Friday, December 08, 2006

Sshh..."a campaign on our terms"

The latest Student's Union campaign with regards to the promotion of good relations between students and residents in South Belfast, particularly the Holylands area, has been open to criticism from many. 'Sshh' stands for Silent Students (a big ask) Happy Homes. Of course the aim can't be condemned, its the action that's been taken that raises questions. Giving lollipops to drunk students to keep them quiet at night...seriously? Patronising takes on a whole new meaning in this context.

It has been said that this is a simple PR exercise to ensure the executive looks to be making a stand against rowdy students - without actually doing very much at all. A few leaflets and free lollipops are surely not going to solve this allegdly huge problem.

When questioned about the seemingly childish nature of the campaign, Deputy President Peter Quinn acknowledged this, saying its simply the foundation for more union intiatives in the future. "Its a gimmick, we know that. The point was always to have a campaign on our terms. This simply draws attention to the situation and can be seen as the start of something bigger. We hope to go on from this and do more to tackle the problem."

He also said there has been good feedback from the Resident's Association, although there were no statistics to back this up. Whether you think its a novel idea to build relations or a ridiculous waste of time and money is up to yourselves. The executive have the rest of the year to prove themselves, in the meantime student toothache may surpass resident earache!


Blogger David said...

Just back from the resident's christmas party there and although not a part of the sshh campaign, the campaign was discussed and commended by all residents present. Also the stats say things have improved since the campaign kicked off

12/09/2006 12:12 am  
Anonymous the horse said...

Whilst it's good to see something being done by Exec, are you telling me giving drunks a lollipop at closing time is the best idea they could come up with after a summer of planning? A waste of time and resources, or just an oppurtunity for Executive members to have a lollipop at anytime they want?

12/11/2006 6:16 pm  
Anonymous Uncle bob said...

I hear there is a certain fat man, who plays santa on the executive who owes abot £400 of lollies which he has sucked his way through sittin in his office

12/12/2006 5:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could it be colin caughey?

12/14/2006 4:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

colin caughey is not fat ... he just has too much skin! i hear hes a good man tho - absolutely flabulous in fact!

12/15/2006 1:37 pm  
Blogger Gown Team said...

We would like to reiterate that this blog was not set up for the purpose of allowing people to make personal remarks about others. Let's keep the debates mature and intelligent, childish comments are not welcome.

12/15/2006 4:42 pm  
Anonymous The Goat said...

Killjoys ......

12/15/2006 6:11 pm  
Anonymous barry's ballbag said...

on the executive there are the following animals

licking dog

small rabbit

small, venomous rat

big muntain goat

large ginger rabbit








12/15/2006 8:04 pm  
Blogger Graham Steven Barton said...

which one am I? and why is Michael a rabbit?

12/16/2006 3:06 pm  
Blogger David said...

Do we get to pick?

12/17/2006 1:15 am  
Anonymous Barryz Ballbagz said...

Graham you are the mountain goat.

Davy you are the F.U.B.

12/17/2006 3:50 pm  
Blogger Graham Steven Barton said...

That worries me, alot of masons at QUB

12/17/2006 7:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben Preston is in the masons.

12/18/2006 3:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barry its Edward here --- just interested what animal I am

12/23/2006 9:49 am  
Anonymous barry's ballbag just got kicked said...


you were the goat until Graham Barton came along looking for an animal!

My previous post was only direct at REAL ex members.

so your a goat unless you want to be the licking dog.

12/23/2006 9:32 pm  
Blogger Graham Steven Barton said...

Wow, I'm an imaginary exec officer now? Amazing.

12/24/2006 3:04 pm  
Anonymous David Cather said...

You don't actually have any power Graham.

12/24/2006 7:14 pm  
Anonymous barry's ball bags just got sliced said...


will do get it on with david?

12/26/2006 9:36 pm  

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