[NOTE: The results are in.]
It doesn’t seem like a year since I posted about the Craccum election a year ago, but it is exactly a year since I posted that post a year ago.
Last year I knew all of the candidates (besides Keesing’s bizarre running mate, who apparently ended up campaigning for her competition or something â€“ poor Nick just can’t catch a break). This year I know barely any, but I have their blurbs in this week’s Craccum, which is very good and worth the read. I also wandered through the quad looking at posters. That’s all.
In order of alphabet.
Spencer Dowson and Rhys Mathewson
I don’t know Spencer, but I’m reliably informed by someone campaigning against him that he’s a tremendously nice fellow. Apparently he’s been very busy this year contributing to Craccum, which is points in his favour, as he’d actually have some idea of how to make the magazine happen. He was “guest editor” once, but doesn’t go into detail of what that entailed.
The blurb informs me that I’d recognise Rhys Mathewson from his stand-up comedy and several very annoying ads. God knows why they’d want to remind me of those, but apparently he’s done some writing for The Jono Project, which is actually pretty entertaining at times.
Smart posters, following a recognisable structure and at the same time pretty funny. I like the “Double Team” one, possibly because they do very barely resemble Tenacious D.
Only a few grammatical errors in their blurb.
My favourite blurb, because it was actually a bit fun to read, and that’s the job they’re going for. [EDIT: Fernando has given a bit more info about his experience in the comments below.]
And Andrew Fernando should swap his names around by deed poll.
Also, nice big banner placement.
And I remember really liking one of their posters, but I can’t remember which one.
Also, very few grammatical errors in their blurb.
Finally, Fernando Andrew should give lessons in smouldering looks.
Gregory Kan and Briony Bennett
Whine, whine, whine. Here’s a blurb that somehow got printed a few weeks too late for the AVP position for which it was clearly intended.
Less than 20 people write regularly.
No shit. “Less than 20 people write regularly” is a law of physics. It’s not going to change. Hell, after ads and obligations, you’ve only got about 20 pages of content. Just how many regular writers do you want?
And it’s fewer than 20 people write. GRAMMAR-LAWYERED.
The same jokes written by the same writers each week makes for a stale publication.
The same complaints and promises written in every year’s election blurbs make for… stale… election blurbs.
As editors, we will proactively seek new writers.
Just as every editor has done for the last 10 years. Except Colin. And probably Garland.
We guarantee a welcome reception for anyone who wants to see their name in print.
I’m sure that’ll be a welcome change from Dan punching everyone in the face who comes to offer to help him make a magazine without pay. And! If a “welcome reception” means that any fuck-knuckle who walks in the door goes to print, you’ll have a pretty shitty magazine.
There’s a reason that “for years, Craccum has been run by a small group of people”. They’re the small group of people who get off their arse and contribute throughout the year.
I like their promise not to take on any other commitments. And I liked their dancing-bears poster, if that was them. [EDIT: It was Fernando! There was something in the air that night! The stars were bright! Fernando!]
Freddy Woodhouse and Charlotte Stevens
No photo in blurb! Wrong year cited for the last time Craccum had a female editor!
Anyway, I know these two, and they’re good value. They’re the closest candidates to the style of Craccum of five years ago, so naturally I’d like them. But if you don’t go in for that sort of thing, you won’t.
Freddy’s been an active contributor to Craccum for a while; I’m not sure about Charlotte.
Also creators of the excellent “people know who we are” poster. And their other posters are routinely awesome.
Interesting to look at who nominated and seconded the various candidates. Dowson and Mathewson were nominated by this year’s sub-editor. Last year’s editor, Val Watkins, seconded Hawkes/Fernando and Kan/Bennett. Kan and Bennett were nominated by AUSA President-elect Joe McCrory, while his AVP-elect Sam Durbin nominated Woodhouse and Stevens.
Woodhouse and Stevens were also seconded by two ladies who sound like they’re from a buddy cop film. “I’ve got the Mayor on the line threatening to sack me for all this damage! Get Heaps and Doole in here, NOW!”
Students don’t elect Craccum editors. AUSA members elect Craccum editors. That means a whole bunch of people who like candidates’ posters and lecture speaks won’t be voting.
And the kind of people who vote for Craccum are either regular readers who have an opinion of what they’d like to see more of or less of; or they’re people who never touch the magazine because they hate it so much and would vote for a complete change. Or they’re first-years who have little or no idea.
But the first group is much larger than the latter two. Votes will tend towards recognisable names, which means it’ll be either Dowson/Mathewson or Woodhouse/Stevens who wins. Unless some of the others have contributed regularly, which I don’t know. [EDIT: Fernando is another regular contributor, as mentioned in the comments below. And The Mole comments that Briony had submitted, and Andrew had a few satirical pieces published.] And either of them could do the job, so that’s okay.
Still, nice to see what I’m told is the hardest contested election in some time. Given how hard out last year was, that’s saying something.