Aine Bennett is running for Community Relations Officer in St Andrews Elections 2016. Here’s our interview, we had each of our sections write a question.  


Most embarrassing moment at St Andrews.

This Freshers’ week I had been working until close (3am in Freshers’ week) nearly every night at the Union so I was exhausted. We’d just had the Charities Campaign sandcastle competition and BBQ so I had spent two hours not being Rory McLion, because everyone knows he’s a real lion, and several more stood around talking to Freshers about the campaign. The only thing keeping me going was the thought of the risotto I would make when I got home. But when I got home I discovered, to my dismay, that my flat mate had thrown out the celery that was a key ingredient. Obviously the only sensible reaction was to throw a screaming temper tantrum that is referred to as ‘celery gate’ to this day.

Which House of Cards/Game of Thrones character would you most likely be compared to?

Claire Underwood, I’m slowly starting to develop some emotions.

Which literary movement would you most likely associate yourself with? Pick an author whose ideology best reflects your policies as candidate.

Realism. I feel Honoré de Balzac’s Comedie Humaine shows the attention to details in people’s lives I will pay in the Community Council.

If you had to choose between money and morality which would you choose, and why?

Morality because there’s not much point being rich if you feel guilty all the time.

Thoughts on working breakfasts? 

No one should talk before at least brunch time, not a fan of mornings.

How does your style reflect your personality? 

I wear a lot of baggy jumpers.

What policy is unpopular but something you strongly believe in?

Running against someone who’s already on the committee. I believe strongly in doing this because I think I am the strongest candidate.

To Pat Mat or not to Pat Mat? 

To have completely normal and friendly relations with Pat.

Favourite escape from the bubble?


Which movie hero do you identify with?

I watch a lot more TV than movies, I’d like to think I’m CJ from the West Wing but I’m probably Hannah from Girls.

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