Recently, there has been a new Vine taking the internet by storm. It features an overly excited American man with pretty slick dance moves singing about someone who is ‘always lying’. The deep, relatable lyrics include ‘why the f*ck you lying? Why you always lying? Mmmohmygawd stop f*ckin’ lying!’ (If you haven’t seen said video already, YouTube it now – you won’t regret it.) Of course, the ever-hilarious Twitterati have made the video even funnier by placing it next to captions, such as “when your friend who’s always on their phone says they didn’t see your text”.
8:30am starts will only be for freshers – LOL guess what guys, they were lying
However, I propose a new caption to go alongside the Vine that will have us all slapping our knees with laughter. One that reads “when the University of Exeter says that 8:30am starts will only be for freshers”.
When news of a change to University timetables was originally announced, the student body, the Student’s Guild and plenty of University staff gave a collective Simon Cowell-esque “it’s a no from me.” Of course, the University went ahead with the plans anyway, as if they didn’t it would almost be like we are living in some kind of democracy, where we actually have a say in where our £9,000 a year is spent. In fairness to the University, they did try to appease us by first initiating the changes on a ‘trial basis’ (which was quickly made a permanent change, despite the grumbles) and by promising that lectures and seminars taking place at such an un-godly hour would be largely reserved for freshers. Of course, this was just another lie… I’m starting to see a pattern here.
When my third year friends and I received our timetables, we were pretty shocked and angry that almost all of us had at least one 8:30am start and some of us had three, or god forbid, four. Of course, the naysayers will argue that it’s only a half-hour difference and that there are plenty of real life adult people who start their jobs at half eight in the morning, or even beforehand. The thing is though, it’s not just about having to get up earlier, (although that is a pretty big part of it) it’s about the trust. The University has lied to me time and time again and I’m starting to think that this relationship just might not be working anymore.
It’s not just about having to get up eariler, it’s about the trust
I’m just not sure how many more revelations I can take. The next thing you know we’ll find out that the Vice Chancellor earns over 200 thousand pounds a year while we struggle to buy a Marketplace meal ‘deal’, or that the University is continually treating our Higher Education as a commodity in order to drive profitability and accept more students (just imagine that!). So please, University of Exeter, hear my plea and start telling us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. In other words, ‘mmmmohmygawd stop f*ckin’ lying.’