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  • Wed 29 Oct 2014 10:05

    Voting in the LSESU Michaelmas Term Elections is officially OPEN! 

    You can vote online at www.lsesu.com/vote - just log in with your School username and password. A full list of candidates and their manifestos can be found on the LSESU website

    Make sure you join us tomorrow night (Thursday 30th October) when we’ll be hosting one of the biggest and most anticipated nights in the LSESU calendar - Elections Results Night.

    Join us from 8pm in the LSESU Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre as we announce live who will help lead YOUR Students’ Union and represent YOU in the next academic year. Positions up for election include the Postgraduate Students’ Officer, Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer, Academic Board, Court of Governors and more…

    If you’re still undecided on who to back for Postgraduate Students’ Officer, head to www.lsesu.com to watch last week’s Hustings with the candidates.

    Remember voting closes at 7pm on Thursday 30th October. It only takes two minutes to have your say on who will represent YOU and your views within the Students’ Union and the School in 2014-15.

    Also, don’t forget only Research Students can vote for the Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer, General Course students for the General Course President, and students who self-identify as BME for the BME Students’ Officer.

    RUN. VOTE. CHANGE.

  • Wed 29 Oct 2014 09:21

    This year marks a big week for democracy here at the LSE – it’s Michaelmas Term election time!

    Read on for student blogger Susannah’s views on why voting is so important in this SU election, as well as the upcoming UK General Elections just around the corner in May.

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    Call me a political optimist, but I really do believe that each and everyone one of us 9,218 students at the LSE should be voting in the SU elections this week.

    The SU is our democratic organisation and the responsibility falls on each of us to elect representative leaders. From Postgraduate Students’ Officer to Student Member of the Academic Board, these eleven positions up for grabs absolutely matter for our immediate future this school year as well as to the future of the LSE.

    Barely four weeks into the term, and we’ve had quite a turbulent time here regarding student life. Now more than ever it is important to actually take the time out of your massive pile of readings and busy social life to read each candidates’ manifesto and make an informed decision.

    Voting opens at 10am on Wednesday the 29thonline and don’t miss an opportunity to make your voice heard. So what are you going to do – be a part of the active 38% of the student body that votes in our SU elections or join the apathetic and disenchanted majority?

    Now don’t get me wrong, we generally perform better in SU elections comparatively – on average 26% higher than most other universities. But don’t you agree that we could do better?

    It seems like every year we hear more and more in the media about how dramatically disenchanted people, and especially us youths, are becoming about politics. We see big personalities like Russell Brand parading around the news making grand displays about never voting.

    For someone like me who is such an adamant supporter of getting out the vote, this trend is completely terrifying.It glorifies the nearly 40% of the eligible UK voter population that chooses to never vote, as well as the even more stark 44% of British 16-24 year olds who say they have absolutely no interest in politics. As LSE students, that must send a chill down your spine.

    Why don’t we then, as a powerful, knowledgeable, and aware collective, begin to change the narrative about voting in this country?

    It all starts tomorrow with the SU elections, but then we must begin to build momentum to reform the youth apathy stereotype before the UK General Elections next May.

    We are the future economists, policymakers, and government officials of the world. If anyone can do it, it’s us. 

    It’s our time. Get out and vote, LSE. 

  • Tue 28 Oct 2014 15:01

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    Last Sunday (26th October) more than 80 students took part in the AU/ISOC Football Tournament. The tournament, which took place at Powerleague in Shoreditch, was funded by the brand new LSESU Active LifeStylE programme with all proceeds going to charity. LSE student and ISOC member Ateeq Tariq, who organised the event, has blogged about the tournament for us…

    Unity is an objective that is undervalued when appraising the success of any tournament, sporting or otherwise. On Sunday 26th October, the Athletics Union (AU) jointly hosted a football tournament with the LSESU Islamic Society (ISOC) that not only achieved it’s main goal of fundraising for the most vulnerable in society, but additionally managed to bring together people in our diverse LSE community that would perhaps not have otherwise crossed paths.

    With 16 teams in total from the AU, Halls of Residence as well as LSESU religious societies, we had a vast array of footballing talent on display! Teams fiercely contested every game, jostling one another to gain an upper hand in matches, all of which proved to be scintillating encounters. The verocity and vigour with which each game was played did not detract from the task in hand.

    Achieving a goal that transcends the simple objectives on the day, winning a game of football, was at the forefront in the minds of all competitors and this manifested itself in the group picture that was taken, an embodiment of our mission statement, the collective mission of all on hand. The tournament itself, of course, could only have one victor who would reign supreme and only one team that could have bragging rights on the day, and it is for this reason special congratulations are in order for ‘fazza boys’ who were crowned champions. They bested ‘el ahly hadeed’ in the final of the competition, coming from behind to win 8-4. It was a truly valiant performance, which warranted nothing but victory!

    A massive well done to all students who took part!