Student union sign-ons are low
By JANE GARDNER
IT IS one week into semester one and sign-ups for Southern Cross University's student representative council are dismally low.
The meagre sign-on rate is no doubt an effect of the introduction of Voluntary Student Unionism, which abolished compulsory membership.
Only 288 new students have joined the Lismore campus SRC so far ? five per cent of the total student body.
The SRC president, Michael Lambert, said he was determined to secure the future of the service through creative thinking.
"I'm still hopeful we can keep going by making everything more commercial," he said.
"We run a print and copy shop here and we're looking at expanding into large copying and printing services for companies.
"We're trying to find people willing to sponsor us, and we still get some support from the university."
The SRC provides students with services including discounted copying and printing, computer tutorials, chill-out rooms and advocacy.
Mr Lambert said most students who sign up get their money back within a couple of months, but cash-strapped students often couldn't see that far into the future.
"The classic line I've been hearing is 'that's $40 I could spend on alcohol'," he said.