Okay, so here’s that blog I was rambling on about this morning. To those of you who have already emailed me – thank you and sorry I haven’t replied yet – trying to juggle too many things at once.
I’m going to list a bunch of stories that I would like to be covered, and will put a few names after them, so it’d be great if those people could do something. If you hate the following, feel free to cover your own topics. Most are simple and short pieces because the deadline is now 4 days away…
Student loans: I’ve got a main person to interview, but I’d like a few more of your own stories. It’s not long – 100-200 words. Jon – they lost your birth certificate? Angela – they’ve lost 2 sets of your forms? Anyone else having problems? Write about it.
Liberty Quays – I’ve heard you lot moan about it, yet no one really seems to want to put pen to paper. Joe, I hear you got flooded? Lucy your friend got locked in his room for hours? Harriet that oh-so-charming man who rung you about your defrosted food? Fire alarms? Safety issues? I hear security can walk into your rooms, without knocking, whenever they like? Is this in your contracts that you signed? Anything else that’s missed my attention?
Sports initiations – Jon, are you still doing that piece you said you’d email me on Monday? Ali, want to write a colour piece about your initiation experience? Or anyone else for that matter.
Think back to Monday’s conference – can you actually get drunk for the price of a Mars Bar? List of volunteers to go to different shops and test it out?
Also, there was a story Monday about a government funded website where you rate your lecturers. The point is to give potential students more information. Anyone want to take this any further and write about it?
There was a bit of anger the other day over an old staff member at Coopers being hired for a day, when they weren’t needed. The money to pay this staff member came from Coopers budget, instead of the usual “pay pot”. Coopers has a tiny budget as it is, think they could have spent it on something better. Ash might be willing to talk about this, because it wasn’t his decision, it was his boss’ choice. From what I hear he wasn’t very happy about it… but you didn’t hear that from me.
There’s still the problem that I can no longer grab a coffee fix inbetween lessons due to the huge queue in the Gulbenkian café from the increased intake of students. I was told at the beginning of the year that there were plans to extend it and host such things like live music events. Does anyone want to look into this and find out where next year’s intake are going to fit?
The following will probably be best for the Christmas edition, as they require more time:
Rob, your Christ Church story - want to find some poor nurse, ideally with a kid or two and the prospect of having an awful Christmas due to the huge debts they’re racking up here?
Jason, the story we talked about this morning – the pub’s the Three Squirrels and it’s in Maidstone. It would make most guys pick up a copy of the magazine. Maybe see if you would talk to one of the girls and find out why they do it or how such things can go on.
Lucy, want to follow up the racism on campus story?
I don’t know if this is possible – but perhaps we could send FoI requests to get all the Vice Chancellors yearly pay and their Christmas bonuses. I’m just curious to know what they get.
And I think I’ll stop there for now because you were all bored after the first few sentences.
On a totally different note – I’ve been asked where to get your free half chicken for Nandos from… You can get yours here.