This week started really strong with a productive 9am Monday morning meeting! Brendan and I met with Andrew J Smith (VP of Corporate Services) and Kirsten Jeffreys (Director of Facilities and Services) to talk about the SSU operating the Hammer & Swine more often. We had submitted a proposal last week outlining our plans to operate during the day and potentially more evenings. I’m happy to say that it looks like we will be able to go ahead with operating during the day (all being well) however due to the costs involved in security guards which are required in the evenings and for larger events, we would be sticking to just Thursday night operation in Semester two. Although we need to discuss and plan a lot more the SSU will be applying for a permanent liquor licence straight away so we can have signage up for the required 28 days prior to semester 2. I’m very excited about this as this is such an underutilised space on campus and I think it will be an awesome space to hang out during the day. I hope it means more people can find our offices and also potentially brings some more business to the bookshop too.

Also on Monday we finished up our interview process for a new Café manager and we have now hired Vyner who has previously managed the kitchen at a student residence hall and has over 30 years of experience in the industry.
Vyner started work on Thursday and already has many changes underway. It’s so great to see a motivated and positive attitude. Unfortunately our previous manager Debbie has resigned now (she previously planned to just step back) but will be staying on to offer Barista training and hopefully more in the future. We will miss her in the café but her health is more important.

Our Executive Officer, myself and a couple of the guys from the Swine team met up for a bit of a chat about advertising. We have some good plans to streamline advertising with the Swine and SSU in the future. We also had a chat about the media committee structure moving forward.

Anthony, Tori, James and myself also met up with two staff from Alumni and had a chat about how we can work together to grow networks and run events in the future. I see so much potential here and I can’t wait to get stuck in to working together. Watch this space!!

This week the University Council Elections ended and a staff and student representative were elected to the council. Congratulations to Catherine Rojas (staff) and Adnan Islam (Student)! I just need to stress again though how bad this election system is. Both candidates were elected with only around 30% of votes. That means around 70% of the relevant cohort voted for somebody else! You certainly can’t say this is good representation!
I’m hopeful though that the SSU can work closely with Adnan in the future and help get the student voice heard and make the necessary changes to a terrible system. Let’s get some transparency to University Council rather than secret meetings with secret documents!

Two final points;
1. Apologies for the lack of pictures recently, I shall endeavouor to take more from now on!
2. Vote on election day at Swinburne and grab a democracy sausage from our SSU BBQ!