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Former General Secretary Amanda Hart visited LSESU last week to talk about her year in office and why student activism can be such a positive force for change.
She started by telling us about how the decision of LSESU to elect Winston Silcott, falsely accused of murdering a policeman during the Tottenham Riots, as Honourary President blew up into a huge media storm, with press waiting for her outside the East Building. Astonishingly, over 1000 students attended a meeting to discuss the decision – something unimaginable to us today considering UGM participation rates.
She also reflected on her election as the first women General Secretary for fifteen years, having stood on a platform of promoting equality. Eventually Silcott declined the honorary title and the press furore waned, but Amanda is determined that she wouldn’t have done anything differently and doesn’t regret offering him the Presidency. She’s sure that this media attention helped lead to his conviction eventually being overruled.
The experience of the General Secretary Amanda Hart 1988-89 should be a firm reminder of the power of student activism. Today we are still facing issues of inequality, as well as issues around access to higher education due to higher fees. I personally felt inspired by this one example of how LSE Students Union has been a leader in challenging national issues.
However, in order to challenge, we need to have a robust democracy. We’re not in a position to have 1000 people attend a UGM, with a average turnout being 40 or less. For me, this seems like an urgent need to review our democracy.
I’m currently leading a consultation into democracy at LSESU following my election pledge to make our SU more transparent.
Have your say in how you want your Union to be run by filling in this survey, or by coming along to my lunchtime democracy chat on Friday, 1 - 2pm, outside the Activities Resource Centre.
An emergency motion has been added to the UGM this Thursday (29th January): Should LSESU Oppose the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB)?
This will be discussed in addition to the following motion: Should LSESU Say No To Violence in Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo?
Proposers collected 350 signatures in favour of the motion to ensure that it can be added under the terms of an Emergency Union General Meeting. The UGM will take place from 1 - 2 pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building.
Read on for a full outline of the motion, plus details on the proposer and seconder.
Proposer: Tooba Mushtaq
Seconded: Nona Buckley-Irvine
This union notes:
This union believes:
This union resolves:
To submit a motion, or to speak for or against these motions, please email email@example.com.
Voting on this motion will take place online at www.lsesu.com/vote from 2pm on Thursday until 5pm on Friday.
More info on UGMs
Previous blogs about LSESU’s UGMs
Should LSESU Say No to Violence in Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo?
Have you heard?
It’s the good news many of you have been waiting for: We’ve installed two new microwaves on campus! Time to celebrate!
Hurry to your kitchen to prepare these healthy, cheap recipes - then head to the Quad in the East Building, heat up, and enjoy!
1. Microwave Pizza
What’s the first food that comes to your mind when you think about uni students? Pizza, of course. Ditch the crappy frozen pizza and find some time this weekend to become a master pizza chef with this simple margherita pizza recipe. Double the recipe and make two pizzas that you can bring to school for lunch. Seriously, you’re guaranteed to have the best week ever if you do that.
2. Healthy pasta
The second most common food I usually see while queuing around the microwaves is definitely pasta. Basically, it’s hard to mess up and there are so many ways to personalize it to your preferences. Make a big batch of one of these healthy pasta recipes and pop it in some tupperware to bring to heat up on campus. Pump up the recipe with your choice of protein to hold you over for longer.
3. Homemade soup
There is basically no better food to eat on a gloomy winter day than some amazing homemade soup. This website has an awesome database of quick and easy student-friendly soup recipes to whip up. Bring some in to heat up and accompany with a small sandwich or salad for a great balanced meal.
4. Chicken risotto
Risotto is such a yummy meal and it can be so easy to make once you get the hang of it. Try out this chicken risotto recipe and add in loads of your favourite veggies. You will definitely turn some heads if you bring this in to microwave.
5. Veggie curry
Lastly, one other food that I love to bring in to heat up is a lovely veggie curry. Give this easy recipe a go and be the envy of everyone around you as the aromas spread across the room. When cooking a big pot of curry, make enough rice as well to serve with it.
ENJOY THESE MOMENTOUS MICROWAVES.
- Susannah Faulkner
Microwaves, Microwaves, Microwaves
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