Thank you so much!

12/03/2009

Hi Folks,

I just wanted to say thanks so so much to everyone that helped me on the campaign trail and everyone who voted!!!

I won’t let you down, and I’m extremely excited about getting to work!!!

Best Wishes

Ian 😀

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Twitter

10/03/2009
Live election updates on twitter today and tomorrow!

Live election updates on twitter today and tomorrow!

So I know I haven’t been using twitter all that much over the last week or two but you’ll be happy to know that along with Facebook Status Updates, Twitter is going to be the place to be for the next two days.

I’ll also be updating twitter live with count results!!

Follow us on the election trail here.

Have fun!
Ian

VOTE 4 POWER TODAY & TOMORROW


Voting Begins Today – Vote POWER number one!!!

10/03/2009
VOTE POWER NUMBER ONE TODAY & TOMORROW

VOTE POWER NUMBER ONE TODAY & TOMORROW

Hi Folks,

Voting in the SU Elections begins in earnest in about 10 minutes and I’d just like to ask all of you to get out there and cast your vote no matter who you plan on voting for.

Ballot Stations are open from 10am-6pm today and tomorrow in the following locations:

Arts & Law – Boole Basement

Commerce, BIS & GPP – ORB Foyer

Engineering – Civil Eng Foyer/Elec Eng Foyer

Science & Food Science – Kampus Kitchen

Medicine & Health
– Brookfield Foyer

Zeps, Applied Psychology & Tyndall Postgraduates – CEC

Remember Vote POWER for:

1. A strategic and central approach to UCCSU communications incl. a new SU Website.

2. Informed, Experienced and Effective Student Representation within the University.

3. An ethic of hard work and dedication.

VOTE POWER NUMBER ONE TODAY & TOMORROW


An Interview with the UCC Express

05/03/2009
Vote for the POWER to get things done

Vote for the POWER to get things done

1. Why do you feel you are the right candidate for the position of Deputy President? Why should the students vote for you?

I have the experience as the current Societies President, I am hard-working and want to do the job well. I believe that next year will be a challenging year for the Students’ Union. I want to make sure Student Services aren’t easy targets for cuts, I want to make sure the University has its priorities right and cuts fat instead of muscle when reducing costs. There is no point in spending €600k on an Art Gallery when we can’t afford to staff our Library, its that simple.
The Union has long suffered from a bout of bad public relations amongst average students, many in the past have promised changes, but I want to fulfill those empty promises and tackle the community perception of the Union and its work and widely communicate that we are open for business for all students.

2. If elected what changes will you bring to UCC and its students?

I will build a new UCCSU website that is easily navigated and user friendly and one that every student will know the web address to and that they know it’s the first place to go for information about UCC and the Union.
I want to push the Computer Centre to implement Gmail as the email system for all students, its been done in Trinity, there is no reason why it can’t be done here in UCC.
I want to push for the University to change its website. UCC developed the third website in the world, that doesn’t mean it should still look like the third website ever created. UL and UCD put us to shame and its costing us both on a marketing level and much more importantly; it is impossible for current students to navigate it and find the information they need. I want UCCSU’s new website to put them to shame.
For too long, basic communication with students has been neglected. I want to bring the Union back to basics adapt a completely new communications strategy in every aspect of the work of the Students Union.

3. What do you feel is the strongest point in your manifesto and why?

The strongest point in my manifesto is the need for the Union to improve its own communication with students and with University Management. Strong and effective communication with students will be vital over the next 12 months, many changes will occur that will affect every student and they need to know about them. I want to make sure they will. The University also need to know that the Union recognises the gravity of the current situation we find ourselves in. They need to know that we are not naive and that we don’t expect all services to remain at the same level, but rather that we are serious about consolidating the University’s position in third level education in Ireland, but more importantly that the Union will have a list of priorities where we think funding should not be affected ie. the Library, Student Services and improvements in Teaching & Learning.

4. What separates you from the other candidates?

Experience and a track record of hard work and dedication.

5. What plans do you have for Cork Campus Radio?

My plans are simple, I plan to promote it. A whopping 82% of students don’t listen to it and 77% don’t know the frequency. For a service that could be hugely popular amongst students those figures are unacceptable. I plan to work with the staff and student volunteers to promote the service across campus and to evaluate the way it is currently operated, including taking a look at broadcasting hours. A student radio station that broadcasts when students are in lectures doesn’t make sense.

6. In your manifesto you stated you will lobby for “Wider Student Consultation on Major Decisions.” How do you propose to achieve this?

