Nominations for the position of Director to the Arc Board have closed and it appears this year’s election will be the most contested in the history of the student organisation.
Arc’s 18,000 members will elect 3 Directors, one representing undergraduate students, one representing postgraduate students and one representing students from the College of Fine Arts.
Arc Board Directors have the responsibility of setting the strategic direction of the organisation, determining the budget for Arc’s student bodies and expanding Arc into new areas.
The major political factions at UNSW tend to avoid running overt candidates for Arc Board – generally seen as an apolitical body, however the introduction of the $263 Student Services and Amenities Fee as seen the emergence of a number of candidates with significant organisational backing.
Participants of Arc’s Yellow Shirt volunteer program have nominated for all three positions – largely campaigning on a platform of increasing funds to clubs and volunteer programs.
Campaigning for Arc Board is generally limited, particularly compared to the much more lively and competitive Student Representative Council elections, however Tharunka understands that a number of campaigns will be ramping up efforts this year – using posters, flyers, on the ground campaigning and a significant online presence.
A source close to one campaign, with experience in student elections, told Tharunka board elections were no longer something that can be won with a handful of votes.
“Increased interest in Arc due to the new student services fee will make elections much more competitive. We’re going all out – posters, events, stalls, a strong online presence and tapping into student networks like clubs and colleges,” they said.
Elections will be held in Week 10.