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January 27, 2008

Kat Stark and pole dancing

Despite being a fresher I have heard about Kat Stark probably as much as I have of Joe Kirby. Students here still talk about her (not in an extremely positive way). She seems to be quite a controversial person here at Warwick. For those of you who do not know she was President of the SU in ‘05-’06 (that’s right during the AUT strike) and she is now the NUS Women’s Officer. One of the things she opposed as President of the SU is pole dancing.

I had a look at the OWW program and I saw that she was coming to give a talk on feminism. I did not have any lectures so I felt that I had to go to see who Kat Stark really was. The talk was about feminism which was one of the controversial things during the time she was President. Before going there I went there I dropped in Union South to check out what was going on. And there I saw it, just in front of me, some Dutch hotties (or is it political incorrect to use this term?) pole dancing. Yes that’s right pole dancing going on in the SU at the same time as Kat Stark was giving a talk on feminism.

I found that situation quite hilarious and wanted to ask her what she thought about it unfortunately she had to leave the talk early.

January 26, 2008


That's something which happened during the last meeting of Union Council of Term 1. I was meant to write about it but I forgot.

Basically there was a proposal to change some of the names of the Union Officers. It was proposed that the Finance, Democracy and Services Officer (FDSO) be renamed Finance and Governance Officer. However some peopleproposed an amendment to make it Governance and Finance Officer. All of this because the former is "FAG" and the latter is "GAF". There was a 30min to 45min debate on that issue. Quite frankly I find this pathetic.

The rheotoric often used at Council is "we [the student's at Warwick] are the brightest minds in this country". Debating 45 min on such an issue because "some people might make a laughing stock out of it" seems to contradict with that.

The Union should probably spend more time explaining to "normal students" (i.e. students not involved in the SU) what the FDSO, FAG, GAF (or however you wanna call it) does rather discussing the names.

That event highlighted one of the problems with Council: almost everybody agrees on everything apart semantics and therefore semantics seems the only thing we debate about (although there are one or two controversial non-semantical issues).

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