This year the University planned to move student graduations from September to July. I proposed that they carry out a survey to see what students thought before they made a change that would affect every student in UCC. The survey was carried out and 70% of students were against changing the current state of play. I’m not suggesting we use this method for every decision that will affect students in UCC, but certainly changing the timing of graduations is a good example of where I would like to see wider consultation amongst the student body at large.

7. How do you plan to revitalise the Student Centre?

I plan to make sure that the University finally appoints a new centre manager and stop them from extending the contract of the current manager who has been trying to retire for the past 12 months. We need a new management structure that is willing to work with the Students’ Union to organise events that appeal to students. I don’t want to see any more flower-arranging classes, I want to see top quality gigs and removing the current barriers that prevent student clubs and societies from holding events there.

8. What are your plans for a sexual health clinic in UCC?

There already exists a plan for the introduction of a sexual health clinic in UCC, but it has been stalled due to funding difficulties. I plan to work with the head of the Student Health Centre Michael Byrne, the SU President and Welfare Officer and the VP for the Student Experience to make this plan a reality. We need to indentify potential areas for funding and realise that STI’s pose a significant risk to the long term health of students. The STI clinic is not a luxury for UCC, it is a vital neccessity.

VOTE POWER 4 DEPUTY


Profile for UCCSU’s Election Newsletter

05/03/2009
Campaign Poster One

Vote 4 the POWER to get things done.

Name: Ian Power

Age: 22

Where do you come from: Butlerstown, Waterford.

Course: Arts 3: Economics & Politics

The main reason you think you are the best person for the job:

I have the experience as current Societies President, I’m hard working, approachable and I want to tackle the community perception of the Union in UCC. Every year people say they want to promote the Union on a wider scale, it has yet to happen. I want to follow through on the empty promises of previous years. It can be done and I will work hard to do it.

What are the three main things you would like to accomplish?

I want to build a more user-friendly UCCSU website. I want to make sure that every student knows the web address and that they know it’s the first place to go for information about UCC and the Union. I want to be proactive in promoting the Union and its facilities to UCC students. I want to work hard and do the job well.

Campaign Slogan: Vote 4 the POWER to get things done.

What are your stances on the referenda items:

  • I will be voting Yes to USI; there is power in numbers when fighting fees.
  • I will be voting Yes to the new UCCSU Constitution.
  • I will be voting Yes to the Common Room Levy to ensure its survival.
  • I will be voting Yes to the Sports Plan to improve UCC sports facilities.

A New UCCSU Publication

28/02/2009
UCCSU needs to produce a publication that will keep UCC students informed and updated on Union progress throughout the year with extra features that will be of interest to students

UCCSU needs to produce a publication that will keep UCC students informed and updated on Union progress throughout the year with extra features that will be of interest to students

You pay for the Union so you deserve to know what is done with your money.

The UCC Express is an independent publication and the Union cannot –
and should not –  interfere with it.

The Union needs to have its own Publication to communicate with you directly.

The Union publication needs to be interesting to students and feature extras that will encourage them to read it.

I have a track record of running publications which balance interesting student news with
investigative journalism that hold those in positions of power in UCC to account.

As Deputy President I will ensure that a regular, interesting and well-designed  publication keeps you updated on what the Union is doing.

VOTE POWER 4 DEPUTY


UCCSU Website: A New Way Forward

28/02/2009
The new US administration's simple change of website has made a real impact on how people have interacted with the American Government. There is no reason why the same result cannot be achieved by UCCSU with a new website.

The new US administration's simple change of website has made a real impact on how people have interacted with the American Government. There is no reason why the same result cannot be achieved by UCCSU with a new website.

The Obama campaign has shown how technology can encourage people to get
involved in decisions that affect them.

We need to completely overhaul the current SU website and Forum Boards to make them more user friendly and understandable.

I believe that most students are apathetic towards the union because it never asks them what they want except when the elections roll around.

We need to harness new technologies to get ordinary students involved in decision making. Regular surveys and focus groups will need to be conducted to make sure the opinions of ordinary students are being heard.

As Deputy President I promise to implement a state-of-the art Students’ Union website that is well designed and user friendly.

I will investigate models used in Ireland and the UK and implement the best format that will work for UCC.

In doing so, I will also put pressure on the UCC Computer Centre to scrap the current UCC website and develop a format that is much more navigatable and user friendly to students.

Looking for details and information on student services shouldn’t be this hard.

I also promise to ensure the Union puts in place an easy method for student feedback and involvement in major decisions that affect them.

VOTE POWER 4 DEPUTY