Dear “The Establishment”,
As we all know, one of the most important facets of life at University is the social side that people take part in. If it turns out you weren’t aware of this that might go some way to explaining some of your recent decisions. You learn something new every day and I’m happy to impart that bit of knowledge upon you.
Big parts of the social experience for many people (I’ve asked them) are the nights out that the SU provides on campus. Essex is in a unique position compared to many Universities in that it is able to provide easy to access nights out on campus, rather than people having to into town where specific requirements of some students (IE disabilities) may not have been as well thought out. The SU has often prided itself on the nights out it provides, in particular Sub Zero. Several times during my open day and Fresher’s Week I was reminded of how Sub Zero had won the Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles best student venue award, or whatever it was. I’m eating Fruit Pastilles at the moment and figured that was as likely a sponsor for something Essex would win as anything else.
The SU has consistently been able to expand the musical tastes by bringing in exciting new acts that no one has ever heard of. In fact these acts are so “underground” they probably still work in Wilkinson during the day so they can afford bus fare to get to the University to perform. Not that I begrudge these prodigal DJs being given some time to make their way and perhaps graft their way on to being on a late night slot on their local radio station.
This is why the decision to remove the ability to buy tickets online is one that confuses and enrages me! The student body has had little to no consultation on this, which for a decision the magnitude of this is simply unacceptable. Even the decision to bring in a cinema which exclusively shows movies people already have on DVD had something in the way of a consultation process. What is more, instead of giving us prior warning to explain the changes you have decided to just implement them with little regard of what the reaction of the students you claim to represent might be. Kind of like shopping for presents blindfolded then throwing away all the receipts and hoping for the best.
This decision will affect those who live off campus the most, why would people run the risk of going on to campus when they could be turned away at the door. Even worse, half a friendship group might be able to gain entry whilst the other half wouldn’t be allowed in. Buying tickets online ensures that you know that you will gain entry and will be able to enjoy your night without the worry of time constraints. I like to be able to purchase my ticket for Sports Fed knowing I’ll be able to enjoy that particular wind down after a hard day of losing for the Wii Tennis second team.
In my view, a large number of students will not bother going onto campus for their night out and thus the SU will lose business not only from ticket sales but also from drinks sales. I understand the SU is a not for profit organisation, but I was unaware that the grand aim was to continuously lose money. Though if that is the case, then this policy is a cracking way of going about that, really well done guys.
Not angry, just disappointed,
Antony Taylor xxx