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Yes, it's student election season again. Here are my tips for not being harassed by people in bright t-shirts...

Yesterday, as I was walking up Eastern Avenue, a group of smiling people approached me. “Great”, I thought, “people who want to make friends with me after my incredible, Pulitzer-prize worthy post on this blog last week". But the moment I saw their brightly coloured t-shirts with bad puns on them, I knew I was wrong. It was then that I realised that's it's Union Board (USU) election season, and these people were a group of what is affectionately known as 'hacks' – student campaigners.

Don't get me wrong, I love the USU with its cheap food and its clubs and societies. But to be perfectly honest, USU board elections seem like school captain elections to me – earnestly contested, but ultimately pointless. If you want to talk to the candidates about what colour your take-away coffee cups should be, then don't let me stop you. But if that's not your thing, here are my tips to avoid being 'hacktacked':

1. Tell them that you're from UNSW
2. Tell them that you think Manning Bar should be torn down to make way for more classrooms
3. Look really angry
4. Look like you're about to cry
5. Look like you're violently ill
6. Ask one of them for a campaign t-shirt, and wear it. They won't preach to the converted
7. Pretend to be on a really important phone call
8. Tell them you're a conscientious objector to voting
9. Tell them you're a conscientious objector to puns
10. Above all, never make eye contact

At the end of the day though, make sure you're polite and respectful. One day you might get some urge to be involved in student politics, and you certainly won't want people being rude to you!

Any other tips for avoiding hacks during student elections? Post them below.


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