Today started just like any other in the occupation. Early and with bones cracking and creaking. But in all seriousness, that might just be because of old bones in a young body. But I digress. This morning started very well due to the delivery of a package of brownies which is clear symbolism for hope, joy and various other good emotions. So whilst we may be sore, we are filled with joy and later on, brownies will be there also.
Our happiness is not solely dependant upon the food stuffs that people donate to us however. We have been energised, and imbued with a subtle joy, yesterday by the first ever Rally to occur at Leeds Trinity, which was organised by the LTSAC. This Rally brings two things to mind. One is that once people are aware of what is actually happening and how bad the cuts are, they immediately want to stop them. Secondly, it shows that we, as students and staff, can make noise as varying students who decided that lunch time was actually a myth and should be slept through, were awakened by the anger and sense of injustice that flowed from the Rally. Strong, passionate speakers are not only to be found within the parliament of this country, but in our very own back yard. The only difference between our yard and their houses, truth can be found.
Later on today we are doing something else that Leeds Trinity has never had, done (and possibly never heard of) before. A Silent Disco will be held in the Library at 1pm, to show that we are opposed to the merging of our Student Support Departments. Their independence and autonomy is key to the lives of the students of this institution as without it, budgets are reduced and their capability to provide the services that we need is massively degraded. I can only imagine the abase feeling that goes through the minds of our staff as they are ignored and swept under the rug. This Silent Disco (as ironic as that sounds) will be a laugh and an opportunity to strut your stuff to your own tunes, so come down and show your support to the boys and girls who keep your degree on track. Even if you aren’t a student, come down any way because it’ll be a load of fun and the SSD’s need our support.
Also today we get the “fun” of a meeting with the conservative MP for Pudsey, Stuart Andrew where we get to find out he feels about the cuts. We need to know where our MP’s stand on this and whether or not they will have just been toeing the party line to avoid troublesome attention from the whips. Whilst I am not insinuating people have done this, we have to admit that if it comes down to your job or doing what is right, there are some individuals out there who will always lean towards the security of their job.