08 June 2011

leafing through my past

Image copyright Ann O'Dyne June 2011

This is the entry area of the university of Ballarat. The only thing about the place that this ex-student can recommend is the autumn landscaping. There is only one road from the centre of Ballarat for the 10 kilometres out to the site. It has two lanes and there are seven schools on it. Buses buses buses, 40 kms limit = Total Gridlock, and that is before the city of Ballarat allowed a huge State Revenue Office to be built next to it, joining the huge premises of IBM. Total gridlock at 8am when they schedule lectures at 8:30am. One road.

That link at 'Buses' leads to a Coalition policy to fix it and I have no faith in it since their plandescribes a right turn that cannot be made by 95% of the traffic problem.
In their laughable School Of Business, they have lecturers in marketing who have never heard of Calvin Klein, or Tiffany stores, or Homer and the rest of The Simpsons. I know you don't believe me but it is true.
John Guyas said he got the job via the internet and wanted to work here because he liked the TV soap Neighbours. Never heard of The Simpsons.
When I expressed astonishment at this failing of a Marketing Lecturer, since TIME magazine voted it the TV show of the century, a third-year Business Degree student said to me "nobody watches that anymore anyhow".
I observed while there that the 'university' is merely a front for their truly profitable business - photocopying and the retailing of crisps and fizzy drinks.


  1. All very puzzling. At least there is some political will about the road. As for the uni, oh dear.

  2. Frustrating to the max. And while the scenery is lovely there is lovely scenery in places without unis. Aaargh.

  3. It is such a shame that young people come to university still idealistic and hoping for a good education, and they are met with careless, myopic lecturers and programmes.

    I love the inspiration of my lecturers and tutors. They encourage me to chose other subjects they teach, and word gets around quickly as to who runs stimulating courses.

    Not everyone has the luxury to travel to the city universities, and it is a shame when those in the towns care little about their reputation or the prospects of their students.