Election program

You can download the election program as a pdf-file here.

PREFACE

We, the green alternative electoral alliance (grün alternatives Wahlbündnis or gaW), are a left-wing, ecologist, political group of students. We are an independent group and are not funded by any institution or association. It is our concern to simplify your access to this university. In order to to that, we want to make admission easier and dismantle and reduce processes and obstacles that act as a barriers.
We believe that stimutation of independent thinking and responsible conduct when it comes to finite resources should be part of studying at university.
We want to support and give those leverage who participate in grassroots democratical efforts at our university. We are allies of all refugees and would like to facilitate guest auditor admissions and the possibility of continuing degrees that had to be given up in their country of origin. This is why we need more German classes to prepare future students for their endeavors.
Transparency is one of our key topics. We demand and encourage greater transparency. We consider the live streaming of our parliament‘s sessions to be a step in the right direction. We want to meet these claims ourselves, so all of our sessions are open to the public. To us, transparency does not equal surveillence. We are very opposed to cameras at the entries of campus and any measure to enable systemic monitoring of students.
We are against university-military cooperations and  in favor of a strict civil clause with transparently working boards.
Another one of our aims is to focus on student life in Siegen: We stand for social housing in proximity to university campus.

SUSTAINABILITY

Students should not do without good and reasolably priced food. Fruits and vegetables could and should come from regional distributors and be fair trade. Why is the cous-cous salad from out of town? Why is meat from livestock reared in the appropriate conditions offered only once a semester? Why is there no daily vegan option besides the salad buffet? Part of a healthy diet for meat eaters is to eat animal products from healthy animals. We want the meat used in our mensa not to come from intense factory farming.
Are you vegan or vegetarian? Do you have any food intolerances? We want better labelling for all food distributed at our university. This works at the salad buffet, let‘s get the same labelling in Cafeteria and Bistro! To many students it is important to know whether there is gelatin in the yoghurt or butter added to their vegetables. We do not want students to be excluded from participating in everyday university life; and eating is definitely part of that. Vegan meals have many advantages. For example, they are suitable for people intolerant to lactose or antibiotics and people of many faiths.
We would also welcome an international delicacy project, for example once a week. This could be helpful in starting conversations, learning about different cultures and hopefully ultimately in reducing prejudice.
Not enough time between classes to go to mensa and you get your salad in Bistro or Cafeteria? The plastic containers for salads and dressings may be functional and easy, but there need to be some alternatives! Plastic is an essential characteristic of our consumer society! We throw plastic away and animals die, since the food chain is manipulated by our plastic waste. To avoid plastic, sandwiches are already sold in paper bags and now reusable cups are offered in both Cafeteria and Bistro – more of this, please!

We want to help students educate themselves on topics like sustainability and ecology by offering field trips on edible mushrooms and medicinal herbs. We want to give students the oppostunity to learn about their surroundings hands on and beyond auditoriums and lecture halls. The woods are a great resource and an easy way to find out in what ways to be self-sufficient and indepentent of supermarkets.
To many people it is a luxury to harvest what they planted themselves. One of our goals is to establish a kitchen garden at the university for students to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Forming a gardening initiative would enable students to form their own green space, to live and eat more attentively. Gardening is a nice way to meet new people and to be able to eat and share your own harvest is a rewarding and collaborative experience!

Our university is growing. With more buildings there are consequently less green areas. We would like to keep the surroundings as friendly, colorful and healthy as possible. Flowers, ivy and other plants would make for a more pleasant surroundings while definitely contributing to our environment‘s protection. We urge a planting concept for our university.

Many universities have student representatives concerning themselves with ecology and sustainability and we demand one for our university as well.
Furthermore, we ask for motion detectors for corridor lighting and an upgrade of the illuminants used. We ask for all copying machines to be operated with recycled paper and the utilization of roof surfaces for energy production.
There is too much food in your fridge you do not know how to consume? We want to facilitate food sharing in Siegen and especially at our university.

DISCRIMINATION AND BARRIERS

Anti-discriminatory work is an important part of our efforts. We are aware of multiple discriminations interfering with each other and thus our feminism is intersectional.
Our goal is to raise awareness for various privileges, to call into question and ultimately to overcome existing power structures. We want to introduce this work in AStA as well by establishing an awareness project. Some of the topics the experts would concern themselves with are discriminations of all forms, chronic, psychological and_or physical disablements, sexism (hetero-, cis-sexism), racial and_or classist issues. We know this list is no where near complete. Those affected and their perspectives are essential for this kind. Another way of more inclusive political work at our university is to translate content published by AStA into English and simple language. This way information would reach more students.
We demand more all gender welcome bathrooms at our university and the possibility to be refered to by the correct name, even if it does not coincide with the name in the person‘s passport. These are some of the ways we want to fight against institutionalized discrimination of trans* and inter* students and staff.
In order to help people help themselves, trigger warnings or content notes should be published in LSF concerning class contents, and on invitations to AStA events.
We also encourage the implementation of a feedback box where students can anonymously voice their concerns and point out issues.

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS

There are many reasons for a more efficient public transport system: for example it could help overcome the parking issues students face on certain campus and our environment would benefit from fewer cars cruising around town.
The current public transport situation is not free of barriers – especially at Unteres Schloss campus. We demand a more effective use of the busses, raising the number of busses that are simply overcrowded and cutting down on those who are not – can not be – used. Even if classes are finished for the term, we need a targeted use of the UX busses for the period of finals. In order to develop an efficient bus schedule, we want survey students and comply with their needs.
The parking issues are especially bad at Unteres Schloss campus.  Students have to use the parking spaces available at Adolf-Reichwein campus. Increasing parking at Adolf-Reichwein campus and optimizing bus schedules, this seems to be the most sensible solution.
Many universities‘ students‘ tickets allow the transport of a bike and_or to take along another person. We ask for this to be an item of the agenda for future negotiations concerning the students‘ ticket. Another goal is the expansion of the ticket‘s validity beyond NRW and into neighbouring federal states.

CONGLOMERATE OF OTHER CLAIMS

With a students‘ culture card we want to enable more students to participate in Siegen‘s cultural offerings at favorable conditions. This card would allow free entrance in museums and the theater. Moreover, we want to act as an interface among culturally active students by creating a platform for creative artists to coordinate themselves, cooperate and network.
There are a few issues in the way the sports the university offers are implemented: binding applications, the direct debit procedure and the
queue to make payment are all obstacles we want to minimize.
An idea would be a sports‘ show in the beginning of the term for groups to present themselves and an introductory week for people to try a class before the registration deadline. Waiting-list candidates should be moved up throughout the term if someone decides to leave a limited admission class.
At the University of Siegen we have a student ID, a student ticket, a library card, a copy card – that is a lot of individual cards. We would welcome a fusion of these into one handy card while maintaining data and monetary security for students.

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