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Fandom Wank: The University of Queensland Edition - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
normandie_m
normandie_m
Fandom Wank: The University of Queensland Edition
It is my day off from uni, but I came in anyway. The reason was this forum between staff and students in the Arts faculty that was being held regarding the restructuring of the Bachelor of Arts degree that has included the cutting of courses within some majors, and some of the honours subjects as well. I'm not a fan of university politics (probably because it tends to be so in-your-face), but since I have friends who are affected by these changes, I went.

It started out well. Everyone was civil and polite. And then it all went to shit about halfway through when question time commenced. Two questions would be put to the Executive Dean of Arts, and two minutes was allocated for answering each question.

I'm not going to recap the whole thing, but it was like watching a seating of federal parliament when the politicians are at their bitchiest. As the subject line might suggest, it was like Fandom Wank. And I mean the really bad wanks here. Question time reached its climax when the Dean decided to walk out after giving his two cents several times, only to pause when someone threw an insult at him and then decided to retaliate physically. I didn't quite see what happened, but it looked like the Dean pushed the guy who insulted him. Then he stormed out, and the room kind of went batshit for a moment or two. Some motions were passed, but I ended up walking out early along with the friends I was with.

It was not pleasant, and I walked out of there feeling extremely angry at both sides of the argument, and it was pretty much all we discussed until we had to part ways. I mean, come on. We are educated people, and still we have to resort to verbal insults and petty lines of argument. I'm tired of angry students. Getting angry does not solve anything, dammit! Civil discussion might help, but not ranting and raving. Which is what I'm doing now coincidentally, but I'm so fed up and this is my journal. So there. ;p

And that was me venting. I wish I had something more meaningful to say on the subject, but the behaviour this afternoon was really what got my goat. I applaud the classics lecturers who were there, as they stayed polite and civil and didn't jump into the arguing. And I applaud the two girls who were running things, as they stayed polite and civil and tried to get everyone to calm down and be nice. They really had their work cut out for them today.

I was going to write about my weekend, but I'm not really in the mood now. kapitankraut, I'm not sure whether you got my message about meeting up, since I didn't get a reply. However, I probably did see you and I feel bad for not saying anything. I'll probably drop you a line sometime this week though, and maybe we can meet at another time.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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kapitankraut From: kapitankraut Date: March 21st, 2006 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
In fairness, whoever it was who riled the Dean enough only suggested that he (Dean) was "taking his bat and ball", which is hardly an insult by most standards (Renee Worringer needed it interpreted for her, which I found amusing). Then again, I've had enough arguments with my brothers to know that something as inoffensive as "what's for dinner tonight, mum?" can sometimes result in a punch to the guts.

Was the message on my phone? If it was, this is further proof of how appalling the service is. If it was an SMS, I'll probably get it tomorrow. Voicemail could be anywhere up to a week later...
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: March 21st, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps the guy's remark just happened to be the straw that broke the camel's back. Do you know if any complaints are being made? Even if they're not, I don't imagine this is going to bode well for the Dean and his reputation. His behaviour was really out of line.

I SMSed you at about midday. Yikes, that sounds like a horrid service provider you have there.
kapitankraut From: kapitankraut Date: March 21st, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm none too sure about the complaints side of things. The feeling I got from the meeting was that one was going to be made, but I left before it was totally clear. I've Emailed the chair of the meeting, since she'd be the one to know if anyone does.

And yes, my service provider is generally hideous. It's not usually that bad with SMSs, but this proves it's having more issues than previously suspected. It's also none too great with numbers it doesn't have already, so could you Email/SMS your number - otherwise I'll never get it into the wretched thing.
sighingpixie From: sighingpixie Date: March 21st, 2006 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel you. The majority of the students and silent-yet-cool faculty here are having our problems with my college. We presented our problems through many letters, requesting speaking time. We were deferred our speaking time. We silently protested and got locked out of the library where we were supposed to sit in, peacefully. We had a student-admin forum that did get ugly. I agree with feeling sorry for the mods. Good luck, eh?
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