February 03, 2008

Frustration At ‘Disconnected’ Union

Sources within the Union say that some sabbatical officers are worried about the ‘disconnected’ nature of the Student’s Union.

Using the example of a recent attempt by many students to have a Chinese Takeaway installed into the Union, it has been rumoured that some are not entirely happy with the manner in which the decision was taken or the final result. The attempt ended in failure, however certain sabbatical officers believe that the idea of a Chinese Takeaway was certainly financially viable.

No chinese takeaway in the SU

Moreover the way in which the idea was ‘dumped’ at Council is said to have worried this may have turned people off the idea of coming to the Union with ideas. The proposed takeaway was taken to the Communications Officer, James Gatsby Peet, however the idea was officially rejected at Union Council when those that had proposed the measure asked a question about it at the meeting. Some feel that it would have been better had the Officer himself had broken the news rather more subtly then it was, however there is no confirmed evidence as to whether the Communications Officer had spoken with them about the issue before the meeting.

With Presidential Elections in the offing and a new Sabbatical Team in the offing, it will be a chance to show candidates how ‘connected’ they are with the general student populace. Though this minor issue may show how successful the present sabbatical team has been at presenting itself to students at the university it may play on the mind of voters for the next sabbatical elections as well.

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