As I come to the end of my final year I am beginning to realise that only an Easter break filled with coursework and a few short exams separate me from throwing a hat in the air and greeting what comes next after graduating from university. It’s a scary thought and at times like this, I remember all the Ex-Guild Officers who were going through the same thing last year and even the year before; perhaps a sign I’ve been doing this job far too long. They’ve all graduated. Some have moved on (not all) and they’ve all become pretty functional human beings by most standards. There is still hope.
So, as I look to the future, I’m confident that we’ve started something good here at SB. We’ve just had the bi-election and I can now confirm that we have an almost full officer team. (We’re still searching for that Vice Chair and Treasurer. Emails Inbound.) Current officers are looking forward to getting to know the new recruit over the coming months and making sure they’re up to speed with what they’ll be getting up to. The handover meal will take place, so look out you lot. Shout out to my successor, Ed Koffler, as he shadows me in the period up to midnight of summer ball – I’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need before I run off.
So onto the term, second one down and what a term it has been!
We’ve been cracking our nuts off these past few months with some fantastic events. `Anything But Clothes’ shed the exam blues away and was a great start to an even greater term. We then had a brilliantly organised Societies Ball, with Charli Twyford and Daniel Amor fronting the organisation. A fantastic job by both – you’re a great team. The smiles in each photo just shows it was all worth the blood, sweat and tears.
Next up was the return of SB Battle of the Bands. The Banner was even bigger and bolder than last year and the event followed suit. A total of six Bands competed for the sweet prize money. Well fought by all but hats off to Loxley, Kynch and Medici who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The short mosh pit in the bar was definitely a personal highlight.
Tyler Willard and Meg Whitwam certainly deserve a mention. They have run two absolutely fantastic events in the last few weeks. First of all was the St Patricks Day Dining In, the last formal meal of the year and my very last one as an SB Student. Needless to say my speech was flawless, there were many tears and I received a sitting ovation! It was an eventful evening but a really good one and all cows taken that night were politely returned with their backs looking slightly more worn in. I think many of us are still recovering from their most recent event, the Silent Disco. It was certainly a triumph and we’ve had endless comments from you all saying how much you enjoyed it. I’ve heard two years of Junior Ents officers discuss Silent Discos during their hustings (including myself…) to no avail but congratulations to you both on making it a reality. A wise Guild would certainly run it again next year *wink*.
Finally, some seeds sown just before Easter include the Kegworth Konnect Campaign, to make the area surrounding campus safer for commuters whether walking, cycling or driving between campus and Kegworth and making the whole process of coming to campus easier with regard to the general lack of parking on campus. We’ve got 742 people on board on the Facebook page so watch this space. Jodie Wainwright and Darcie Stott are on it like a car bonnet, literally…
I’ll save a truly sappy reflection of the year for a time when I’ve got less on my plate workwise. From all the officers and myself, we hope you all have a fantastic Easter Break and we’ll see you back on campus when it’s, fingers crossed, a bit warmer.
Sam Riley – Guild Chair