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On being a student president

Once upon a time there was a naive, little girl who had a simple dream.

To change the world.

It couldn’t be that hard, she told herself. Many people had changed the world before her. Some for good and some… Well some not so good at all. Her dream, however, was to make a positive impact. She wasn’t sure where but she did know one thing. She really liked education.

Education was everything to a society, those who were educated tended to flourish and those that didn’t had a very tough time indeed from what she could see from behind her rose-tinted glasses.

That girl grew up and someone forgot to tell her to take off the rose-tinted glasses. She became the president of a college. It was everything she ever hoped it would not be.

I know you all know that this story doesn’t belong in the fiction section but the little girl never thought it would become a sad often horror-like story.

Being a president is not fun. It is not something anyone should take on light-heartedly. It is so much worse when you aren’t paid, working part-time to pay the rent and studying.

Colleges are having their budgets slashed and at a time when universities are being given more money, why should their activists rock the boat?

Colleges have long been the forgotten, underfunded institutions that struggle to survive. Doing the best with what little they have to give second chances to mature students and first chances to some of the poorest.

The fact is that many people wouldn’t have made it where they are without the college sector.

It becomes even worse when the only people tackling this are in the sector, forcing the government to look down their noses and sneer at the people asking for more money for themselves when in reality they are trying to save the education of thousands.

I am one of the only people fighting at my college. On a day when my lecturers strike over their pensions, and believe me I support them with all my heart, I can’t help but ask why they aren’t tackling the real issue. I know the cuts to pensions are a awful thing but a 10% cut to colleges lost 1000 people their jobs, why aren’t they fighting the 20% cut instead. Shouldn’t protecting their jobs be more important than protecting their pension?

Being a president is awful when only two people on your SRC want to fight and the rest don’t seem to care. Being a president is awful when the staff can’t see past the pensions to the bigger picture. Being a president is awful when you realise you’re beginning to lose the will to fight.


Long day ahead

Today certainly does not seem like a fun one for us poor college journos. A law exam and an on-going assessment that shall last all day, re-writing a news story constantly as we get new information, which shall be useful for real life. Very long day though.

It also seems that being in the minority in my class, the only one who doesn’t care about football and especially old firm football teams, I have been slightly ostracised for some comments I made on Twitter. While having a rant over the weekend about the violence and hatred that supporters of Rangers and Celtic have for each other based on the football team they support I came under fire by some very diehard fans. From their ranting replies the only thing I managed to conclude was that because I am not a supporter of an old firm team I am not allowed any opinion on them or the fans. I am not even allowed to say that I think the violence is wrong because there are “deeper issues” for why it happens. The way I see it is simple; no matter what team you support calling someone “scum” just because they do not agree is not on, parcel bombs and sectarianism aside, if you think people are treating you unfairly because of your religion or football team (which shouldn’t go hand in hand) then the last thing you should do is call them names or get violent.

But what do I know? I’d rather watch Golf.

Law exam up in five minutes. My revision can be summed up like this: Defamation is bad. Don’t write anything about children. You can get away with almost anything you write as long you can prove it is in the public interest.

And no, the latest football star caught with his pants down should not come under public interest.

Rants over.