Student politicians aren't taken seriously enough and it infuriates many of them. Nobody takes student politicians as seriously as they do themselves, something they'll eventually realise when they enter the real world.
I have to admit that when I left university I tried pretty hard to distance myself from the student world. Two weeks before
One of the issues now confronting students, is that our political engagement with friends in person, and on social media, has obscured the fact that many of us have not been politically active on the streets. I am certainly guilty of this myself.
We have created a series of these solidarity networks - based around space-sharing, subject solidarity and welfare support - because if the university won't do it for us, we will do it for ourselves... In standing together, in creating an alternative to the system as it stands, we are reclaiming this university as ours.
I'll be using my self-declared reading week to look after myself, to stave off the "Week Five Blues", and to do my work in a way that works for me. I'm going to use the time to reflect on how my essays have been going, to read new things to stretch myself that bit further and to read those books that I've been wanting to read for the last two years that aren't "directly relevant" to my course but from which I will doubtless learn a lot.
Maybe we should call our campaign 'everyday neoliberalism', or 'everyday marketization of education'. But for now, it's 'Whose University?' and we're going to talk about all of the ways in which these trends are damaging our university.
The kind of student activism which O'Neill and I have alluded to is all too rife and is squeezing out an alternative, more benign and collective approach that is just as needed.
The first time I really realised that my "home" - King's College, Cambridge - was truly a business first and a home second was during last year's Easter holidays. I had stayed in college over the break to work on my Part I dissertation, and to begin my revision...
Whiteboards have become the most crucial weapon in the battle for social justice since Tumblr was invented. It has become a fortunately common practice in academic circles to stand in some picturesque part of your university holding a whiteboard with either a pro-social justice claim inscribed thereon, or an example of some unpleasant piece of bigotry hurled your way by some socially unreformed reprobate...
So for the past few weeks, social media seems incredibly concerned with an article written to explain why white people are damaging to hands on international aid. It seems that their money would be better spent from their homes, and given to people who know better. White people in the developing world are a negative, not just a hindrance.