Is "positive action" really the right way to improve social inequality? Should anyone feel sorry for the white, privately-educated male? Watch students debate the value of discrimination with three active members of parliament and a multimillionaire businesswoman in our second new debate video of the week. Join the debate and leave a comment!
The combined results of the online and paper ballots in the Lent 2012 Officer Elections are:
President - Austin Mahler
Executive Officer - Joel Moss
Speakers Officer - Anna Stansbury
Treasurer - Casey Swerner
Social Events Officer - Matej Jovanovic
Supplementary Committee: David Cowan, Imogen Schon, Robert Wilson, Alexandre Loktionov, Daniel Hyman and RON.
Austin Mahler 362 elected
James Abbott-Thompson 159 (- 5% for electoral malpractice)
Zulfiqar Ali 26
Joel Moss 207
Josh Heath 169 (-5% for electoral malpractice)
Joel Moss 217
Josh Heath 182
Joel Moss 293 elected
Anna Stansbury 404 elected
Abdullah Chaudry 138
Casey Swerner 215
Alex Anderson 85
Raza Habib 175
Casey Swerner 216
Alex Anderson 90
Raza Habib 178
Casey Swerner 236
Raza Habib 205
Casey Swerner 328
Matej Jovanovic 341 elected
Imogen Schon 95
David Cowan 36
Daniel Hyman 36
Robert Wilson 101
Alexandre Loktionov 40
All candidates, including RON, were elected.
New videos will be going up all through this week! Catch up with what you missed, and re-watch your favourite events at the Union.
Today's video is our Arab Spring debate, which was recorded earlier this term. Tune in to find out why the Union voted against the motion that "This House Beleives the Arab Spring is a Threat to Global Stability".
Check back tomorrow for another new video!
Voting for elections take place between 9am and 9pm today, both online and within the Union.
Voting has now closed. Results will be announced when the paper ballot has been counted.
To cast your vote online, login using your Union member account and then follow the instructions here. If you are not on the online electoral role, but are a Union member, please vote in-person at the Union. Note: only user accounts which have been associated with active Union memberships are able to vote online.
In our latest video, Dominique Strauss Kahn talks about the global economy, globalization and the Eurozone, and answers our members' questions. Watch the full talk here.
The President-Elect of the Cambridge Union Society, David Leigh, has resigned for academic reasons.
The Union fully supports David’s decision and we wish him all the best for the future.
A by-election will be held shortly, of which members will be notified by e-mail.
We have sent emails to all members who applied for tickets to see Dominique Strauss-Kahn this morning.
Some members have reported that they have not yet received their email, so we will be resending them all out shortly.
If you have not received your email, please check your spam folders to see if it has been redirected there. Please direct all email queries to Sam Haskell, email@example.com.
To the signatories of the CUSU Women’s Campaign “Disinvite Dominique Strauss-Kahn” petition:
Thank you for your letter. The Union is always open to receiving feedback on its work. We would like to respond to the issues raised in your message.
Firstly, we must state that the Union will not be rescinding its invitation to Mr Strauss-Kahn. The Society has been inviting him to address our members for several years, given his economic knowledge as then head of the IMF, and his experience of French politics. He was not invited after or as a result of the circumstances surrounding his departure from the IMF. We would like to add that the purpose of the Union is to provide a neutral platform for free speech. We use no selection criteria when inviting speakers other than that they are interesting people whom our members would want to hear speak and whom they would like a chance to challenge and question. An invitation to the Union does not imply support or endorsement, or indeed disapproval, on the part of the Society or any of the individuals in it. We invite people to speak at the Union regardless of their ideology, background or personal history. We feel Mr Strauss-Kahn is exceptionally well qualified to speak on some of the most prominent international headlines of 2012, namely the global financial crisis and the French Presidential election, and so we believe he will give a pertinent and interesting speech.
We would also like to address your statement that “little has changed” with regards to the Union’s approach to women’s rights, as we believe this is untrue. The Union recently created the position of Women’s Officer in order to support female welfare and interests in the Society, and has been working closely with the CUSU Women’s Officer to try to address these issues as effectively as possible. This is a very difficult issue and we cannot expect immediate transformation.
Finally, we would like to respond to your suggestion for a joint event between the Society and the Women’s Campaign to be held at the Union on International Women’s Day on the subject of women and sexual violence. We would have been more than happy to look at a more detailed proposal for such an event, but organising events at the Union normally takes several months. It is a shame, and slightly confusing, that such a suggestion has only come forward now when the Union asked the CUSU Women’s Officer for any such suggestions in the summer vacation and had it been raised then we would have been delighted to arrange it.
The Cambridge Union Lent 2012 Officers
The candidates standing for elections this term are listed below. Click on the thumbnails to open a larger version of their long manifesto. Elections will be held online and in the Union on Monday 12th.
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