‘This particular rector election cycle has been nothing short of colourful’ says SRC President Ameer Ibrahim, introducing the evening’s proceedings, and he’s not wrong; beginning back in January when we found out no candidates had been nominated, the re-opened nominations saw two globally controversial figures – right-wing pundit and vocal Trump supporter Milo Yiannopoulos, and Canadian psychology professor Jordan Peterson, who came under fire recently for his refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to students and staff. Other big names include ex-Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable, prominent human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, and Lady Cosgrove, the first female senator of the College of Justice, along with anti-ISIS YPG fighter Brace Belden and four recent Glasgow University graduates.
Sick of being accosted by Rector Campaigners on Library Hill? Me too. A campaigner almost punched me in the face with a Snowden flyer today, screaming with bloodshot eyes that “I DESERVE PRIVATE E-MAILS DAMMIT!” I moved on, not wanting to get into an argument while I was already late for class, but I couldn’t help but think to myself just how… belittling it is that Edward Snowden is a genuine candidate for Glasgow University Rector.
On that note, let’s talk about game characters who should be Rector.