Purge THIS, Professor Wellings

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Photograph by Rob Miller

It’s Vice Chancellor Wellings’s pre-leaving do this week. All of his mates, VIP’s I’ll have you know, are coming round to stride toward through County South and marvel at how clean, tidy and mess free it is. Windows so clean that their gleam renders them opaque, paving so spotless you could and would eat your dinner off them, and not a single flapping, crumpled poster in sight.

What exactly is the Vice Chancellor hoping to prove to the Rt. Hon. Lord Sir Mate-of-Mine? Is he hoping to suggest that County are students are so respectful of their college that they daren’t even promote themselves, their societies and their campaigns, lest University Management get their panties in a wad at the sight of a wind-battered sheet of A4 hanging by a slither of tape? Maybe, perhaps if they’re so far out of University that they’ve forgotten the watertight connotations that the words ‘activism’ and ‘event’ have with educational institutions. “Gosh, Paul, not only do you have true accolades such as your hard work in establishing worldwide campuses, fresh new housing and a top ten place in all the league tables, but your students are also so hard working that they’ve forgotten to indulge themselves in the arts, the playing field, the democratic process and the pub. Have a cigar!” they’ll say. Absolute travesty is the only way to describe the reasoning behind jeopardising, for instance, the publicity for the Northern Oak, which will later undoubtedly be threatened with firings or closure for low profits for the umpteenth time by the same people who deemed their publicity obstructive.

I saw posters advertising beer festivals, offers and live events being torn down. And JCR campaign posters. Oh, did you know that this week is campaign week for the JCR elections? Candidates have spent varying amounts of time, depending on design quality, creating posters to pin up and promote themselves. Some of them went up today, and have had oh, I don’t know, half an hour to catch everyone’s attention? Still, it’s only the students paying to print them (printing charges can go hang, also), they always have savings to dip into so they’ll have no problem whatsoever shelling out more money to print another truckload of posters and miss a lecture or two putting them up in the freezing cold force nine gale. How horrible it was to see a JCR candidate put up some posters, go into County diner and watch them all being torn down five minutes later, by officials acting on the supposed preferences of a group of people (who bring nothing to the semblance of the University) so far removed from the University they’re in Morecambe. And for what? For a thirty second walk to the great hall.

LUSU have the decency to offer advanced warnings on poster purges, so hurrah for that, but where were they for this management authorized purge? Nowhere, because University management didn’t even inform them. So, sorry to the County college campaigners, sorry to Lancaster University Theatre Group and any other society that was promoting in that area, sorry to the bar. Your time, effort, expenditure and need for publicity is not high up on the list of things that these partygoers consider of value. At least they have their hanging baskets and their dull pillars, eh. As they made their way past County Bar, there was a very loud darts team in one room, and a very loud PA system in the other. I hope this ruined their night for them.

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5 Comments

  1. BOOM! Yes! More like this.

  2. I agree completely with this. I’d just spent a good 2 hours postering for an event happening this weekend, going round in the freezing cold and high winds, ending up in County where we went for a welcome pint (as wou do) and what happened, we just got in and watched someone walk out after us and start tearing down the poster’s we’d just spend a long time and a lot of effort putting up. Then, when questioned about it they ignored everything we were pointing out to them about the fact that the moment a spare bit of prime pillar-real-estate comes free it’ll be snatched up by a dozen students eager to promote themselves. It’s just ridiculous that they expect us to stop campaigning during elecion week!!

  3. Excellent article. The poster purge caused many a problem in County and there are many candidates out of pocket by their entire budget for the election. Kudos to whoever wrote this, I think this sums up the mood of elections in County quite nicely.

  4. Great article. Candidates in the County elections deserve an apology for the additional work and stress this has caused them.

  5. Yes, more this. Less mindless ranting, please.

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