Another candidate for the role of DoSDA is Sam Gorman, who claims that he “knows everything there is to know” about societies and the Union. Though Socrates would argue this makes Mr Gorman a flawed candidate, his confident and focused manifesto may yet help him succeed. His manifesto centres itself around supporting societies and subcommittees.
In terms of facilitating feedback, there seems to be little focus on this aspect. Though most of Mr Gorman’s goals are focused on collaboration and furthering outreach, these goals cannot likely be attained without actively listening to and accepting the feedback of the groups he seeks to support. One pledge Mr Gorman does make is sending a survey to hear about societies’ concerns and needs in the wake of the pandemic.
As the main focus of Mr Gorman’s campaign, collaboration is an aspect on which he thoroughly expounds his methods on achieving. With a committed subsection for society support, Mr Gorman offers two main schemes for bettering the success of societies as well as their relationships to the Union: waiving the 25 member limit and widening the society fund criteria. He also makes a bold pledge of commitment to subcommittees. Mr Gorman’s commitment to collaboration is clear, and perhaps makes up for the more limited plans he has on facilitating feedback.
Mr Gorman’s specific goals for outreach include widening funding criteria for societies would be for better marketing for events and reclaiming Younger Hall. He believes these plans will attract more students to experience more society events than has been seen in many years.
Mr Gorman’s fleshed-out plans, in comparison to his opponent’s vague ones, instils the faith necessary. His confident voice, however, is both negative and positive; it questions how far he will go in accepting and addressing shortcomings within his role. Either way, his determination, dedication, and focus is certainly out of the question.