I was wondering what happened to the water coolers, which were around when I came for my interview. They all seem to have disappeared and being able to refill my water bottle during the day would be most helpful.
The original Master Plan for the Beit Redevelopment included a cafe, this was removed when students brought a paper to ICU Council asking for it to be replaced with a multi-purpose dance studio. However, I don't remember anyone ever saying this was because they didn't like coffee so why is the Union no longer serving hot drinks? I'd like somewhere to sit and chat with my friends without feeling that my options are limited to almost entirely alcoholic beverages.
If you wanted people to stay at your ball then you should have made a bit more of an effort with your ents. What is wrong with a little bit of competition? I appreciate that the organisers egos might feel a bit bruised but as long as the students there had fun (regardless if they stayed at the ball, went to the Union or out to a club afterwards then everything else is secondary.
Along the same lines as above, if the union can put that much effort into trying to get people to attend an event why is it so incapable of advertising elections for all levels of union positions (club positions included) effectively? I understand that the union needs to make as much money as it can but having a good numbers running for and voting for positions is just as important in making sure the union does is job effectively.
On attempting to buy lunch from the Union, I must check for the ingredients used in the food prepared. (I'd say 'cooked', but that's really pushing it.)
Nearly every time of asking the staff, I am greeted by a disgruntled facial expression, a snort of annoyance, which then are both rounded off with an a clueless answer. This leaves me either unable to eat the food, or risking the fact that the food I'm eating from my own Union is going to have severe detrimental effects on me.
Why are catering staff not told what they are serving, or at very least have an allergens list which is pretty standard in most catering venues? And why do they treat me like I'm some sort of phenomonen, when really, its not my fault I've got food allergies?
It's a general lack of training in any area not just allergies... the halal food is cooked on the same grill as bacon, using the same implements to move it and often touching. Vegetarian prep has the same level of care... the staff don't give a c**p because the people who employ them don't give a c**p... if health and safety visited and did their jobs properly the whole place would be shut down.
You would be just about alone in wanting a coffee after hours - and unfortunately the numbers just don't stack in for investing in a coffee shop - esp with college investing in them so heavily since the orriginal masterplan and starbucks / others around the corner on gloucester road.
I suspect that the current coffee machine in the bar is as good as it can ever get (and it is good tea at least).