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09 December 2005 @ 06:07 pm
Mary Cooke Lounge  
My thoughts on the redevelopment of the Mary Cooke Lounge, as seen here, with the typos edited out:

Sorry to rock the boat on this one, but I totally agree with the following paragraph:

It must be noted that various groups have adopted the area informally and this does not constitute a right over the space. Whilst from their perspective the area is welcoming, for other students or groups who want to use the area when they exert their control over the space it can be unwelcoming. The area has thus not always been functioning as a student lounge as intended. There are reports of students being abused or asked to leave where this conflicts with an organised group activity in the space. Thus bookable space is the fairest way of allocating resources available.

Whether or not it was done deliberately, a very small portion of the student (and non-student) population has dominated that space for quite a long time. They have no right over the space, and have exploited the space to the exclusion of others.

Whilst I have, in the past, enjoyed the privilege of being part of this select group, and I can understand why those of you still using the space will be annoyed to lose it, I hardly see it as fair that this small group should get to keep this space for themselves and stop the development of the space for all students.

The argument that this is a "student space" for "all students" is clearly bullshit, as is pointed out in the above quoted paragraph. Any protest would come from purely selfish reasons; you want the Mary Cooke lounge to remain geek central, and would not be happy if, say, it started to become a regular meeting place for the campus jocks or the Young Liberals. You are upset not at the loss of "student space" but at the loss of "our space", and that, in the end, is the reason you are losing it.
ephant on December 9th, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
I agree. I also think that it's no big deal. Oh boo hoo we lost the place we used to hang out. There was nothing special about that space... there are plenty of places that people can meet up to hang out.
parakleta on December 9th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about the reports of students being abused or asked to leave... I don't recall anything of the sort happening any time I was there.
Some guy called Lap?harkon on December 10th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
Tristan has been guilty of both in the past.

There have been people from various other places that have used it to do singing and play rehearsals that have asked people to leave before.
Some guy called Lap?harkon on December 10th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
It is annoying though that this seems to be parf of a general push for clubs in general to operate actively in the Uni. It would be fine if they replaced it with something decent like more computer labs or something. It is that they are replacing it with something that is even more exlcusive.
Jacobyak_boy on December 10th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
I don't see what is exclusive about bookable space. I don't think the Joe Nap rooms are exclusive. As far as I can tell, anyone can book them. Or, do you have to be a club to be able to book them?
Some guy called Lap?harkon on December 11th, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
AFAIK, you need to be part of a club to book them and clubs also have a quota for the number of hours rooms can be booked for in a week. I also recall them checking to make sure the bookings were for actual events.