SPE List: Greenception

Cyrielle Goldberg, President of Greenception, interviewed by Mark Narusov

17903335_1283382341783033_3147807639297185869_n.jpgThe debate that took place on the 19th of April between the two lists running for the leadership of the Sciences Po Environnement bureau — Greenception and SPEcimen — proved to be substantive, non-confrontational and informative.

Cyrielle Goldberg, the president of the Greenception list, declared that the main priority for the list would be “being a stronger bureau in Reims”[1]. She elaborated: “Our main points are to develop the panier bio, especially for those who benefit from bursary funds; to do another COP simulation, because the COP 22 worked really well. Regarding the city itself, we’d like to be further implanted inside the city with more partnerships, more deals with restaurants, and more initiatives to have a greener city and be more present.” Grégoire d’Allest, Co-Head of Communications, added that for Greenception it is also important to impact other bureaux, “to make them more responsible, to make them greener.” He elaborated: “Rather than buying plastic cups all the time, to buy large amounts of eco-cups– say 300– and share them at the beginning of the year.”

Answering the question of which single project they would implement if they could, Cyrielle stated that her list would prioritize the Cop-23 summit: “Cop 23 would be the most important. This year when they did it, it was really difficult to organize. But we’ve seen just how much of a success it’s been, and how people can get more involved in the environment on a political level. For COP 23, I think we’d like to go farther, and implement it as a tradition.”

Asked about whether their list was based on friendship or other criteria, Cyrielle said: “We asked everyone from the association this year what they expected for next year. We drew in a mixture of motivated old people as well as new people, based fully on personal motivation as well as the fact they must be environmentalists. Friendship ties played a minimal role, which is what makes it really diverse”.

I decided to ask Greenception a question that would allow their representative to directly address the differences between the two competing lists.

Why should people vote specifically for your list? How are you different from SPEcimen?

As we’ve seen in the debate, in our vision of ecology in general, we are quite similar. We have different ideas in our programs and how to do what, but I don’t think that if, for example, [president of the SPEcimen list] Anton was to give me one of his ideas I would refuse to do it. I think I would be interested just as much. What I see our difference is mainly is experience. We have half of our members who have been in the association. Of course, you could tell me that, well, it’s exactly the same for other bureaus — there is one list with what we call “the babies”, and the other one with new people, and why shouldn’t they be just as legitimate to be elected? I think it’s really different in Sciences Po Environnement because first of all, you don’t have to be part of the bureau to be part of the association. You can be part of the bureau and you’re just here to ask some questions and propose projects, and you have people in the association working with you, and they can give you just as many ideas as you have in the executive or in your bureau. In the other bureaux you have to be part of the bureau to work on its projects. What I think is very important for SPE is that there is a very specific way of dealing with money, dealing with partnerships. We didn’t have much money this year. We didn’t even have a treasurer because it was an association and not a bureau. I think it’s very different. For example, the member of our list who was in the paniers Bio pole this year is head of the pole in our list. She knows exactly what kind of vegetable and stuff goes here, how you get them and so on. And also, just technical stuff, like the panier bio. I think it’s really necessary. I learnt this year what could or couldn’t be accomplished, particularly in regards to the administration. For example, Anton talked about the compost, which I think is an excellent idea. The thing is, we have tried it this year, and the administration is really strict about what they will let us do on campus. Being in SPE for a year showed me how I could solve this problem and have [the administration] be a bit more welcoming towards green initiatives.”

[1] The quote is from a transcription of the debate that was written by Zak Vescera and published in the Sundial (https://sundialpress.co/2017/04/20/spe-debate-april-19th-2017/)

BDE List: Freimds

Kenza Halimi, President of Friemds, interviewed by Sara Sanabria


Why did you choose your BDE name?

We choose the name because of the relationship to the Friends show. We found that it corresponds with the spirit of the team and the type of campaign we wanted to produce. Like the characters in the show, we too are a dynamic group of individuals who are all friends at the end of the day. As well, the name highlights the idea of bringing students of the campus together.

What is your ultimate goal as a list?

Like the name, our ultimate goal is to bring together the integration of the campus. We want to promote diversity and we see this as a strength of our list. We hope to balance day and night life events to fit with the diversity of our student body and promote cohesion.

What is the biggest quality of the other BDE list?

The biggest quality is their communication and the way they craft an image for themselves. They have good visuals and they are very good at promoting their image and their vision for the BDE. Their vision however, is different from ours, as ours focuses on inclusion through a diversity of events and projects. Their vision, from what we observed, is very professional and based on a good marketing which is a different direction than ours.

