Well with you lot moving all guild discussion to facebook last autumn, and the radish lot graduating last summer, what did you expect exactly?
My two cents worth on this, just for the sake of discussion
Environmental impact does concern me. Yes closed system, but water still needs replacing from time to time, and there will be wastage. The power needed is probably more wasteful, and since we're trying to cut down in other areas (or we should be), seems a little hypocritical. If we could make enough energy savings in other areas, so that we still drastically reduce energy output over all, (by getting rid of the those stupid plasma screens for example) then maybe.
However for exec to use the environmental aspect as an excuse is a little bit much I feel. Cos, as far as I am aware (granted I am in Germany and all), it isn't like Gary's made the environment an absolute priority during his tenure as Pres.
The safety aspect is a worry, and it is more tempting to climb when wet, don't care what anybody says, and even if it weren't it is still a hell of a lot more dangerous when wet. Having worked on security, I can say they have enough to do without getting idiots down from fountains.
During this whole thing it seems to me the be the usual exec (well Gary) patronising students by saying they know best, and students should just piss off and let them run the guild. This tact (or lack of it) is hardly going to get results. I share exec's frustration that the only thing some students seem to get worked up about is a fountain, when there are bigger problems in the world.
Yet, exec ignoring students desires and needs is not going to engage them to take part, it is going to do the opposite, it is going to make them dissillsioned. If we want to engage more students, then you have to first engage with students with what they care about, and then you may be able to enthuse them about what you care about. There's no chance of convincing students that Guild politics is important, if it can't even solve the little issues. However, having said all this, I see no easy solution. _________________ Big Brother is watching YOU!
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