Reporter 400, 21 April 1997


Letters

Blooming delight

John Griffiths
School of Chemistry

The plants and flowers throughout the University have been and continue to be a particular delight throughout this Spring, and I eagerly anticipate the flourish to come from the newly planted rose beds adjacent to Charles Morris Hall.

My particular favourite of the moment is the Clematis Armandii which adorns the pergola adjacent to Economic and Social Studies, but the Clothworkers' Court has so many treasures, such as the dainty Fratillaries that are peeping through the Vinca ground cover just now.

The blend of foliage surrounding Food Science is perfect at almost any time of the year, and is complemented periodically also by blossoms. The secluded banks below the Student Health Practice and in the shadow of Physics/Administration also have some surprises, so it is not just the most prominent locations that receive attention. And whilst in that vicinity, Magnolia 'Leonard Messel' stands resplendent outside the School of English at present. It's worth a detour! Every corner of the University campus seems to offer its own individual quality.

Remembering Professor Beresford's fascinating book, Walks Round Red Brick, it seems to me that there is a case for a horticultural equivalent since there are many features throughout the campus on a par with those of the distinguished parks and gardens of the Leeds area.

May I express thanks to the Grounds and Gardens staff for their special contribution to the enhancement of our environment. Impressions gained by visitors to the University must also be favourably influenced. Long may the good work continue, notwithstanding the counter attacks of the thoughtless few who trample over cultivated beds, cast litter about or even vandalise or steal plants.

Service with a smile

Dr Phil Ashworth
School of Geography

Am I the only one who rushes down to Media Services at 4.55 on Friday requiring diagrams, posters and slides instantly!? Luckily, my inefficiency is tempered by the superb professional and helpful service offered by their cheerful staff. They have saved m my academic life (and sanity) on many occasions and are a pleasure to work with. Can they tell us the secret of their success?

Beat the traffic

John Howe
General Manager - UNISERV

I am too old, unfit and reside too far from the University to use a push-bike. The roads are frustratingly congested and on-campus parking is poor and will get worse as the University continues with its successes. Public transport for a journey over five miles is an expensive time-wasting joke.

What we need are small motorised vehicles capable of carrying one or perhaps two persons. Ideally they should use at least half the fuel of a car, be half the length and half the width. On-campus parking charges at the old £25 rate would be nice. Most surviving Sinclair C5s are now in museums or being used as seafront novelty rides. It looks like we'd all better buy a motorcycle then. In modestly intelligent hands they are safe, modern fabrics and materials ensure rider warmth and comfort and you won't

waste a large portion of your life (private or working as you wish) waiting for public transport or staring at the registration plate of the vehicle in front. Think it through properly before dismissing the idea - it might be fun as well.

Horsing around

Mike Ackley
Department of Physiology

After the seemingly endless heated debates on car parking and pollution caused, I have the perfect solution. Everybody should come by horse. In one fell swoop, this would eliminate both car parking problems and dirty messy pollution.

The horses could be 'parked' on St. George's Field where they would be allowed to stand around all day and chat to each other. Any mess the equinous animals produce could be used as fertiliser for the new look Chancellor's Court. So come on University - how about subsidies for hay and jodhpurs?

Food for thought

Roger Boyle
School of Computer Studies

In answer to your plea (Reporter 399), let me raise an issue that is not car-parking, which I presume is uncontroversial. Am I alone in noticing an enormous improvement in the quality of catering provision since the unlamented departure of Sutcliffes?

I think a potted history of this misguided excursion into privatisation is in order, to ensure as many as possible learn the important lessons and a recurrence is avoided. Perhaps your columns could oblige?

Still going strong

Vanessa Bridge
Editor - The Reporter

This is the 400th edition of The Reporter. The first issue appeared on October 5 1971, and included pieces on joining the staff athletics club, the future of the Department of Agricultural Economics and news of a new degree in pollution control. Car parking was not mentioned until Reporter number 2, and has stayed with us ever since!

The Reporter now reaches more staff than ever and, we hope, continues to be a valued source of information about the University. Here's to the next 400...

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