Kia ora koutou!
My name is Pierce Crowley (he/him) and I am running to be your UCSA President. I am running alongside the amazing Xavier Moir for Engagement Officer. Both of us came onto the UCSA executive this year from the outside, passionate to change the way the UCSA worked for all students in our community. We are running again to solidify the gains made, and ensure transformative change at the UCSA and within UC as a whole.
A (small) bit about myself: Born in Ireland (that is the accent), but Christchurch is where I call home, I study law and a BA in history. I consider myself a semi-professional plant-dad (formerly ameteur), love a swim at the beach, and having a mildly concerning addiction to acquiring vinyl records...
Why I am running for President: I came into the UCSA as the first president elected from outside of the executive in 15 years. At that time, I stated that many groups had felt the UCSA hadn’t been working for them, and I wanted to change this. We’ve made great strides towards this goal. We’ve strengthened our relationship with Te Akatoki. We’ve focused on engaging with under-served communities such as our International students. We established the mental health subcommittee to ensure spendingbenefits students. And we’ve brought back $2 rice(!!!) just to name a few. However, there is still more work to do. The UCSA is our association as students, and we are committed to ensuring that equity, representation, and student voice is embedded in all actions of the UCSA. Here are our policies:
Revamp our Events
Let’s make our events better, and provide fresh reasons to come together on campus again. We are proposing to bring a Bottomless Brunch to the UCSA once a term (perhaps more if the demand is there...). We want to refresh Mono, by introducing termly ‘on-repeat-night style’ themed nights where everyone can have a say on what we want to boogie to (as well as the doof and band-gig staples of olde). We want to revamp the V-Plate, modernising the system. We also want to institute a daily dinner meal deal programme at the Foundry, to provide cheap eats every day.
Rebuild our Community
We want to put in place policies that will empower students to thrive on campus again. We want to upskill our clubs, through club skill sessions – including things like finance management, alcohol licensing, event management, and more. Further, we want to lobby the university to change the library fare structure to a more equitable model. Speaking of the library, we think the space on the second floor should be utilised in a better way, bringing more study space back for students. We want to make sanitary products universally accessible on campus. This would mean whether you are in the halls, in the library, or in Haere-roa products would be free and accessible. We also would like to see sanitary bins placed in all bathrooms on campus.
Represent your Voice
We want to make sure the UCSA is catering to all students. This means a comprehensive review of all our food offerings to look at price, and types of food. We want to make the executive more transparent, by opening our offices, introducing the UCSA staff to students, and providing some free drinks and nibbles all at the same time. We also want to establish regular Vice Chancellor Forums, so students can quiz them on issues of the day. We also think anonymous marking should be the norm across campus to combat implicit bias. We are committed to continuing to deepen our partnership with Te Akatoki. This means using the mana of the UCSA to ensure that pay equity is achieved in a timely manner, among other goals. Looking at the UCSA as a whole, we want to restructure all roles on the executive, to ensure that structurally we are catering to as many students as we can.
Thanks for reading through this. We would love to have your vote!
If you want to learn more, check out www.cometogether.nz
for more comprehensive details on our policies. And remember:
VOTE CROWLEY/MOIR 2023!