Letters to the Editors - Feb 2013

Dear Editors,

Personally, I find buying food from vending machines quite degrading. First you have to pathetically fumble for change in your pockets, then make a selection and wait for it to drop out of the machine like a sluggish booger allowed to glide luxuriously down the upper lip of a toddler by a neglectful parent. If you stare deep into the eyes of your own reflection in the machine’s glass you will see your soul despairing somewhere under your vacant, vaguely yearning gaze. Then you bend down in a hollow genuflection to suckle directly from the cold teat of the Holy Cow of Consumerism. Still, I find this ritual preferable to the disappointing parade past the sad three flavours of re-heated frozen vegetable mix in little boxes at the “Cafe”. It’s a shame that the consistent friendliness of the staff is perfectly offset by the grimness of the food. Though, it wasn’t always at such a poor level. I remember a time, not that long ago, when the food was much better. This is not helped by the fact that as the food has gotten worse, the prices have stayed the same. The prices are no longer reflective of the quality, nor are they realistic for a service catering primarily to students. Also, I find the name of the “Cafe” utterly nauseating.

Anonymous

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to respond to the recent announcement made by the university on parking. I’ll start by informing readers that the university actually had a review done on car parking by an external consultant in 2012. I hope we didn’t pay anything for the consultation because it lacks imagination, the changes are pathetic and I doubt that the report was made available to the public. The only changes, as far as I can tell, are a $20 dollar increase (not even close to inflation), motorbikes park for free and we have to fill the parking form in online. A $20 dollar increase is incredible, at a rural university where space isn’t an issue and public transport second rate. Why do we have to pay such ridiculous rent for a car park? I can only speculate that this comes from a fear that less cars will be parking out at the university as a result of Jim Barber’s plan to replace staff with ‘automated program instruction’ (Australian 31/10/12). I call upon every student representative to demand an explanation and try to redress this price hike and for every student to register their disgust at parking@une.edu.au.

Happy parking, F.U, Parking

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Dear Editors,

I’m writing with a suggestion for the good women and men responsible for designing the online course and unit catalogue. It desperately needs streamlining! One suggestion, just off the top of my head; make the unit codes in the Course Rules link to their corresponding Unit Information pages! The process of getting used to this system, which requires constant back and forth between pages can be quite frustrating. It would be wonderful if it was made simpler.

Anonymous

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Dear Editors,

At 31 I find myself heading back to school to become a teacher, the emotions are running deep, and well to be honest its all a bit scary, when we were younger our whole life was engorged with experiencing new things. Then suddenly we got albeit just a bit older, working on our chosen careers all the while learning to become more and more guarded. We start planning and watching every step we take, constantly analysing the impacts and consequences. Starting a new degree is meant to be fun not scary, so its with this that we all hit that apply button, and come February 25th when that first lectures start for the next group of mature age students I think we all need to step back, take a deep breath and well basically have some fun.

Robbie Ornig

Editorials: February 2013

Profile: Prof. Mike Morwood

Profile: Prof. Mike Morwood