The graduation ball was announced last week. An uproar soon followed as the location and timing was believed to be in conjunction with the rest of the University of Southampton.
To find out more, the Wessex Scene met up with the lead voices from each course and with Vice President of Winchester, Laura Gardner.
Rebecca Sutherland-Young, spokesperson for the Fashion and Textile Design course, stated that the majority of fashion students are unable to attend the graduation ball due to their London show clashing with the date and time of the event.
“The most annoying thing for us, was that we weren’t aware of the choice until we were told on Monday”.
Unfortunately there has been a lack in communication between the Vice President Laura Gardener, a fellow third year student, and fashion students in regards to the dates of Fashion’s own Degree show which has been timetabled since autumn. However Rebecca made it clear that Fashion were not against the location or of “…merging the two University campus’s together, so they felt they hadn’t been represented properly.”
On the other hand, Graphic Arts students were initially disappointed with the venue of Oceana, but once more details had been announced, felt more comfortable with the idea. Many students weren’t aware that their £49 ticket would include a reception at the WSA SU to begin with, transport to and from Southampton (even at the same price as people on the Southampton campus’), a funfair, four-room choice of music, comedians and guest star Pixie Lott. The overall census that was given was that Southampton University, “…has made an effort to make us feel more included as a campus.”
Fine Art voiced their opinion through Adam Kite. They felt as a group they have been misrepresented.
“We feel that the Graduation Ball doesn’t greatly represent our experience at WSA”.
Many people seem off put by the size of the venue fearing losing friends in a drunken crowd; Fine Art would rather have a smaller more intimate event. As seemingly the most opposed course, Fine Art have made it clear that they intend to celebrate their graduation and to finalise their time here with a student led event at WSA’s campus. Dates and details for this are still to be confirmed, with a meeting tomorrow at the Rotunda at 1.00pm, which is open to all pathways.
Regarding the last minute release of details about the ball, Vice President Laura Gardner felt it was better to confirm details about provisions and transport before announcing the idea.
“I am sorry to hear about Fashion’s dilemma, but there is never going to be a date where every single student can make it, Winchester School of art only holds 5% student population across the whole University, with a variety of other campus’s away from Highfield.”
The graduation ball is being held for 22,000 students with this being the first year of it being facilitated that WSA can attend. We are our own campus and Laura has facilitated this by adapting the Graduation Ball to give WSA students a reception at their own SU where they can celebrate together with their friends.
“It would be a shame to run a sub-par event here when there is such an amazing event in Southampton”.
To follow Laura’s blog to see what is happening next go to http://blogs.susu.org/sabbs/2012/04/16/graduation-ball-the-winchester-details/
By Jessica Taylor and Nicola Manuel.