Arc announced yesterday the creation of a new council to represent students living on campus.
Approved by the Arc Board late last year, the Inter-Residence Council (IRC) will consist of members from each of the UNSW colleges – Basser, Baxter, Goldstein, Shalom, New, New College Village, Warrane, Creston, International House and Village.
It’s envisaged that the new council will elect a President in the coming weeks, and will be responsible for running various events for residents through the year.
According to the Chair of the Board, Natalie Karam, the IRC will facilitate knowledge-sharing amongst residences, create ties with other residences and increase representation of residents on accommodation and campus community issues.
In 2010 UNSW became one of only a handful of universities to allow a private operator to open accommodation facilities on campus, with Campus Living Villages opening UNSW Village. Recent construction on lower campus is expected to substantially increase the number of residents once complete in 2014.
Ms Karam told Tharunka that therr are several issues facing residents this year. “The biggest issues facing colleges this year are building a sense of community between residents during the renovations at the Kensington Colleges and incorporating new residences such as the interfaith college into campus community life,” she said.
Amy Burton, a former resident said most college students are from regional Australia and adjusting to an independent lifestyle in a new city is daunting. “Many of these students are also fighting a financial battle as accommodation on campus is significantly more expensive than other housing options,” she said.
Tharunka also heard complaints about the quality of food at colleges. “The food is lower grade than that being served up at Long Bay prison,” one resident said.
President of the SRC, Tim Kaliyanda, said the creation of IRC was a positive step. “It’ll ensure the voice of UNSW’s college students is heard throughout campus,” he told l.
It is hoped the new Council will provide an opportunity for Arc to better engage with campus residence.