What does reliability mean to your list and how do you plan to be a reliable BDE next year?

Transparency. It means regular reports of what projects are and how they are developing. Along with reliability, we believe there must be trust, which means not just talking about issues, but proactively solving them as well as executing projects and respecting the engagements made in the campaigns.

What do you see is the biggest obstacle you will have to face as a BDE next year and how do you plan to tackle it?

Achieving the integration that everyone talks about. We believe that regular day and night events are not what brings people together. Instead, we would like to see creative solutions to bridge together the Eurams, Eurafs and exchange students. For example, looking at Potter Week we found that if you give a common goal to the student body, they will unconsciously integrate. We would like to build off of this and create events for this purpose or perhaps integrate this element into other events.

How would you describe your list in 1-3 words?

We like to push boundaries so I’ll say Building the bridges; bringing people together.’

AS List: SportsContenders

Joséphine Zilioli, interviewed by Gaëlle Fournier


What did you think of this Campaign week? How is it going? What events have you attended?

It was really crazy! We had a lot of fun, it has created incredible links between the members of the list even though we didn’t necessarily know each other before. The Campaign week is a huge amount of stress and zero sleeping hours, but we try our best to make it fun so everyone on campus can make the most of it. And it seems to work, the people are super happy. Our biggest success was the chocolate. We delivered some throughout the Easter weekend and we distributed it every day on campus. It pleases everyone! We also held a Color Run, and a treasure hunt in Reims with WhoArtYou, with Lacoste prizes and Krug Champagne as prizes. On campus, every day has corresponded to a sport: football, basketball, body strength… The equipment was made available and everyone could play! We even established a betting system so everyone, even athletes, could participate and attempt to win prizes. People seemed to enjoy it, we had good feedback with the activity. We also had a lot of collaborations with the other lists: a huge workout session with Greeception, a club night with Dom Périmion, an evening with FREIMDS… But our biggest event is this Saturday: a huge PARK DAY! We hope you are ready.

Why should we vote for Sports Contenders?

First and foremost, because we are efficient. The list was created later than the others and we have succeeded at accomplishing a lot in very little time. If our team works so well and has such a good atmosphere, it’s because we get along well! Of course, we are all different: each one of us brings a little yet necessary addition. The duo Mamadou-Marie (President/VP) works marvellously,  Mamadou has an unparalleled energy, he is always motivated for everything, and Marie is a born organiser. Our goal is to be really accessible, we truly want to be inclusive because that’s one of the sport values, and because it’s what brings us together. The idea is that we are passionate about what we do and we want to share that as much as possible. Beyond that, we are conscious about what the role of the AS is, and what the AS should be like on a growing campus. We know the problems teams are confronted with (12 members out of 14 are in a sports team), but we’re also concerned with exchange students, independent athletes and less athletic people. We have solutions to these problems and having the opportunity to ameliorate things would be a great present!

If you were to be elected, what would be your main objectives and missions next year?

We really want to promote integration via information: we hope to create informational modules to inform all the students, and especially international and exchange students, on the list of sports available at Sciences Po and in Reims. We have remarked that at this point that the inscriptions pédagogique for sport were confusing for the exchange students: we want to change that. Beyond this, we also want to invite non-athletes to become more interested in what the AS does; for this, we hope to democratise sport as much as possible by organising accessible events (yes, that’s really our moto), *laughs* during which everyone can have fun! To do this, it will be crucial to collaborate with other bureaux and associations. The objective is to put sport back at the centre of student life. Yet we obviously won’t forget the sports teams: we created a pole especially for them, the Relationship pole, which is an intermediary between teams and the administration, because that’s also what the AS is about. These are our principal objectives, but I recommend anyone willing to learn a bit more to go on our Facebook page and to read our detailed program.

What would be different in comparison to the current AS and the other list, Asvengers?

We want to ameliorate the relations between teams and administrations, whether that be with the Mairie (city council) or with Sciences Po, by creating a new Relationship pole. We hope to establish monthly meetings with the sports team captains as to obtain their feedback and discuss the problems they face, so we can do our best to solve them and eventually transmit all of this to the administration: one of our first aims, which we share with Asvengers, is to obtain sports fields which are closer and more accessible for training. We would start negotiating with the competent authorities as soon as elected, so starting from May. We would to also obtain from the administration the authorisation to allow absences on Thursday afternoon to participate in the games organised by FFSU (inter-universities games). Also, something the other list does not offer, is to ameliorate the campus spirit and communication between the two Euraf and Euram programs, by organising friendly matches between the programs: above all, we hope to popularise the local games between universities so you can support your favorite team! Of course, we want to perpetuate what has already become a tradition: the Trashernity, but go further. Indeed, we want to extend this team spirit all year/semester-long! Independently of our program or status, we will organise students and teams for monthly competitions: football, runs, yoga, arm wrestling… The winning team would receive a prize at the end of the year/semester. Thanks to our sponsorships with Footing+ and Saint Remi Sport, we will do our best to accelerate the confection and distribution of sports shirts, so we are ready for the first WEIC of the year! For those who are not in a team, we have not forgotten you!  We have obtained special reductions especially reserved for you, Sciences Po students, on all the sport articles at Footing+ and Saint Remi Sport, which are 3 minutes away from campus! You no longer have the need to go to Décathlon or Go Sport, you get 20% off!

