Bring Back Poster Boards @ UNSW
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Poster boards are an important part of campus life. Clubs and groups need to be able to put up posters to reach out to students to make them aware of the events that are the life-blood of any student organisation.
More than this though they are an important part of democratic culture giving students the space to promote and organise campaigns that can hold university authorities to account for their actions.
This has become a significant issue because UNSW's move to trimesters has sparked outrage and dissent, including a rally of several hundred students and staff. Materials criticising trimesters have been torn down by security while posters put up by the university in the same places have been left unmolested.
The university should provide a space for students to be able to criticise the university, debate what is going on, and hold actions and meetings around these issues. Poster boards can play an important part in this.
Over the last several years though UNSW has been squeezing out the space for students to advertise group and club events. Seven years ago there was almost a dozen poster boards on campus, last year that was reduced to three, and now it's only two, and those in the most out of the way places. In particular, the basser steps used to have significant space for posters. Other campuses such as UTS, the University of Sydney and ANU all have significant areas for students to poster. The lack of such poster boards at UNSW has hurt the ability of clubs and groups to promote themselves with no real benefit to the student body, and if a student club posters outside of the measly two boards we are given then we face steep penalties from ARC.
We are demanding:
- That UNSW creates a dozen poster boards to help enhance student club and group visibility on campus, including ones in prominent and well-frequented places.
- That until UNSW agrees to carry out this demand, ARC offers an amnesty to clubs and societies postering in "illegal" places so that they may continue to promote their events in the meantime.
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