Union to issue ?hack cards?
Imperial College Union took an important step closer this week to isolating potentially dangerous Union Hacks from the remainder of the student population by voting to issue them with identity cards. The Union?s Exec voted overwhelmingly to create a system to be known as ?hack cards? for Union officers and other especially eligible individuals, ostensibly to allow them to access the Union offices. The ?hack card? will allow officers to pass through Ents barriers without needing to pay which has raised the spectre of potential abuse although the ?Union Officer Access to the Union Building? policy promises that such would be considered a ?serious disciplinary offence?.
Medics discover the telephone
A review from Imperial College and St George?s Hospital Medical School published in today?s British Medical Journal makes the slightly obvious point that ?more effective use of the telephone could improve the service given by health professionals to the public?. Imperial?s press release on the subject could be construed as suggesting that Medics don?t know how to use telephones, with Dr Josip Car from Charing Cross, co-author of the review, saying that the telephone?s ?role has remained highly controversial.? That said, the review does somewhat optimistically suggest that the wonder of modern communications could prove beneficial for patients ?who may prefer to have medical treatment over the telephone??
Guilds of the jungle
The infamous City & Guilds College Union Munkey may have spent the year Absent With-Out Leave, but C&G seems to have inherited some new fluffy friend, at least in the short term. The recent arrivals are a pair of enormous furry tigers, courtesy of ExxonMobil, parent company of Esso. The tigers were last seen patrolling close to the Regalia cabinet, as part of the new Guilds price-watch scheme.
Bar prices on the up
In the week that the Reynolds Bar reopened, ICU?s Trading Committee endorsed an average price increase of over 12% for bar prices next year. Apparently necessitated by substantial increases in staffing costs, students can take nevertheless take some heart from the knowledge that ICU bars are still practically the cheapest in London.