Letters to the Editors
UNE currently sits at an odd junction of change, confusion and hope. Any management consultant will tell you that change and confusion always follows a major change in the upper levels of an organisation but in this case the “out with the old” has also brought hope to those who had despaired at the direction that the university had been taking. When the much hated trimester system was implemented, when lectures and on-campus teaching disappeared from so many of our units, and when we as internal students had to listen to our VC saying time and time again that he valued external students over the internals it is amazing that any sense of community remains on campus.
And yet it does. The recent success of the coffee shop in helping UNE win a university based competition for a music festival shows that clearly. Despite our smaller student and staff numbers UNE won the competition in a landslide. This victory wasn’t because of any management incentive or because of paid marketing but because the people behind the counters were engaged and enthusiastic enough that students and staff alike not only drank far too much iced coffee but also took that vital step of voting.
So as I come to the end of my degree all I can say to the new VC is that if the years of being under a VC that blatantly devalued on-campus students didn’t completely kill UNE’s on-campus community imagine what you could do if you actually cared.
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