Marlies Bos (the left-wing fluffy type) and Jillis Herweijer (the right-wing Hooray Henry type) rarely see eye to eye on matters of politics, the environment or student life
JILLIS RESPONDS: Sadly I don't think there was much interest in the student council among students - even during elections. Perhaps this is because students doubt whether the council has any real influence. What has the student council really meant, concretely? The influence you have as a voter should motivate students to vote and to take an interest in the council. If that influence really exists, that is.
JILLIS: The student council: for years a phenomenon which appeared to be of interest to very few students, apart from those sitting on it. In my early years in Wageningen you still had three parties, then they went down to two and now Pulse/PSF (apparently they could not go it alone) has dropped out of the running too. Not a problem, if you ask me, because the students sitting on the council all want roughly the same thing anyway. Here and there you get a different emphasis, but all students want good facilities, inspiring teachers and to have their exams graded quickly. In fact you hardly need to hold election for this, especially seeing that the interest in being on this council is very minimal. Every year they have to beg for new candidates. Just make VeSte the registration point for anyone interested. It will avoid a lot of red tape.
MARLIES RESPONDS: It is true that few students really take much notice of it, but most students do think it's important to have a student council. Anyway, PSF was bigger than VeSte for years and then it was VeSte that couldn't find candidates...