Freshers Ball at O2 makes sense
De Montfort Students' Union would like to respond to the column in the Leicester Mercury, (First Person, Friday, September 21) which asks why our new students will be attending the O2 Academy for their Freshers' Ball.
The O2 has been chosen to host it for the second year, following success last year. The increased capacity (4,000) means that no first year student who wishes to attend the event will be turned away because of lack of space.
Such was the positive feedback following last year's event that moving it would have been an ill-made decision.
The new students' union, built 10 years ago, has played host to nationally-known DJs and artists and has won the Leicester BestBarNone award for best independent nightclub for the last three years. As such, any venue we work with must provide the high levels of service and standard that our students have become accustomed to.
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There are fond memories of the old students' union, but being in the Campus Centre has enabled us to provide far more services for students, like DSU Volunteering, which saw students collectively give 16,000 hours of time to the community last academic year.
The letting departments at the two students' unions have recently merged to form Sulets, which provides fair, ethical accommodation to more than 1,000 students in Leicester.
Leicester is blessed with having two world-class institutions. Of course, there is a friendly rivalry, but if collaborating on one-off events and long-term projects is in the best interest of our students, then that is what we will do.
The experience of our membership is, always has been, and always will be, our paramount priority.
Tom Williams, De Montfort Students' Union.
ONE simple solution for the big screen – use it to sell commercial advertising to local and national advertisers. This should raise the £105,000 that it costs to run every year plus, hopefully, also make a profit and give a large bonus to offset against Sir Peter Soulsby's proposed £4 million Jubilee Square project.
Art Zarb, Oadby.