June 10, 2005

THE END IS NIGH (51 days to go…)

The last remnants of our dying regime are preparing to be swept from office in a bloodless coup.

Ok, perhaps it’s not that severe but our term of office is definitely moving towards a close. On July 1st we’ll begin our handover for the Sabb-Elects and then at the very end of the month we’ll literally hand over the keys to our offices and we’re done.

My contract with the University of Warwick Students’ Union expires at midnight on 31st July.

With that in mind I thought it might be nice to do a little review of the year.

The official one can be found on the Union website if you click here… link
…but I’d also really like to hear directly from all of you exactly how you feel this year has gone.

What have we done this year that really pissed you off? Restricting access to Soul Nation? Renaming ‘Zippy’s’ as ‘The Graduate Club’?

What have we done that you perhaps didn’t quite understand or would like some explanation of? What was all this ‘devolved department’ business? What did the Constitution rewrite actually achieve?

Finally what have we done that you feel kicked ass? Lowering drinks prices? The separate entry Graduate?

I’d really appreciate your feedback. After all – you’re all basically my boss: So what you think matters.

If you want to know what I said in my manifesto in February of last year then just click here to take a look at it. link

Looking forward to hearing your points and I hope your exams went well.

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  1. Trace Brazen

    Real impressed with the new disciplinary regulations dude – bring on the thought police, I can't wait!

    10 Jun 2005, 17:24

  2. Sarcasm. Nice. Actually I think my new regs are quite fair. They're definitely a marked improvement on the previous set.

    10 Jun 2005, 17:35

  3. If you have a problem with the new regs then maybe you should have stood up at Union Exec or Council and made yourself heard when it mattered, rather than whinging retrospectively. I think its quite insulting to show complete disregard to the vast number of man-hours of input required to produce the new regs.

    10 Jun 2005, 21:22

  4. Hmm. The new regs are interesting… I'll have to look through them.

    Amit: There hasn't been a Council meeting to discuss the new regs yet, unless I've missed one. In week 3, Council expressed its concern with the old regs. Most people don't know when exec meetings are, either.

    One interesting thing to note: the Word document used for the new regs contains metadata showing words and sentences that were written, then deleted in the drafting of the document. Like I say, I'll have to look through them…

    10 Jun 2005, 23:45

  5. Thanks Amit. I appreciate the defence. Come on everybody else – I want some feedback. Let rip!

    11 Jun 2005, 00:13

  6. I'm well impressed by the small things bit. Again, many thanks for spraying WD40 on the squeaky doors in my flat! It's made life so much more pleasant. Two things that came to me tonight:
    Sort out the pool tables around cholo! We were playing with 8 reds and 6 yellows, tut, tut!
    And you need to advertise the drinking fountains more. I only discovered tonight the one in the cooler near the doors to the marketplace after three years of being here!

    Sorry I don't have anything more constructive to say, but rest assured you get a thumbs up. I'm sure you're delighted to hear that!

    On a personal note you ought to ban people like me from having any contact with sabbs, maybe you need an ivory tower to hide in? I dunno. Seriously, I'm sure you didn't appreciate being dropped on the union floor (Sorry! It's pretty minging) and I reckon Carly could do without drunken Mike bugging her.

    11 Jun 2005, 02:44

  7. Trace Brazen

    Anything that damages the unions' reputation is now an offence. Good one, I like that. I'm looking forward to the disciplinary where EVERY SINGLE STUDENT is brought for damaging the reputation in some way or another.

    Amit – there hasn't been a council to say anything about this yet and personally, I wouldn't have expected anything this lousy to be passed by any executive outside of China – turns out that complacency was a big mistake. Lesson for the future there.

    11 Jun 2005, 11:17

  8. Ok, seriously – Let's put 'Trace's' issues with the new disciplinary regulations to one side. I'm happy to explain them to anyone any time of the week but I'm not going to engage in a debate with someone who's comparing me to Hu Jintao.

    Forget the regs for a second. What else have y'all felt about this past year?

    11 Jun 2005, 12:15

  9. TJ Stiles

    Yes – lets not talk about the regs. You don't need to talk about the regs.

    11 Jun 2005, 12:27

  10. so is damaging the Union's reputation now an offense? What is the Union's reputation?

    11 Jun 2005, 12:53

  11. "I think its quite insulting to show complete disregard to the vast number of man-hours of input required to produce the new regs."

    If you apply this logic then you should never question any union policy, should never change the constitution or any of the appendices when there are errors in them. Just because there have been a lot of hours put into something doesn't mean it's right or beyond criticism.

    11 Jun 2005, 13:24

  12. Oh for crying out loud!! You'd think the only thing that's happened this year is a change to the regulations. Does nobody want to talk about anything else?

    11 Jun 2005, 13:36

  13. Both the housing information day and the level of political visibility of the Sabb team get thumbs up for me. I don't think anyone really had the excuse that they didn't know there were referenda etc going on.

    11 Jun 2005, 16:44

  14. Ok I guess I should retract the word "Council" from my previous entry. I stand by the rest of it however, which is perfectly coherent with democratic principles if considered in a sensible context, i.e. applying a little common sense where appropriate.

    Good things about this year – quoracy of referenda/AGMs/Council, refurbishment of Cholo, environmental & ethical strategy – these all kick ass.

    Bad things about this year – Bus companies still not up to scratch (esp late night after Union ents), Healthy food options in the evening are still rather limited in my opinion.

    11 Jun 2005, 23:33

  15. On a positive note, entry to ents and to the Graduate get the thumbs up! I'm rather less happy about the increasing proximity of Union and University, but that's another matter.

    12 Jun 2005, 00:12

  16. Yey – Feedback – fantastic. Thanks everyone. Keep it coming!

    If you could change one thing about the Union what would it be?
    What were your lasting impressions of the Israel Palestine debates and clashes that dominated the end of the third term and the start of the second?
    Would you have liked to see more done on fees this year?
    Have you ever wanted to get more involved in the Union but not known how?

    Looking forward to hearing more points of view.

    13 Jun 2005, 09:42

  17. Dave Sparrow

    Good points of the year would have to be quorate referenda, particularly the devolved depts thing. That should help the Union stay a Union for a while longer at least.

    13 Jun 2005, 11:10

  18. Dave Sparrow

    So is it true there's a fees protest today?

    Wouldn't it be better to advertise such a thing so it's successful, or if you aren't going to do that then just not have it. A really really bad protest is worse than not having one.

    22 Jun 2005, 09:52

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