Archive for 17 November 2008

Orchestral manoeuvres on the campus

Posted in Life with tags on 17 November 2008 by Steve

“We don’t hear many good-news stories in these days of doom and gloom; but today’s official opening of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s new building, on the campus of the University of Limerick (UL), is putting smiles on lots of faces. Designed by Project Architects in collaboration with specialist acousticians AWN Consulting, the gleaming new block on the college’s north campus incorporates a state-of-the-art rehearsal room, an instrument storeroom and a musicians’ common room as well as office accommodation for the orchestra’s administrative team …” (more)

[Arminta Wallace, Irish Times, 17 November]

And now for the real university issue: car parking

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 November 2008 by Steve

“In his book The Uses of the University the former Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, Clark Kerr, suggested that a university President has three key tasks which his or her main stakeholders will expect to see achieved: ‘sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.’ Only the last of these, he suggested, presented a problem. In fact, another bon mot also attributed to him is that a university is ‘a series of individual faculty entrepreneurs held together by a common grievance over car parking’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 November]