Why do you think you are best suited for this position?

In terms of positions, we share a bit everything during the Campaign week, so everything is best handled. If we are elected, I would be in the Communication pole with Justine Sène (Euram) and Chloé Rochet (Euraf). I believe I have a place in this trio in the sense that I am reactive and I like knowing how things evolve, which is essential for doing good comm’: the person in charge of communication needs to know exactly what is happening in each pole to be the most transparent and precise possible in what they transmit to students. My curiosity and my involvement in the list allows me to be efficient in comm’ and to be relatively visible in this overbooked Campaign week.

What is your experience in this domain?

I am on Facebook 24/7! At the beginning, I was in the Events pole, but I turned out to be more efficient in communication and it’s what I like to do, because without comm’, events that we prepare in the Events pole would not be able to occur. It’s especially demanding and you have to master social networks, but it’s truly fulfilling and I like it a lot.

If you were a famous athlete, who would you be and why?

Not a bad question! I grew up watching handball, my family is a fan and all my brothers have done [handball], so I would say Thierry Omeyer, who has now retired, or one of the Karabatic brothers. I even met them once, a total coincidence. Frankly, they’re super tall.

BDA List: Who Art You?

Aurora Hawcroft, President, interviewed By Alexandra Junge


Introduce yourself and tell me a fun fact about yourself

Hi I’m Aurora Hawcroft and I’m from Australia. I’m born on New Years Day and I have a pet turtle. I am currently accepting donations of sleep, coffee, and peanut butter.

Why did you want to join the BDA?

Well, I joined the baby BDA last year mainly because art plays a really big role in my life. Wherever you are it’s so important for me to find the culture and artistic side of who you are surrounded by. Therefore, when I came to Reims I wanted to both show my art and access everyone’s artistic side on campus

What is behind your BDA name: Who Art You?

We want to evolve the art on campus, and not just be there for those who already know that they’re artistic, but for those that don’t know that they have an artistic side yet. That is why our name is Who Art You – because it makes people think about who they are from an artistic perspective. It’s about helping people find their identity and sparking that artistic side in everyone.

How would you describe your team?

Dynamic, multi-talented, extremely hard working, a bit weird, and eclectic. When we put the list together, we wanted to put people in the respective poles they were passionate about and really loved. We really wanted people that are passionate, and we think this will be contagious. I think we’re working really well together and becoming really close.

How do you see the BDA evolve over the next year?

The BDA did a great job last year but we want to be more active, especially in terms of night events next year. We all also saw how FDA was absolutely amazing, it really showed off the artistic capacity on campus and we really want to showcase this from the start of the very beginning of the school year. We want to showcase all kinds of music and find new venues. Additionally, with the new buildings we will have more access to music and art rooms, which we will monitor and we want to ensure they are going to be used to their full extent. We want to be known as a community on campus that is fun, accessible, and approachable for everyone!

What has been your favorite part of campaign week so far?

*Laughs nervously* Besides the rap battle I had with Pr. Muldoon, I couldn’t just say one event. Honestly, at this point we are all so sleep deprived, but it has been so lovely to see everyone in the glass hallway and at the events everyday, and really putting their heart and soul into their work. I love how it’s bringing out a sense of community on campus and within the groups.

How does not having a competing list influence your campaign?

We’ve not let it influence the campaign because we want to put in all our effort. We want to show how we will be as a BDA. We have also collaborated with all the other lists for at least one event and I have to say it’s been great to get to know the other lists, and I’m sure whoever gets elected will do great next year.

What kind of BDA president do you want to be?

Within our team I want to be approachable, and a leader that can co-ordinate everyone’s ideas. On campus, I want to be someone who represents the international scene and just works on mixing a wide variety of people on campus. I just really want to show people great art and think outside the box. For me, it’s all about the arts and I just want to showcase this in the best way possible.