AU Presidential Candidates: Who are ya? Who are ya?

Talking bum tattoos, Top Top and dodgy dance moves, Jack Banister meets the four AU President candidates

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Amidst the sea of pamphlets, manifestoes and rain-soaked campaigners engulfing you as you climb Forum Hill, there’s one election you probably should stop and think about: the AU presidential race .

Indigo Hull

The first of this year’s candidates is well-known EUNC Social Sec, Sports Science-studying Lukie and BNOC of the Year finalist Indigo Hull, who says she’s “just about managed” to come back from her narrow defeat at the hands of TJ Nartey.

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Indi cutting a fine figure on one of Exeter’s classier occasions

This lass takes the utmost pride in her bolt – her finest, she tells me, is “a very ladylike 2.9 second effort.” When quizzed about her Top Top antics, Hull claims she’s “a horrid dancer,” but still loves “putting on a performance for the crowds on the Ledge.”

Top Top - very ladylike!

Top Top – very ladylike!

Asked what single, radical change would occur under her regime, Indi suggested that she would “turn Forum Hill into a ski slope, so we could get a ski lift up, and just cruise down,” which sounds pretty bloody good, really.

Of course, there’s some serious clout to her campaign. She says that “more female varsities is a must,” and has hatched an elaborate plan for a massive multi-sport varsity event, incorporating both the big and small AU clubs.

Indigo on the campaign trail earlier in the w

Indigo and minions on the campaign trail earlier in the week

Emily Robinson

Our second candidate is another Lukie – yep, a Sports Science student: ten points for Gryffindor – Emily Robinson, a self-professed “sports fanatic.”

This girl is the Women’s Cricket Club Captain, an EULHC Social Sec and a member of the EUWRFC 1st team. She says, “the old degree often has to take a back seat,” mainly because she’s obsessed with beating Loughborough, and with collecting stash.

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Robbo at Lords with the EULCC

If elected, she plans to “take small steps to benefit the AU” and to have an “everyday active presence.” Pleasingly, she’s also agreed to help me get rid of the “purple monstrosities” in the Auditorium, and to “replace them with green ones.”

And in some finer head gear, presumably for the EURWFC

And in some finer head gear, presumably for the EURWFC

You may also have seen her drunken promise to get AU President 2014/15 tattooed on her bum, along with the Uni crest, if she’s elected, a claim she admits she “may live to regret.”

She has confirmed, however, that the tattoo will be happening if she wins, because she’s “willing to go all out, and has always wanted one anyway.”

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And repping the EULHC

Ali Borland

Our final female candidate, Ali Borland, is studying Sports Science, Biology and Mandarin, but maintains she’s a Lukie at heart.

Another candidate “bugged” by the lack of female Varsities on campus, this girl is Volleyball’s Club Captain, and has also been heavily involved in all levels on netball in her time here.

Ali (left) at Arena

Ali (left) at Arena

Due to what she describes as her “incredible jump height,” Ali does have to be careful on Top Top, for fear of smashing her head on the ceiling.

Pleasingly, she’s also dead against p*rple, and has vowed to “ban all students from wearing it on campus.” She also forced me to put the asterisk in above, so as to not offend anyone.

Ali smashes out some chin ups in the Forum during campaign week

Ali smashes out some chin ups in the Forum during campaign week

Ali is particularly concerned with succession, which she says is “an undervalued element in student politics,” and hence, one of the focal points of her manifesto is to ensure she “builds on the ideas of previous AU Presidents and carries them through to fruition.”

Under her presidency, we can also expect more campaigning for a new indoor sports hall, which she believes is essential to give our indoor AU clubs the opportunities they deserve to succeed.

And finds an alternate use for the Library gates

And finds an alternate use for the Library gates

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Andy Higham

Our final candidate, and the only bloke running, Andy Higham is EUTC’s Club Captain, and was their Publicity Secretary in his second year. Asked why he thinks there’s no other male candidate, he jokes “everyone saw me in the gym, and ran away.”

Andy (left) enjoying the surf

Andy (left) enjoying the surf

Sadly, there’s no outrageous plans for ill-placed tattoos in his campaign. Higham was quick to shut down the possibility when I mentioned it: “Why would I ruin my perfect ass?” he asked.

Andy is “really pleased” with the state of our intramural sport, although he plans to get more weekend tournaments off the ground, which, to my delight, he says will “kick off with an ultimate frisbee extravaganza.”

Andy (far right) in some questionable attire...

Andy (far right) in some questionable attire…

If their was a buzzword for Andy’s manifesto, it would definitely be publicity. His inspiration comes from his brother’s experience of US College Sport, where 1000 people will turn out to watch a home tennis match.

This crowd size, Andy tells me, has “a lot to do with how they cover sport.” He hopes to create a comprehensive website of team biographies, match reports and videos.

He “firmly believes people at Exeter would come and watch more sport if they knew how good our teams were.”