course-related commitments, bringing my total to 14. This is on top of my 19 hours of lectures each week.
I am yet to regret any of it. It is great for my social life that I am in 11 societies – debating society, speak, Conservatives, maths society, physics society, maths and physics society, atomic, volunteers society, Christian focus, craft society, international current affairs. It is great for my CV that I’m in Union Council and the SSLC. I haven’t quite decided where to put being in the equal opportunities working group yet (but then I did only join that one last night at council).
This is not including, however, my 2 further commitments that I do not generally talk about. I am a kitchen rep for my flat (which isn’t particularly exciting but it is a responsibility so will look good on my CV). I am also, as of earlier this evening, equal opps officer for the craft society – they didn’t have enough people on their exec so I thought I would give it a go as I had nothing to lose and I’m sure that too would look good on my CV. Not bad for someone who’s only been at uni for 3 1/2 weeks!
If anyone has more than 16 non-course-related commitments then please post in the comments section. We could get quite an interesting debate going (or I could prove that I have the most number of commitments out of anyone and the world record is mine).
October 21, 2006
Since I arrived here 3 weeks ago, I’ve been involved in the most random of experiences.
- First, I was mad. This was when I decided that I needed to join 11 different societies (on top of my 19 hours of lectures each week) in week 1. I further reaffirmed my insanity when I also decided that I could fit in Union Council as yet another commitment.
- Then I became ill with the dreaded freshers’ flu during week 2. This was followed by a mission to spread my illness to as many people as possible during last weekend. I’m only glad that this did not backfire big time!
- Having recovered in time for week 3, I now had other ideas. On Monday, I decided that saving myself from complete and utter humiliation (after having heard a story from last year) was more important than eating lunch. Thankfully, I did remember to eat.
- There was one further moment of madness on Wednesday when I added one more commitment to my already hugely oversized list of commitments and decided to join the SSLC.
- The week of extreme randomness (week 3) was not over yet. On Thursday I was stressing out so much about something that, in the great scheme of things, did not really matter. Although when you were told you would receive an email on Thursday morning, surely the natural reaction is to expect it to arrive somewhat before 6pm!
My randomness continues to this day (and most likely beyond). I nearly ended up going to Nottingham this morning with the Real Ale Society – a society of which I am not a member. They were all gathered around the entrance to Union North just before 9:30am. I thought that they were all councillors waiting for the training meeting. One of them asked me if I was going to Nottingham. He was wearing a Real Ale Society hoodie but I thought that it was perfectly possible for him to be a councillor.
“Errm, no. I’m here for council training.”
The Real Ale Society seemed to want my services for themselves. They told me that they too were waiting for council training and that we were going to Nottingham for the training.
But I was told that we were going to be in Union North – hence me being there at 9:30am on a Saturday morning. I fell for it and nearly ended up going to Nottingham. I don’t think that AJ would have been too happy with me not turning up for training because I’d been roped into going to some social in Nottingham with the Real Ale Society (probably involving a few pints of beer).
Thankfully, the guys from the Real Ale Society informed me that they were only joking. I was free to enter Union North and go to the training day.
The day was actually quite fun. I can go to Leamington some other weekend. I don’t think that I actually missed out, I believe the opposite. I’m actually now quite looking forward to our first council meeting on Tuesday evening. Some interesting motions are up for discussion. And add to that the fact that I really like arguing (though the technical term here is “debating”, or constructive arguing – unless of course I feel so passionately against a motion that I just have to come up with a really good point against it in order to get it rejected for the greater good of everyone because that is destructive).
October 18, 2006
I realised today that I have a bit of an issue about what to do on Saturday. I have 2 “choices” but the decision is completely out of my hands. I could go to the council training day (which I have to go to if I’m elected but can’t go to if I’m not) or I could go to Leamington.
Leamington sounds much more fun but I really want to be on the council. I find myself, however, on a random Wednesday evening when I really should be working, really nervous about checking my inbox tomorrow morning. Whatever I end up doing on Saturday is completely out of my hands. I don’t think I’ve ever been in such a situation before. Normally I make my own choices about what I want to do.
This is a really annoying situation for me as I always prefer to be the one who calls the shots on my plans. In a slight moment of madness (though one I do not in any way regret) I took the situation out of my hands and gave it to the people. I do not know what I will be doing on Saturday until I have checked my inbox tomorrow morning.
Democracy is evil! I really was not expecting that my plans for this weekend to be completely dependent on the results of the union council elections.
Disclaimer: I do not actually believe that democracy is evil, just taking the plans for my weekend out of my hands is.
October 15, 2006
After much deliberation, I decided that it would be more in my best interests this week to go to Christian Focus. They provided food (always a good thing) and it was a good night. I’m still getting over freshers’ flu so decided I would not lose my voice again (as I did whilst out canvassing in the Union yesterday afternoon) and therefore did not spend that much time campaigning – though I did manage to slightly change the subject of a conversation (we were talking about exec committees on societies) and tell loads of people I was standing for council. I may have been lucky enough to pick up a couple more votes tonight but only time will tell now – we find out on Thursday.
I am now going to be really annoying and encourage all of you to vote in the council elections that are tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please do not forget. If you are a scientist and want to read my manifesto then either go to the Student Union website and click on the “Elections” tab (near “Ents”, you can’t miss it) or read the entry below in my blog.
October 13, 2006
Rag Quiz or Christian Focus social?
This is really annoying me. I am reliably informed that there will be more people at the Rag Quiz but I am also reliably informed that loads of the people in Christian Focus are in the science faculty. I’m definitely going to one of them but I need to drop it into as many conversations as possible that I’m standing for Union Council (preferably to scientists). Which social should I go to? Answers in the comments section please.
October 06, 2006
Hi, my name is Kerri Parish. I am a first year maths and physics student. I am also really politically minded.The societies I am in are:
- Atomic (chemistry)
- Speak (Christian campaigning)
- Christian Focus
- Warwick Volunteers
- Warwick Conservatives
- PhySoc (physics)
- Warwick Debating Society
- Maths and Physics
I am also standing for Union Councillor – more will follow later.