It heads towards the end of term and finalists look towards the future, for those of you that have been effected by the AUT’s action, the future may seem to be in jeopardy. Let me take this opportunity to reassure you that the University has taken vital steps to ensure that you face as little disruption as possible. Although not orange the future is bright.
The action the AUT has taken has made me reflect on the work that the Union does. 300 people turned out to vote whether or not we support the action that the AUT has taken, yet 3,000 people signed our save the bars campaign. Does this really mean that more people care about their campus bars than their degree? Do students come to university to study, learn, and get a degree or do students come to University to get pissed and go to Ziggys? I know what I did and I know what I wish I did.
As we leave York I assume that many people will feel as I do, there will always be a place for York in our lives. Be it a distant memory or as an active member of the alumni. There is something about our university that will stay with us. Yes we live in a concrete monstrosity, yes we never want to see wildfowl again, but deep down we will always be proud of what we have given the University and what the University has given us.
Just take Roses for example; there was so much pride in the York teams that competed in Roses. Although we did not win we were successful in the way that we performed and participated. I would like to thank all the teams and all the players who put in effort over that weekend. We were incredibly close to pulling off an away victory-something very rare in the history of the competition. I would also like to thank Nik and all the AU exec that helped run the weekend so successfully.
During the weekend I had a chance to speak to our vice-chancellor and the vice-chancellor and chancellor of Lancaster, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how all three revelled in the competition of the weekend. That’s my point, no matter how much we dislike the University at times, or complain about this, that, and the other, compared to Lancaster we will always be better. WE are the University of York.
As the finalists move on to pastures new I wish you all the best, and for those who have the privilege of remaining here I say (with a hint of envy) enjoy your time, you will miss it when its gone.
If anybody is worried about the future of their degrees please contact me at [email protected]