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June 26, 2005


Great moments in human history are often meant to be accompanied by dramatic and unanticipated meteorological events.

A comet was apparently seen rocketing through the sky in the build up to the Battle of Hastings. The death or birth of prophets is sometimes rumoured to be accompanied by the sun suddenly darkening, an earthquake shaking some city to its very foundations or the veil of a temple somewhere being “rent in twain” (which is a phrase we really should use more often),

These profoundly unnatural phenomena are taken to be omens portending great change. They are prophetic signs from on high!!!

This is why I was a little taken aback at the unmitigated devastation, carnage, and destruction that accompanied the end of this academic year, the finale of this tumultuous 12 months, and the last death gurgle of our crumbling Sabbatical regime.

Anyone who was within a few miles of campus on Friday will have experienced the massive thunderstorm that hit us and the furious downpour that followed. Many of you will have been fighting with the resulting floods. Here are a few extra stories you might have missed though:

  • The water main on campus burst causing the complete loss of the campus water supply for the whole of Saturday, spewing up a torrent of mud onto the road and boulevard near University House, flooding the atrium and several other places around campus, and requiring the complete shutdown the Union, Varsity, and various University outlets. link

  • Coventry was hit by an actual tornado!! link

Thinking about all this I am faced with two possible theories:
(a) someone on high is really going to miss this Sabb team
(b) someone on high is delighted that we’re nearly gone

A third has since been suggested to me:
(c) I’m a complete ego-maniac searching desperately for validation and recognition and actually none of these crazy events had anything to do with the end of term


June 16, 2005


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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