After reading the Curious Oranges Blog and listening to the endless conversations in the living room I thought I may as well put in my two penn’orth about PULSAR: Lancaster University’s PREMIER Sci-Fi society.
The exec bitches about how the members don’t turn up, various absentee members say how good the society is, some people turn up and have a good time and Writers Guild pinches the barcrawl on Friday nights…
So anyway this is my blog; what about me? I had no intention of joining PULSAR this term, I hope everyone has read this, absolutely no intention. In fact I said so quite a bit to anyone who’d listen: ‘I’m not joinning PULSAR unless Giggles gets voted in as president’ why did I say this? Was she putting some sort of ‘women of Athens’ hold over me? Hardly. I am a teacher training student this term. I don’t have time to do what I essentially can do in my living room; watch sci-fi with friends, have endless arguements over which parts of Dune they screwed up, debate what I would do if I lived on the planet Zog and breathed carbon monoxide.
I have always been part of a minority in PULSAR, by this I mean someone who enjoys the sci-fi that I read perhaps a little more than that which I watch (as someone who used to be a Trekkie I don’t dislike the visual stuff by anymeans…even the real sci-fi rather than Star Trek!) I mean somebody who likes to imagine what would be the consequences of going to the stars. I’m more of an Arthur C Clark woman admittedly than Asimov, and quite frankly prefer H.G. Wells to the two of them but never the less I am a minority in PULSAR and one which the society, as long as I have been a member has never professed to cater for. I found people I could talk to about sci-fi, book sci-fi by joining in my first year and really need never have gone back. However I did enjoy watching the shows with friends (even if until my third year no one seemed to notice I was a member! Anyone got the T-shirt with the full name on it? 🙂 ) and so I kept coming back.
I began to really love the barcrawls last year. I was never a regular attendee really (apart form at Hallowe’en) until last years exec got their hands on them. However I certainly was last year and would be this year if it was for the teacher training killing me.
All in all I thought that joining for the barcrawls was fairly pointless, especially since The Guild go on them. However perhaps I thought that joining next year, should Giggles be voted in as President, might be worthwhile since she was full of new ideas like trips and conventions and sci-fi discussions. Much more something I’d try to make time for. Which brings me to the reason I did join this term. I joined because I wanted to go on the Lord of The Rings Trip. I was very bad, I took unprofessional sort of time off school and went. I had a lot of fun.
Here is a satisfied member: I joined for the trips and the barcrawls, the barcrawls at the beginning of term I enjoed, since having any amount of deadlines I can’t comment on the latest; the trip I thought was fabulous and I know that everyone who went would agree with me. I have got out of PULSAR exactly what I paid for.
However members arent turning up…it’s a good job Ben Miskell isn’t in this society… I know I have a Miskell fan who regularly reads this, suffice it to say I think that the man is underhand and deliberately uses cowardly political tactics to get his way.
Well my mention of Mr. Miskell will have alerted some readers to the fact that I am compareing PULSAR to the ill-fated UniQ. Not that the society is dieing on its arse and the exec are about to get a vote of no confidence but rather I believe that this is a communication issue. Improve your communications; make PULSARIANS enthused about the society and then members will turn up. Your communications are adequate; at least PULSAR knows that you are doing something (which is more than UniQ members did) but do they get off their arses and do something about it? No apparently not. So change the communications. I’m a believer in posters, most people tell me that they don’t work, but at least they raise wider campus knowledge about the society. I am not criticising any member of a very good exec because frankly I am satisified by the society but you’re telling me that nothing is hapening? Well then communicate: what can you change about the emails, how can you make mebers respond? Theres your problem in my view.
You may well turn round to me and say ‘but how would you know? You never turn up’ thats true, but I turn up for what I joined for and I’ve been a more regular member of Pulsar than some who’ve thrown their opinions into the ring. So my constructive criticism out of the way. What else do I think? Don’t get so down-hearted execcies. You are running this society for the members, you’re unhappy that members don’t seem to care, well don’t forget that you are members too; if you’re that pissed off then run the society for you for a bit and kick back and enjoy yourselves. You haven’t been bullied into resigning by a lying scoundrel!