Union Election Results: Epaminondas is Easter President

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The Cambridge Union Society has announced the results of its elections for the Standing Committee of Easter Term 2015. 

Five positions were on offer: President, Executive Officer, Speakers Officer, Social Events Officer and Treasurer. Elections also took place for Supplementary Committee whose members will serve in Lent Term 2015.

Christof Epaminondas, a second year at Trinity College, was elected to the role of President. He has served this term as Speakers Officer, overseeing the process that resulted in successful responses from Robert Downey Jr, Pussy Riot and the Israeli Ambassador. In Epaminondas’ manifesto he made it clear that he wishes to continue to bring in A-List speakers by appointing speakers deputies at the beginning of Lent term and thus hopefully increase the number of invitations sent out. He stood unopposed.

William Fitzalan Howard has been elected to Executive Officer, Katherine Reggler to Speakers and Helen Lam to Social Events. Unusually for Michaelmas term elections, the role of Treasurer was won by Trinity Hall fresher Jack Lewy with a significant margin of 98 votes (278 votes were cast in total).

Lewy was ecstatic: “To be elected onto the standing committee in my first term is a real privilege - I can't thank enough the people who took time out of their busy days to vote. I look forward to working with the rest of the committee to make Easter 2015 a great term!”

One noticeable aspect of this Union election was the fact that three positions went unchallenged, including that of President.

Ted Loveday, a former Union officer who organised last term's elections process, added: "It's always a shame to see so many uncontested positions. The problem is that people are nervous about putting themselves forward - they're afraid that they're 'not experienced' or not a 'Union insider'.

"In reality, the Union is much more accessible than most people realise - Jack Lewy, a first-year, won the election for Treasurer, and the vast majority of appointed officers each term are totally fresh faces.

"I wish the new committee the very best of luck - and I hope they work hard to make the Union seem like a friendlier, more welcoming and accessible place for its own members."

When contacted, the Cambridge Union Society was unavailable for comment. 

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