Study associations depend on evening and lunch

Fewer sponsorship fees and less active members! – Pyrus

Pyrus advocates for the current lunch time and eveningWhen we as Pyrus, Study association of Soil, Water, Atmosphere, heard about the fact that evening lectures were no longer an option for the university we were enthusiastic. This enthusiasm straight away disappeared upon reading the new proposal the university came up with. Especially the possible lunch breaks of only 30 minutes are a problem for us.

As study association, the lunch breaks are really important for us, during the lunch all our committees meet and we give lunch lectures which are mostly sponsored by companies. In the new schedule this isn’t an option anymore which means we will miss out on a lot of sponsorship fees and it will be harder to find committee members. We already received some feedback from our members who said they would quit their committees if the new schedule would be introduced. The lunch breaks are also used as a social break. A lot of our members come to our hutch to relax and socialise with fellow Pyrus members, this results in a good bonding within our association and this will be lost when implementing lunch breaks of 30 minutes.

The twilight lectures till 19:00 aren’t positive for our association either. This would mean that the activities that we organise starting at 17:15 will be poorly attended. We expect the same for our activities starting around 20:00, which involves most of our activities, members that end their day at 19:00 will have to eat their diners in a hurry to be on time for the activities. This will be an obstacle for attending our activities.

Thus, the extended daytime schedule would affect the activity of our members and our financial situation making it harder for us to do our job as study association. We should do everything we can to stop the university from implementing this plan!

The new schedule proposal is a nasty issue for many students and organisations. Instead, the WUR should look for a structural solution in which they:

  1. Use current capacity properly!
  2. Invest in alternatives!
  3. Stop maximum student recruitment!
  4. Assure student development!
  5. Assure proper working conditions

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